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  1. Thank you for sharing the video @Buddy! She is so lovely. The way she uses her hands is so feminine and beautiful.
  2. Josette I saw her Emeralds in LA as well and she was breathtaking. I'm delighted to hear that you had the pleasure of meeting her and that her personality was a genuine as her dancing. What rank was Alina Somova when she debuted her Swan Lake? From what I recall it was very early in her career.
  3. Thank you for the news @Ashton Fan. A big congratulations to Reece Clark on his promotion!!! It makes me happy to see Mendizabel getting a shot at the role of Titiana as I have always admired her dancing and acting abilities. Last Spring I saw the Royal Ballet in LA do Mayerling and she was Empress Elizabeth. She was fantastic!
  4. Thank you @Princesspanda for starting this topic as I did get tickets to Program 5 and will be traveling there to see it. In my opinion, SF Ballet is always worth the trip. Thank you to everyone else who has provided more info.
  5. This would have to by my favorite as well due to my own personal nostalgia, my love for the beautiful pas de deux for Kirkland and Baryshnikov, and the Buffoon Pas de Quatre. Sadly this version did not allow for showcasing as many dancers as other productions. I think the Nutcracker is a great opportunity to show off lower ranking dancers. I also happen to enjoy the Motion Picture Nutcracker from PNB with the amazing Maurice Sendak designs. The cast for that ballet was amazing. Of course I think the best version would be Balanchine's. More recently I have become a fan of Mikko Nissinen's version for Boston Ballet. It features a Clara who is professional level student.
  6. The same thought crossed my mind as well. Schevchenko looked divine in the Swan Lake footage but it would seem to make more sense to be showing Nutcracker footage.
  7. Here is a nice interview with Christine Schevchenko speaking about the Nutcracker and her new book "The Style of Movement". https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/4253710-dancer-christine-shevchenko-talks-the-nutcracker-playing-in-costa-mesa/
  8. Hello Ballet Alert People! This seemed like a fun discussion to start. What ballets (full length or one act) would you like to see added or brought back to specific company's repertoires? This could be totally realistic or a fanciful wish. Here is my list I will start with: MARIINKSY - Coppelia, Manon, Onegin PARIS OPERA BALLET - La Fille du Pharoan, Les Sylphides BOLSHOI - Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering ROYAL BALLET - La Dame Aux Camelias
  9. Etoile Eleonora Abbagnato will be performing Le Parc on December 23 for her farewell performance. IMO this will be a lovely ballet for her to exit with. There is a great video on the Paris Opera website on this link. https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/magazine/parcours-detoile-with-eleonora-abbagnato?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_term=_
  10. If anyone saw May Nagahisa's Giselle with Philipp Stepin I would love to hear about it.
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. Congratulations to all who were promoted! So they get to choose their variations or are they assigned?
  15. @Sebastien Yes I had the same thing so I just gave up. If you find a solution please let me know.
  16. 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!
  17. Very exciting indeed! I would love to see Charline Giezendanner promoted to Premiere Danseuse.
  18. 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.
  19. ECat

    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Thank you for the review! I did not realize Simone Messmer had left the company. Do you know why or where she went?
  24. 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.
  25. @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.
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