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  1. Thank you @aqualia2008 for another wonderful video! Lebedev really has a beautiful facility to work with. His feet and ankles are gorgeously arched. He has great technique - landing in 5th very cleanly. My only wish is that he wouldn't lift that hip up so high in order to get his arabesque higher. I imagine he is quite flexible in those hips.
  2. That was fantastic!!! Made my day! Thanks for sharing that!
  3. WOW! This sounds like a wonderful and exciting opportunity for David. Congratulations to him! He did his long rehab with the therapists at the Australian Ballet and in his book he mentioned how highly regarded the company.
  4. Thank YOU for sharing your story. Much like you, my eating disorder started a long while ago (early 1990's) and it would have been so helpful if we had someone like Kathryn Morgan who spoke openly about this sort of thing. For me it felt like suffering silently and alone and I thought it was normal. Kudos to people who are opening up and starting discussions about this. I am sorry that you had to go through that.
  5. Thank you so much for posting this and welcome! This video touches me quite personally because at age 12 I had my first of 4 hospitalizations for anorexia and I was also a serious ballet student. My situation was different because I was never told to lose weight. At the Washington Ballet School, I was not allowed to audition for the Nutcracker until I put on some weight and at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet I was asked to leave until I gained weight. Luckily these 2 ballet schools acted responsibly in my situation. This is a really tough issue because ballet does have certain aesthetics. If a dancer really is having an issues with too much weight there needs to be a better way to address it and to help them. Ballet involves scrutinizing every inch of the body in front of a mirror every day so that alone can cause issues. Many ballet companies employ beautiful dancers who aren't stick thin and hopefully more companies can catch on. Today's choreographic demands require a lot of strength and an undernourished body will not be able to keep up. Thank you Kathryn Morgan for shedding some light on this situation so we can try to come up with better solutions.
  6. Actually I had started this thread: https://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/45241-ballet-wish-lists-for-companies/?tab=comments#comment-421302 Your idea of naming it "If I were Diaghilev" is fantastic!
  7. This is a delightfully strong performance from both Maria and Nikitina! Every time I watch Maria, I am almost hypnotized by the beautiful way she uses her hands, fingers, wrists, and arms to accentuate her character. She truly embodies the delicate quality that this role requires. Oh how lovely I think she would be as Giselle, Juliet, and Princess Aurora...and Princess Shyrin, La Sylphide, and the list can keep going...
  8. Thank you! In terms of stats, I suppose it's just nice to be in communication with other like-minded ballet lovers who enjoy staying up to date on all things ballet! But it would be fun to have "fantasy ballet" leagues!!!
  9. Emily12 I couldn't of said it better myself. As a fellow actress, many casting decisions are simply out of our control and so much more goes into that than talent alone. It is probably the same in ballet. Also I agree that Sarah Lane has had many great roles and opportunities.
  10. Back in 2012 or so, ABT brought Sleeping Beauty to Los Angeles and Christine Schevchenko was the Songbird Fairy in the prologue and nearly stole the show.
  11. Josette thank you so much for your thoughts in this performance. I am glad that we both were so moved by it. It was a truly magical performance!
  12. Please accept my apologies for coming so late to this conversation but I was very happy to have found it as I was at that Sunday matinee performance. The reason I am commenting is that I was so moved by the performance that I still think about it. It is almost 11 years later and the memories that stand out the most are Irina Dvorovenko as Giselle, Veronika Part as Myrtha, and the glorious corps in Act II. Irina moved me to tears with her portrayal. Never before had I seen the vulnerability and the "weak heart" of Giselle so clearly. Her mad scene was fantastic. it is no surprise that she is now an actress. Veronika was a force to be reckoned with while being velvety smooth. The wilds were fantastic!
  13. @The Traveling Ballerina thank you for your wonderful review! In fact, thank you for all of you reviews. It gives me greats pleasure to read them. That photo of Hee Seo from the first act is sublime.
  14. Agreed on San Francisco! Boston would be a viable option as well. Miami City is very Balanchine heavy. Agreed all around! Great company, great rep, great city! They both would do well there. Houston Ballet seemed like an especially good option for them since they are heavy on the classics and MacMillan and they seem to like petit dancers.
  15. For a long time now I have felt that both Sarah Lane and Skylar Brandt would do quite well at Houston Ballet.
  16. That's fantastic!!! Congratulations to Kyle!
  17. Thank you!!! Just finished watching it! Here are my thoughts: The sets for the first act were beautiful. Personally I prefer that all of the corps women wear pointe shoes in that first act rather than character shoes and I thought that the costumes for the two women in the PDT could have been prettier. However, the dancing was lovely and I loved Seigfried's first variation. Lebedev is a truly magnificent dancer. Acts II and IV were lovely. The swans were fantastic as were the three big swans. IMO the cygnets were ALMOST perfect except for the heads. The turning of the heads was spectacular but the amount that the chins were lowered was slightly off. Truly I am just being nitpick here as overall the dancing was magnificent. Act III was great. The Black Swan PDD is usually my favorite and they did not disappoint. Lebedev and Borchenko make a strong pairing. I had already seen this and previously commented but I was reminded how superb they both are. Beautiful Swan Lake indeed!
  18. @aqualia2008 I was just watching this video that you had posted on your Youtube channel (to which I am a delighted subscriber): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csKsvS4NJ4I WOW! The subtle nuances that she adds here are tremendous. The tempo in the pas de deux seems a little slow. In her variation she added a fouetté in that pirouette to attitude turn and I LOVED it!!!!!!! The way she uses her head and hands really give her Odile a devilish color!
  19. Oooooohhh!!! Great topic you started! Ekaterina Borchenko has quite a beautiful facility to work with and she uses all of her gifts so well. Those gorgeous legs and feet of hers looked smooth and strong in the Queen of the Dryads. But her Swan Lake is superb! What an actress she is - portraying Odette and Odile with such specificity and depth. I especially loved her Odile. She combines her femininity, lovely face, gorgeous arms and epaulment, and strength using that amazing Vaganova training.
  20. Thank you @sf_herminator!!!! Please do share your thoughts on tonight's performance! Enjoy!
  21. thank you @sf_herminator for the link to Misa's interview. In 2018 I had the pleasure of seeing her as the dewdrop fairy in Boston Ballet's Nutcracker and she blew me away. Her musicality, phrasing, jumps, speed, and lightness were so beautiful. San Fransisco Ballet has quite an impressive roster off dancers.
  22. Thank you for the update! I am delighted that Eleonora can have a proper retirement performance dancing some of her favorite ballets.
  23. Thank you so much to all of the board administrators and ballet fans who add so much to this site. Ballet Talk brings me so much pleasure on a daily basis to be able to be "in the know" about so many different ballet dancers, companies, and to have access to the extensive knowledge of so many balletomanes. I have deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this and to those who continue to keep it running so well. Ballet Talk allows us to have the stats and info the same way that sports fan have about their favorite players and teams.
  24. This is a sad situation all around. But I do think that Misty Copeland could have handled this differently by directly calling out the company versus posting a photo of young ballet students. In my opinion, Misty has every right to be upset and speak out about it but these students probably had no idea it is upsetting to many people and most likely were just very excited to be performing in such a big ballet.
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