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  1. For those of you that are fans of Kristina Lind, you may enjoy this video of the Munich Ballet Company Class from World Ballet Day 2019. Lind is vey prominent. At the barre, she is on one of the barres on the left part of the screen. She stands behind a beautiful dancer in a black t shirt. Kirstins is in all black with pointe shoes on. In the center, she also stays to the left and wears a purple leotard with black shorts. Kristina is such a divine dancer and those feet n' legs...dreamy... Yana Zelensky teaches this fantastic class! Very good for strength building with simple yet challenging combinations. The dancers are top notch!
  2. A lot of my early ballet viewing was on VHS tapes but the first ballet I saw ABT do live was Romeo and Juliet. So I will start there. 1. Romeo and Juliet - Marianna Tcherkassky and John Gardner 2. Giselle - Alessandra Ferri 3. Don Quixote - VHS with Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov 4. Le Jeune Homme et la Morte - Mikhail Baryshnikov in the opening scene of White Nights. The music got into my soul... 5. Triad - VHS with Amanda McKerrow, Robert La Fosse, and Johan Renvall
  3. According to this article she was in Concerto Barocco at the 2019 workshop performance. Lovely photo of her! http://www.seeingdance.com/school-of-american-ballet-12062019/
  4. Congratulations to all who were promoted! So they get to choose their variations or are they assigned?
  5. @Sebastien Yes I had the same thing so I just gave up. If you find a solution please let me know.
  6. It's funny that you should mention their pointe shoes as a week prior I had seen them do Jewels in Los Angeles and noticed the same thing. Hopefully Gaynor can find a way to keep their shoe more comfortable and durable while making them more aesthetically pleasing. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to see them do La Bayadere in DC. Kondaurova was Nikiya and Batoeva was Gamzatti. It was heavenly. Thank you for your detailed review!
  7. Very exciting indeed! I would love to see Charline Giezendanner promoted to Premiere Danseuse.
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    Victor Lebedev

    In my opinion it is outstanding for a number of reasons. First of all he is a strong partner and really allows Borchenko to shine and shine she does! Secondly, he is a brilliant actor portraying the troubled Prince Seigfried in 3 dimensions. Lastly, his technique is SUPERB. Those clean fifths he lands in from the double tours enl'air in his variation are so clean.
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    David Zaleyev

    Recently I have discovered that amazingness that is David Zaleyev, Second Soloist at Mariinsky. Last weekend I saw him in the pas de trois in Emeralds and he was one of the best male dancers on stage that entire evening. Here he is with Renata Shakirova in a 2017 performance of The Nutcracker. It makes me wonder why he isn't a first soloist yet. In my opinion he is quite a versatile dancer. He can do roles such as Mercutio, The Jester in Legend of Love, Broze Idol, The Hooligan and then be a princely cavalier in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Mariinsky has a wealth of male (and female) talent in the soloist ranks.
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    Victor Lebedev

    WOW! Lebedev's variation in this is fantastic! His technique is so clean and he has such a lovely facility. Soboleva is quite lovely as well.
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    Victor Lebedev

