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  1. I love to watch Sara Adams. I wish we could see her on stage as much as we see Unity Phelan. So many dancers we do not see enough of in featured roles.
  2. Circling back to this .... NYCB Nutcracker is on TDF - several times this season!! I wonder is this a first on Nut tickets - does anyone know? I personally have never seen that. NYCB has been posting on Instagram and Facebook that tickets are available for 'these days' and posting the casts' photos on Instagram. To me, it seems desperate - and worrisome. While I find this is great to support offer casting info via social media, it seems something is amiss at NYCB. No promotions. No real debuts. Same dancers/casts over and over. mid-level corps that have been in a holding pattern since Martin's departure who are now being passed over for the new ADs new favs - there were several that were on a faster track that stopped dead when Martins left (Kayali, Bologna, Habony to name three). So yes, I still believe ticket sales are casting-dependent. And maybe this slump in ticket sales is telling Stafford that the crowds are not happy or supportive.
  3. I so wish I could head north and see the show tomorrow - I would love to see AG as SFP! I hope you are able to attend much! Happy Holidays! J
  4. I think her face is beautiful to look it. She is wasted in the corps. She should be doing many featured roles. And it's a shame. Maybe she was frustrated last night. Regardless, I think she is model-quality beautiful. I just saw ABT in California today and it was a great show - my family loved it - I wish it had been NYCB but we will take ABT in Cali! Wishing everyone a happy Nutcracker season. J
  5. I was fortunate to catch today's matinee. Lane is not my favorite dancer but the overall experience was fantastic. The theater, staff, parking, etc. were all a great experience with my family - we had 10 so it was a big deal. The show did not disappoint. I love that ABT comes to California to put on this production and shares - very important. And to bring home Misty Copeland is a treat. I was sorry I did not have time to see her performance. Wishing them all the best this season!
  6. Correct. It was Martin’s that was pushed dancers forward fast, promoting in just a few years like a marketing push. Balanchine had a few too but dancers owned roles. Most companies - it takes years to get a lead. City ballet has a different rep and needs the dancers to fill in at times. But I disagree with skipping over the mid-level corps de ballet and taking a 2-year corps dancer and giving them soloist/principal roles. I fear Stafford is going to drive Nadon like that and she is definitely not ready. I don’t see the technique - she has potential but they ALL do. And I think those mid-level corps deserve the opportunity to be coached to fulfill their potential. They certainly paid their due by waiting while the principal owned the role.
  7. I agree. She has a hard time completing a turn by the end of a variation. Like she runs out of gas or gives up. Martin’s liked the opposite of the “Balanchine body”, as well - which is LeCrone.
  8. I believe there is impact. Obviously with the new Marie this year, NYCB will see a sales jump, especially for her shows. I believe its why they added the Children's Casting to the website for the first time. I also believe New Yorkers are very loyal to the arts and there are many ballet lovers - dancers like Mearns, Bouder, Peck ... they all draw a following. I would not say casting is a deal-breaker. But it's definitely an incentive for some ticket buyers That's why NYCB posts casting in advance - lassoing in the fans who know who is who. Martins was, if nothing else, very business savvy.
  9. The year Martins gave us 14 SFP debuts was a real treat. It gave the fans something to get excited about. I am still holding out hope for Laine Habony to debut SFP. She also posted on Instagram that she was still rehearsing this - and I believe she has been since Martin's tenure. That's a long time to still not get that debut. Maybe this year for her and Gina Pazcoguin? We still have a few weeks. I have blogged about the lack of debuts along with the choices of casting and the poor technique in some of these casting choices. Alstair Macaulay broached the issue of declining technique recently. I agree. The casting is 'promoting' corps members that is very weak technically and I cannot understand why they are not casting strong dancers like Jacqueline Bologna. (Although I do love to watch Emma VonEck). I am sad to say I think NYCB is following suit in 'what sells' - showy. Poor Mr. B would not be happy.
  10. I just finished reading Twyla's new book and I throughly enjoyed it (maybe because we are almost the same age!) - I love her perspective, her approach and honestly her sense of humor. She is a gift in so many ways. What a legacy.
  11. I do wish I could attend one of these performances! Enjoy, Costa Mesa!
  12. Tiler Peck and Sterling Hyltin are always my favorite SPF. And of course Indiana Woodward can dance anything beautifully. A little too soon to know about the debuts but I also HOPE to see Laine Habony either as Dewdrop or SPF (with Preston Chamblee would be my pick) this year - I see she is opening the week as Hot Chocolate. And she does remind me of Darci Kistler as well (which I also know to be a complement). Very happy to see Alston McGill as Marzipan in the first week. I would like to see more of Jacqueline Bologna - Marzipan, Dewdrop, Chocolate. Daniel Ulbricht is a treasure as Candy Cane but I hope we get to see him as Cavalier again this year. I hope we see Olivia Boisson and Harrison Ball again soon!
  13. I will miss Lydia Wellington on stage at NYCB and wish her all the best on her new adventure in France. What a gift it has been to watch her all these years! I believe she performed Concerto Barroco in the 2019 Workshop.
  14. Thank you so much for responding. Please help me understand. Professional dancers begin their journey sometimes as early as age 3. Their parents are in charge of their lives until ages 14+. Most professional dancers then leave home. How does that child make a decision about its privilege or skin color? It's doesn't. I firmly believe dance is unique in this discussion on diversity. No child /dancer picks its privilege or skin color. So how can they be in control over their inability to rely on privilege which is something they had no control over from the start? So are you saying talented, hard-working dancers should be punished for their parent's financial successes? What about poor white dancers? Poor European dancers? What about rich African-American dancers, rich Latino dancers? What about the middle-class family of any color that sacrifices all to send their dancer from home, knowing it is the only chance for them to do what they love and are called to do? I am confident the majority of the dancers at SAB are there on financial assistance - and what a blessing for those dancers - so I dont believe privilege is the issue in this day/age. The reality is there is still a pool of students at SAB year after year. You cannot force more people of color to bring their children in for auditions, pay for classes and keep it up just to have more color on stage. I celebrate the organic growth of diversity in dance and look forward to more. But I do applaud PNB on all accounts! It's an amazing company in an amazing city with many great successes! You are very lucky to be there with them !!!
  15. Thank you so much for responding. Agree on all points! Forgive me for playing devil's advocate. Just share with your sweet daughter that there are currently dancers from Australia, Spain, France, Italy, and truly every ethnicity has been and is also represented as well - Indian, Asian, African-American, Latino, European, American Indian, Caucasian .... I have loved NYCB for more than 40 years and I just believe they are doing all the right things regarding race - call me an honest loyalist. Enjoy your day and hopefully you will get to enjoy more ballet. Best wishes.
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