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  1. I hope someone has attended and will report. This production looks absolutely incredible -- so creative! I wonder if something "immersive" like this might have a following and live on long after Covid. For anyone interested, they will be streaming the performance beginning December 23rd. Here's the info: https://www.nutcrackeratwethersfield.com/stream
  2. Chun Wai is a lovely dancer, and Houston will be sad to see him go. I'm sure he will make a great addition to the NYCB roster, though it feels like a strange time to hire someone with all the NYCB dancers laid off until summer. As has often been discussed here, NYCB is way behind on promoting some of its own dancers, so I also wonder why that didn't take precedence.
  3. What an absolute mess. All of it. My personal take-aways: Choose your friends (and lovers) wisely. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Remember that anything you send by email/text or post on social media never actually goes away, no matter how you might try.
  4. You're right: it's not surprising, but what heartbreak for the dancers and audiences alike. I worry about layoffs in the company without that ticket revenue.
  5. Yes, talk about night and day!
  6. I wonder if last night's offering would have been better received if they hadn't called it a "gala?" I feel the program needed some other designation, as "gala" evokes a very specific promise of what's to be offered... and ABT did not deliver. I assumed I'd be tuning in to enjoy a curated program of actual dancing (much like NYCB's mixed-rep type offering that's currently available until Friday). I hoped for a collection of fabulous pas de deux, variations, and awe-inspiring corps moments from the last few seasons, with maybe a smattering of famous historical ABT performances from the past 80 years included for our enjoyment.
  7. Thank you for sharing. It appears from many of the NYCB dancers' Instagram pages that they've all begun receiving flooring sent to them by NYCB and Harlequin. Hopefully that will ease some of the "ouch factor" of all that dancing on hard wood, tile, carpet, or what-have-you.
  8. This is such a fabulous, creative, generous thing! I will say that, as a teacher in a neighborhood ballet school, most schools in our area are having their teachers film classes that they can email to their enrolled students. I'm preparing to do this myself! I know many of my students are taking advantage of the generosity of all the professional dancers posting class or barre on Instagram!
  9. In her recent Instagram story, which she's saved to her profile (you can still go see it), Waterbury says she realizes that "pedophile" is a controversial term, but after seeing the texts it is clear to her "that's what he's after" (implying Amar, as this comes after a long rant about him, in particular). She then goes on to say that, in order to be "politically correct," she will now "address Amar as a 'sexual predator who preys on really young people because they are really young.'" She also typed the phrase I just wrote in quotes onto the story.
  10. I performed the role of Berthe several times, once upon another life. And if I'm understanding the part you're asking about correctly, I believe she may be helping remove hair pins from Giselle's hair, which comes out of the bun during the mad scene.
  11. I have no in-depth knowledge of the law, but understand that many of you are educated in this area. My question is: at what point does Alexa have grounds for some kind of civil defamation suit against Alexandra? Or does she? Trying to put myself in Alexa's shoes here, though obviously that's impossible, and feeling like I would want to seek some legal solution to keep Alexandra from attacking me all over the internet....
  12. Looking back, it's pretty impressive how much she danced this past spring (including several debuts, if I'm remembering correctly) while presumably dealing with the usual fatigue and nausea that accompany the first trimester of a pregnancy. And twins! Wow!
  13. Speaking of technically demanding: I watched the first movement on this video (thank you, @canbelto!) and found myself thinking - not for the first time - that Balanchine's choreography was too tough for the dancers he created on. We're fortunate so many of his ballets have survived and truly shine on the dancers of this generation. Just my opinion, and of course I mean no disrespect to the dancers in this video, or at any time between now and then. I was one myself, and had the joy of dancing the first movement of Western. I'm simply saying these steps are hard as the dickens and tough to make look polished and clean.
  14. Not sure if this is a terribly legitimate news source, but this article mentions that Peter Martins has been working with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. https://pagesix.com/2019/04/17/disgraced-ballet-master-peter-martins-hiding-out-in-russia/
  15. Such a heartfelt video. She honestly does have an incredible story; I can't think of another like it. I hope she'll go on to have a long, happy career at MCB.
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