    What a lovely dancer to discuss! It looks as though he is on the shorter side and perhaps he thought he would be limited at the Mariinsky. Isn't Sarafanov married to Olesya Novikova? Is that a common thing to be married and be in separate companies? Check out this charming performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-khwp2WPi_I
  12. That is disappointing to here that the Bolshoi's contribution is staged. This is the first year Shipulina was not seen taking class and I always loved watching her.
  13. Thank you for the review! I did not realize Simone Messmer had left the company. Do you know why or where she went?
  14. Oooh I will have to go find that Giselle on Youtube STAT! Was just watching her Lilac Fairy debut. For such a young dancer she already has a lovely depth and maturity on top of her perfect technique. I'm delighted that she is getting Odette/Odile. I would also love to see her as Giselle in a full length, Juliet, Princess Aurora, La Sylphide, Princess Shyrin, and Diamonds.
  15. @Buddy Thank you for your addition and videos. What an innovative thought to put ballet on mute and watch it to another piece of music! Your description of Maria's face as being "angel-like" is absolutely perfect! She was angelic in every way.
  16. First of all, thank you for the review of the cast you saw. It sounds like it was fantastic. In terms of the chomping that would have gotten me upset as well. You're not crazy. I did not know that food was allowed in the theatre and would have thought that that was against the policy. I'm sorry that you had that experience.
  17. It was a magical evening last night at the Music Center watching Mariinsky perform Jewels. Here is a summary of the beauty that I witnessed: The curtain opened on Emeralds to a beautiful dreamy scene of soft shimmering green hues, the lovely corps, and the first couple Daria Ionova and Maxim Zyuzin. Maxim was a stable and handsome partner for Daria who was magnificent. She used her port de bras so beautifully. In fact at the intermission my husband, who is no ballet expert at all, mentioned that the Mariinsky dancers use their arms/hands/wrists differently than the American dancers we see. I was impressed by his observations as the Russians tend to start the movements from their thoracic spinal areas and it truly is beautiful. It may not be pure Balanchine but it was lovely to see. Maria Iliushkina and Roman Belyakov were the second couple. There is another thread just about Maria and her bright future and from this performance, I agree. First of all she has a beautiful face - almost doll like. She was almost floating during her walking pas de deux and was so expressive in her variation. She melted into to some of those poses so beautifully. The pas de trois was excellent with 3 fantastic dancers. Mai Nagahisa (who always catches the eye of myself and my husband), Laura Fernandez, and David Zaleyev. They were a spirited and light trio full of energy and perfect technique. The corps and all of the dancers seemed very well rehearsed. Maria seemed to be the crowd favorite of this one. it was a great start to the evening! Rubies was my favorite. Nadezhda Batoeva and Philipp Stepin blew me away! They showed nuances that I had never noticed before in this ballet. They were having a great time, the tricky partnering looked like a walk in the park, and they sparkled! Hopefully they both will be promoted to principal during their careers as they are deserving. Maria Bulanova as the Tall Girl was sensual and powerful. She seemed relaxed during the penchee section as she exits the stage. This ballet was the highlight of the evening for me as it was fun, surprising, and risky. There was only one mistake in the whole evening and it was during the section with the man and the 4 corps men as they sautee quickly. One corps man didn't get to the sautee fast enough but it was hardly noticeable. Ah - the splendor that is Ekaterina Kondaurova! She did not disappoint at all. She was regal, elegant, haughty, and gorgeous. Andrei Yermakov was her partner. He was great in his solo sections with his menage of jumps and turns in second. The corps de ballet was radiant. A magical evening indeed!!!
  18. From the performance I saw of her this evening doing the "walking pas deux" in Jewels in Los Angeles, I would have to say that she has a bright future ahead of her. She was radiant, elegant, and floated on a the gorgeous cloud of perfume this ballet was meant to evoke. Maria was a highlight of this performance.
  19. A couple of years ago I saw Mariinsky performa La Bayadere at the Kennedy Center. it warms my heart that Ivanova stood out for you as she did the same for me. My husband, who knows very little about ballet, said she was one of his favorite dancers on stage. She was a shade and in the pas de quatre in the Act II Grand pas. She truly does shine. Not only is she radiant to look at but she is a beautiful dancer with lovely feet and legs.
  20. Apologies as I am coming rather late to this discussion. I happen to love that Marianela Nunez was mentioned. Also Obratsova and Krysanova. I would like to add Tereshinka to the list as well. It is a difficult thing to choose just one current female "Ruler of ballet". There are so many aspects that go into it that everyone has mentioned. For me personally I think Tereshinka is quite versatile. Perhaps the romantic style may not be her strong suit though. Thank you as this is a most interesting discussion!
  21. Thank you for the update! Glad to hear that she's not injured. Congrats to her and her husband!
  22. This may be a bit off topic but does anyone know why Anastasia Stashkevich hasn't done any performances for a while. She is not scheduled too either. Perhaps she is pregnant? Hope she's not injured. I like her.
  23. Thank you so much for sharing this! Big congrats to Kristina on her promotion! Very well deserved. Her leg and feet...divine!
  24. Thank you for the info about Anna. After you mentioned the recent debuts in smaller roles I had to check it out. I imagine you are are indeed correct that she has gone as far as she will go. I have always enjoyed watching her in featured roles and variations and I guess that is what I will continue to enjoy her in.
  25. Congratulations to all of those who have been promoted! That is too bad about Volchkov. I see he has some performances coming up so hopefully he will still continue to dance often. Hopefully Anna Tikhomirova and Ksenia Zhiganshina will be promoted soon.
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