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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    Not that it's necessarily related, but isn't she from the same (training) group that Giselle Bethea is from? SO gorgeous line and potential (and competitive accolades) but not necessarily longevity. I see that there's a new crop that are getting some attention (Madison Penney and Tia Wenkman). Are they "doomed" to the same fate?
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    Sergei Polunin

    Thank you for this. It was a great read and does lend some insight!
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    Sergei Polunin

    Is he still with Osipova? If so, I wonder how she feels about all this. I think this is the interview where it absolutely seemed like she wore the pants in that relationship.
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    Skylar Brandt in Big Ballet-Moscow

    I actually very much enjoyed this. Skylar's performance in particular is quite mesmerizing. Same for the previous week's performance to the modern Italian piece that was choreographed specifically for them. I think what I absolutely adore about Skylar is her versatility. She is one of those dancers that you can give any piece or genre and I feel she would do it well. Tiler Peck is another person who comes to mind that I feel this way with. Marinela Nunez too. And even many of the upcoming younger artists in foreign companies seem to exude this as well (like Maria Khoreva and the some of her fellow graduates).
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    Sergei Polunin

    Unwise or not, I do find his reasoning for his tattoo "obsession" to be fascinating. In interview clips I've watched, he alludes to the concept of freedom over his own body in the ballet world. One might say that all of his tattoos are unwise choices for employment in traditional ballet companies.
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    Skylar Brandt in Big Ballet-Moscow

    FYI the second episode is up. She starts at about 1hr in. Also, duh me....I was watching on the kultura site that did not have the translation. Yay for youtube so now I can know what's being said.
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    Skylar Brandt in Big Ballet-Moscow

    Anyone know what the judges were saying about their performance? And if Skylar was being scored, how do you think she would have placed among the female competitors? Also, she posted this on Instagram. I can't believe she did that performance after so little prep.
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    Skylar Brandt in Big Ballet-Moscow

    https://tvkultura.ru/ I don't think I could watch the show "live" but eventually I was able to click on the where it has Zakharova and watched that way.
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    Skylar Brandt in Big Ballet-Moscow

    Has anyone been watching this? I can't understand any of the Russian while watching, but I was able to finish the first episode last night online on the Russian Kultura site. Whenever I've watched videos of Skylar in the past, it's been limited to what she posts on Instagram and also some youtube videos that aren't necessarily the greatest quality. I've never attended a live performance with her but have read some comments here. I was a fan before but after watching the clips, I'm even more so now. Out of character, she's quirky and seems so down to earth. And then in character (Giselle), she's so dainty and expressive with her big doe eyes. Again, I have never been to a live performance, but could easily see how her performance could carry to an audience.
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    Maria Khoreva

    Yeah, I don't think the statement about who else is in that company is correct, but I'm less interested in that than I am about the fact that she is a soloist (even though she's listed as a corps member on the website).
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    Maria Khoreva

    I found this Women's Fitness Article that implies that she received a soloist contract right out of Vaganova. "A significant fact is that Maria Khoreva started her career at the Mariinsky Ballet with a soloist contract, which was only granted to Nureev and Nizhinsky before her."
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    Maria Khoreva

    Figured I would start a topic for her since it looks like her star will continue to rise. Here's a recent interview with her that includes English Subtitles.
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    Vaganova Prix

    Here's the clip of just that if anyone doesn't want to search the entire feed. She's so lyrical with her arms. Another ballerina in the same class as her, Yulia Spirodonova, is also lovely and became another favorite of mine in the same Paquita that Drew mentioned. In Suite en Blanc she was one of the trio at the beginning with the long tutus. Their teacher is Irina Sitnikova. Does anyone know anything about her? There's always talk about Kovaleva and the virtuosity of her students but I wonder if the lyricism of both Khiteeva and Spirodonova signifies a hallmark of Sitnikova.
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    Vaganova Prix

    First part is the award presentations and performances from the winners. Later there's a performance of Suite en Blanc with many of the 2018 grads returning to perform. I love the ballet and they perform it marvelously.
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    Paquita!

    So the night Maria Khoreva debuted in the role included several other performances by newer performers (or recent Vaganova grads) as well. Here's video of her performance at the end but the other clips from this channel showcase the variations and Bulanova: I love Paquita. It's a pipe dream to see it live some day (or even just the grand pas).
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