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The Traveling Ballerina

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    former professional ballet dancer, teacher, writer
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    Washington, DC
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    Washington, DC

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  1. I watched Forsythe Elements and was disappointed that no complete ballets were shown; here's my review of the program. I'm guessing the rest of the digital season will be similar.
  2. I felt the company was a lot stronger in the Ashton works than in Balanchine's, but I suppose that's to be expected? There is definitely some young talent to keep an eye on, though! Here's my review of Program 2.
  3. Yesterday's opening night performance was absolutely stunning! I believe it's time for Compañía Nacional de Danza to shine again in the international spotlight. Here's my review.
  4. Here in Madrid cinemas, theatres, and auditoriums are open at 75% capacity; so the rep run should be good to go. I'll be attending tomorrow's opening night - the first time I've stepped into a theatre since February! As you mention, though, Giselle could be a toss up considering regulations are in constant flux reflecting the actual state of things. We shall see.
  5. Joaquín de Luz is a gem! He has so much artistic talent supported by a strategic mind and a passion for his craft. I had the opportunity to chat with him a bit after a press conference at Teatro Real in Madrid; here's more about what's going on with CND including some interesting facts about his new Giselle!
  6. I read an article earlier today that El Español published about this and felt that it needs to be told in English; the result is this feature “Ballerina with Alzheimer’s: The Untold Story of Marta Cinta”. Here is my translation into English, if any of you are interested
  7. I had never seen Grand Rapids Ballet, so was glad to have had the opportunity last night. The opening video and closing interview with Darrell Grand Moultrie were such highlights of a packed program. Here's my thoughts
  8. I really wanted to like this program, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me; here's how I feel about it. What did all of you think?
  9. Although not currently, I have spent a majority of my life inside a ballet studio as student, performer, teacher, and director. I applaud and admire all those in the industry who have quickly adapted to the challenges faced during the current state of things, and I had a chance to chat with Russian Masters Ballet director Asiya Lukmanova about the advantages and learning curves they have faced while transitioning to what is now the new norm. If anyone is interested, here's my interview with her. 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎?
  10. This program is only available for a few more hours, so if you're interested you'll need to get on it quickly. One of the positive outcomes of the current pandemic is the opportunity to see more regional companies that generally speaking don't have as broad a reach as more globally recognized national ones - here's my thoughts on Ballet Arizona.
  11. In my opinion, it's not a must-see by any means in respect to ballet choreography. But as a historical nugget, why not?
  12. They are fantastic! I'm looking forward to The Lost Nutcracker so that I can see them dance classical works as well.
  13. Last night was the first time I've seen Tulsa Ballet perform, and I was extremely impressed. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend you purchasing a ticket as this program is available for viewing both in person and streaming for a few more weeks. Here are my impressions of Creations Reimagined.
  14. So browsing Marquee TV, I discovered that Gene Kelly choreographed a ballet! Here's a short article I wrote covering a bit about the history and my thoughts about Pas de Dieux. Has anyone else seen this piece?
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