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The Traveling Ballerina

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  1. I had an opportunity to get inside the head of Tulsa Ballet's Artistic Director Marcello Angelini to find out what it's like having to balance economics and sensitivity in order to keep his company alive and strong, especially during these challenging times. I hope you enjoy my interview with Marcello - his insight is priceless!
  2. I love hearing about ballerinas who also want to be scientists As what happened when I interviewed Jordan-Elizabeth Long, only a couple of questions led to an essay-length response. Hope you enjoy reading Eastlyn's as much as I did!
  3. Hi Everyone, I have just published a story titled The Professional Ballet Community Adapts in a Pandemic World: Artistic Leadership, Dancers, and Educators Share Their Thoughts About the Past, Present, and Future in which 35 professionals of the ballet world respond to the following questions: 1. How have the events of the past year influenced how directors, teachers, choreographers, and dancers approach their jobs? 2. Although we all wish we had an eight ball, we know the future is unforeseeable. That being said, relative to the ballet industry, what predictions can we make for 2021? It's a long read, but one broken up in chapters so you can take it little by little I hope you enjoy hearing the voices of all of these wonderful people that make the ballet world so beautiful! Cherilyn.
  4. Here my review of the Paul Taylor program - I loved it!
  5. What started as a couple of questions for Jordan resulted in an essay that I couldn't help but share. Her honesty as she shares her journey through this pandemic is uplifting and inspiring - I hope you will have a read and enjoy it as much as I do
  6. Thank you! And wasn't it sadly strange to see an unmasked, full orchestra? I feel like we're referring to things that were the norm in a distant past; in some ways it feels so long ago yet because we're still living this pandemic so deeply, it's not history.
  7. Midsummer is absolutely gorgeous! In general, I love this production and to see SFB perform feels like such a luxury. Here's my review. Has anyone else watched it yet?
  8. Before today, I had never seen any of Leonid Yakobson's works. Thanks to Boston Ballet I now know that I really like them šŸ™‚ Have you seen any of these?
  9. Over three years ago at a session of ABT's National Training Curriculum for teachers, I had the pleasure of admiring Trisha Wolfā€™s clean technique and gorgeous feet as we challenged ourselves in a Level 1 ballet class. Afterward, we remained connected through social media and I ended up learning something new about her: she is an accomplished pianist.
  10. There is no excuse to not watch The National Ballet Canada at least once over the next few months...they are providing programs to stream for free! I'll be writing short reviews of each as they become available which may help you decide if it's your cup of tea šŸ™‚ Here's the review for Modern Masterpieces.
  11. I can't remember a moment in my life when ballet was *not* a part of it. So I love hearing about how those who enter the dance world later in life stumble upon it. And am encouraged when their passion leads them to decide to not only stay in it, but to become even more involved. Here is an editorial we published today that many may be able to relate to.
  12. It would be wonderful to see them in person! Do you have a favorite from the three programs so far?
  13. The company looks fantastic in their third program! Here's my thoughts about it. Sarasota Ballet really has a great repertory and I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the season.
  14. I watched this performance the other night via zoom per invitation from Marcello Angelini - what a treat! Here's my review of The Lost Nutcracker by Luciano Cannito as well as Ma Cong and Joshua Peugh's ballets that were also on the program.
  15. Anyone else bothered that Balanchine's version for NYCB is given credit for the beginnings of The Nutcracker tradition in America? I feel that credit should go to William Christensen for his 1944 production for San Francisco Ballet.
  16. I think JoaquĆ­n De Luz's Giselle is brilliant in so many ways. I can't wait to watch it succeed worldwide! Here's my review of the world premiere.
  17. I had the opportunity to see the culminating performance of Duncan Lyle Dance's residency this fall at Kaatsbaan. The majority of the dancers are corps members of ABT, so it was nice to see them shine in a different setting. I had never seen Lyle's works before the five in this program; they weren't all for me, but I loved "The Acquisition"! Here's my review of the entire show
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Yesterday's opening night performance was absolutely stunning! I believe it's time for CompaƱƭa Nacional de Danza to shine again in the international spotlight. Here's my review.
  21. 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.
  22. JoaquĆ­n 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!
  23. I read an article earlier today that El EspaƱol published about this and felt that it needs to be told in English; the result is this feature ā€œBallerina with Alzheimerā€™s: The Untold Story of Marta Cintaā€. Here is my translation into English, if any of you are interested
  24. 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
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