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  1. Wow, I was surprised to see this news. I thought Silas was promising and I had expected to watch him in the years to come. I'll continue to listen to the podcast and his educational talks.
  2. Thanks for sharing. I teared up watching it. It was a short farewell and nowhere near what she deserved onstage. I saw many Instagram posts from corps members, soloists, principals and former dancers that indicate how respected and loved she is at ABT. I'm sad that we won't see her again on the Met stage and wish her the best, as she will be missed. She has been my favorite since I started going to see ABT.
  3. This final program was disappointing - some good but majority of the excerpts I would skip. I watched all of them, but only re-watched The Runaway, The Times are Racing and Oltremare. I did not care for Peck's Easy and the Tanowitz piece when I saw them live, and these excerpts didn't change my opinion. Ratmansky's Voices and Gianna Reisen's piece were ok, but not intriguing enough that I would want to see the full ballets in the theater. Oltremare was new for me and I would like to see the full ballet. I loved the energy of it and having Maria Kowroski come center right at the end made me wan
  4. Really impressed by Bouder, Veyette and all the dancers in Donizetti. I’m not the biggest Bouder fan, but she nailed this one and it highlights her strengths - jump, speed, clean footwork. She was unstoppable. Veyette was in great shape too. He’s not a charmer or speed demon, but I always appreciate his effort onstage. Gerrity, Segin and Adams were excellent too. Looking forward to rewatching. Can’t help but smile and be wowed watching this one, which I what I needed today. Thanks NYCB.
  5. I missed Kowroski in Diamonds last spring. I read all the good reviews of her performance on here and saw her in the fall. I do prefer her over Mearns in this role, even if she wasn't at her strongest and Mearns was good in this performance. The highlights for me in this performance were Russell Janzen, Laine Habony and seeing Lydia Wellington before she departed NYCB. As JuliaJ noted, I also noticed Janzen's beautiful feet. He was regal in this role with his stature, carriage and long lines. I also agree that Daniel Ulbricht is really missing from this digital season. He's too good to n
  6. I think they feel good that they put something out there to see, but it wasn't much. I do feel for the dancers who aren't wealthy or don't have tons of resources and are in a pinch, but this did not make me feel more engaged with ABT or want to donate to their relief fund. I've had enough of the promotional videos, videos of dancers in their homes and playing on social media, and celebrities supporting ABT. We want to appreciate the art form and this isn't it. There are plenty of fantastic performances to stream from NYCB, SFB, PNB, ENB, Royal Ballet, Royal Danish, Mariinsky, etc. and I love b
  7. Thanks for posting. I watched Ballo Della Regina after watching NYCB’s and Napoli. Miss seeing Alban Lendorf at ABT in NYC...
  8. Same here...received by NYCB refund quickly and nothing from ABT after nearly 2 weeks. The email said it could take 30 days. I was not planning to request a refund from NYCB but as closures have extended, I changed my mind due to more uncertainty. Once things are running again, I'm happy to use it for tickets again though. For ABT, it was just too much to wait over a year for since there's no way I could use all my ticket credits for a short fall season if that even happens. I really would love to see some full lengths from ABT online though because I do miss them. When NYCB is on, I'm total
  9. I was just coming here to see if there was an update since this forum is always well informed. I had emailed ABT and Met Opera yesterday to check on the status of the season and my tickets, as I have not been able to check my mail in the city. I'm not surprised by the news, but had hoped that there would be some season even if later in the summer. I really do hope for a proper farewell for Stella, as she has been my favorite female ABT dancer since I started attending. I was looking forward to a few things this season: Gillian back, Osipova, Hallberg, Simkin, Kimin Kim, Sarah Lane, and T&am
  10. I noticed how cautious Tiler was tonight, but I loved loved seeing her back and was excited to see her perform all the fouettes without any issue. She looked great. Joseph Gordon was excellent - his spins and jumps looked effortless. He's really grown on me over the years, a confident and beautiful performer. I really wish I could go again this week, as it was a great night all around. Daniel Ulbricht was a standout tonight as well.
  11. Allegro started the night off strong with Tiler Peck delivering the speed and musicality we expect from her. I'm always excited to see Roman Mejia and although his take wasn't quite as expected, I was not disappointed. It was my first time seeing La Source and I enjoyed the music, Joseph Gordon and the corps dancers. Baily Jones didn't have enough presence onstage, but I would be open to seeing her in the role in a few years as she continues to grow and progress. Ashley Bouder was technically fine. Now that casting is up, I'm thinking of swapping out my Swan Lake tickets from Bouder and F
  12. I attended only 2 Nutcrackers this year, the first of which I bought back in August and ended up seeing Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon. Lovette is not my favorite and I was hoping to see Sterling Hyltin or Sara Mearns as SPF and Daniel Ulbricht as Candy Cane. I enjoyed the performance and it was nice to see the full view from 2nd ring dead center (usually am on the side). The dancing was fine but didn't leave me wowed. Once casting was posted and I saw Tiler Peck was back, I was very tempted to spend the money to see her but didn't. I was very excited to see her SPF on TDF for last nigh
  13. I attended programs B and C and then program D twice. Of the 3, I think I enjoyed Program D the most simply because of the dancers. I couldn't get enough of the four of them, especially Sarah Lamb and Edward Watson. I'd only see Watson once in 2015 and loved him. Overall, the programming as a whole did not blow me away, but reminded me of how little we actually see these dancers here. I am overdue to return to London again to see as many performances of The Royal Ballet as I can jam into a long weekend. It was a treat to see Robbie Fairchild in NYC, as I hadn't seen him since Brigadoon a
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