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gallerina

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  1. I’m at tonight’s performance as well, and agree regarding Laracey—as someone mentioned upthread, she looks tense and out of her element. It might be emphasized by her efforts to fit the choreography, but she looks a little frail to me, especially next to Taylor Stanley and Emilie Gerrity.
  2. It also looked like Lauren Lovette's leotard had a hole in the seam near the hip (right above the skirt) during Stravinsky Violin Concerto! And I thought Sarah Villwock looked distractingly thin in Serenade this winter, so was sorry to still feel that way into the first weeks of the spring season. I'm with you 100% on the smugness, too—that's exactly what I meant.
  3. I agree that Huxley/Hyltin were perfection in Scotch—Sterling is so wonderful in that sort of role, and I think her partnership with Huxley is my current favorite. Mira Nadon was lovely in the corps—I'd really hoped to see her reprise her workshop role and was waiting for Week 5 casting in case of a debut, but Ashley Laracey will be debuting that and Stravinsky instead that week. Mary Thomas MacKinnon looked lovely, and Alston MacGill, whom I haven't seen in many featured roles, was bright, charismatic, and brought a huge jump that matched the two featured men. There was another slip in Scotch
  4. @abatt, Alastair Macaulay posted in his Instagram post about the performance that her tutu developed a tear during the adagio.
  5. Jonothan Stafford and Wendy Whelan spoke again before last night's performance, with Stafford introducing Whelan once more. Whelan's speech was well structured (Jon and I shared this stage for 20 years, but rarely together—the Stravinsky girl/Balanchine boy line—so excited to be exploring a new partnership. Maintain Balanchine and Robbins, and City Ballet's history of cultivating new choreographic talent, etc.) but both were rehearsed and to the point. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about "Bright." It was short, fresh, and lively, but I didn't love the music, and felt like I could
  6. Now Megan LeCrone is back to back (pause indicated, not an intermission) in Hallelujah Junction and Herman Schmerman—I guess she'll have the first section to recover, but that feels like a difficult program!
  7. @nanushka, thank you! That is the post I was trying to cite—I'm sorry for the incorrect link!
  8. He posted what I've linked below, and one post prior to that, soon after the decision was made this fall. The first did not seem to express the level of understanding the second did (I'm sorry I can't figure out how to make the post embed!) https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn1VElYAjUE/
  9. A article in Dance Magazine just now publishes the AGMA statement that both Ramasar and Catazaro were offered reinstatement, and while Catazaro declined, Ramasar will be re-joining and undergoing counseling on the standards for his conduct. The article is here: https://www.dancemagazine.com/zachary-catazaro-amar-ramasar-firing-determined-wrongful-2635059461.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1 and the tweet with Ramasar's decision, from Michael Cooper of the Times, is below. https://twitter.com/coopnytimes/status/1119257641593769985
  10. I loved reading Miami City Ballet dancer's accounts of learning the Paul Taylor Episodes solo--there's a bit in an episode of Conversations on Dance in an interview with Eric Trope where he mentions that the dancers who learned the Episodes solo from Peter Frame were trying to get together to record and compile their notes and memories of the rehearsal process. I believe Ariel Rose (who recently choreographed a piece that was dedicated to Peter Frame for the students of Ballet Academy East), Eric Trope, Jovani Furlan, Neil Marshall, and I believe, according to the comments that were made, two
  11. I just wanted to thank California and nanushka for the advice—I received my copy of More Balanchine Variations on Saturday, and was so thrilled for the additional reading material. Thanks to everyone who gave more context for Liebeslieder, too.
  12. She posted this yesterday, working on Symphony in C finale! https://www.instagram.com/p/Buz4P38A6Ed/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  13. I feel like Erica Pereira and Brittany Pollack are cast quite often, as is Indiana Woodward (I'm hoping she will be promoted soon, though I have no idea if and when new leadership will decide to make roster adjustments).
  14. Abby Jayne DeAngelo is a PNB apprentice--also a "barn baby." I had a VHS of Children with a Dream growing up, and it made such an impact on me in terms of understanding the importance of a solid technical foundation. I'd love to see if it is available on the PBS website or online anywhere while I'm thinking about CPYB and MDW's legacy.
  15. I've been wondering about what will happen with the roster, too, though I don't have the experience of years of watching the company that I know much of this board does! I have been thinking about what might happen if a whole group of partners of taller dancers move along--Maria Kowroski and Tess Reichlen, in addition to Unity Phelan, Miriam Miller, Isabelle LaFreniere, and more all need taller men, but even watching Sara Mearns in Diamonds with Joseph Gordon, I wanted to see her with a slightly taller partner. Silas Farley, Peter Walker, and Aaron Sanz all seem like the right height, but I ca
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