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The Traveling Ballerina

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    former professional ballet dancer, teacher, writer
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  1. The Traveling Ballerina

    An Interview with Pablo Perez

    I interviewed my dear friend Pablo Perez who is in his second year as Ballet Master for Carolina Ballet. We danced in the company together since its founding and have remained close since then. Does anyone else here in this forum know him?
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    Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

    I imagine that there are many folks outside of England who love it! It's quite possible that I'm the anomaly
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    Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

    I searched the forum to check if anyone else has seen or commented about Bourne's Cinderella but couldn't find anything. I went to the performance last night at The Kennedy Center, and I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed. I really wanted to love it considering the high praises I have heard from colleagues and reviews of his other productions. If you're interested, here are some of my thoughts about the show. And I would truly appreciate reading the opinion of others, especially from those who enjoyed it.
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    PNB's Jonathan Porretta is Retiring

    In case you haven't heard the news yet...
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    Considering Substance Abuse by Ballet Dancers

    Yes, of course. It's definitely not a new topic; just glad to help keep the awareness about it going.
  6. A colleague of mine, Eugene C Barnes III, has decided to share a part of his journey related to substance abuse caused by pressures in the ballet world. This is a very serious topic and I applaud is courage; perhaps someone out there needs to hear his words to know s/he is not alone.
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    Considering Ballet Body Image

    As any new year approaches, there tends to be much buzz about losing weight. This inspired me to write about the specific emphasis that is placed on dancers to have just the right body. I hope we can keep this important conversation going.
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    Interview with Graham Lustig

    If I lived closer, I surely would!
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    Interview with Graham Lustig

    I had the opportunity to chat with Graham after about 20 years since last seeing him! I had the honor of being cast in several of his pieces while at Hartford Ballet and loved dancing each and every one of them
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    Nutcracker Quiz

    Hi Amy, The first question asked what book "The Nutcracker" is based on, and that is "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". Perhaps I could have phrased the second question more clearly to ask who the original author of the book is. Thanks for the feedback! Christensen's Nutcracker is still alive and strong; in fact, I saw Ballet West's performance just a couple of weeks ago
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    Nutcracker Quiz

    I am so glad you wrote because I was wondering who the only person so far with a 100% is! Congrats And now you know a little more about me!
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    Nutcracker Quiz

    The Nutcracker has been a huge part of half my life, but there are some interesting facts that I only just recently learned. So I decided to put together a quiz that includes questions about the history, music, and plot of the ballet. Hope you find it fun and perhaps educational, too!
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    Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    I have fixed the link - thanks for pointing that out! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the performance.
  14. I wasn't sure the best place to post this and my intent was to add this to a conversation going on in the "Press Releases and Season Announcements" section, but for some reason I am unable to post a reply there. I didn't see the performance, but I have contributors to The Traveling Ballerina who did. This is their review. Personally, don't think it's my cup of tea.
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    Ballet West's Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center

    After seeing his Nutcracker, I would absolutely love to see W. Christensen's Swan Lake and Coppelia! Are they still being performed? This piece is executed so well! One of the most engaging Flowers both for its costuming and staging.