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    Former Freelance Photographer of Ballet Dancers
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  1. So much to love about online streaming. But so paradoxical - to replace the stage with online viewing. I hope every ballet company around the world has content to stream and uses this for fundraising. Hopefully the future will be monthly subscriptions for continued viewing! Not only will this help with much needed funds, but is creating new generations of donors and supporters of the arts (all of them). I feel so lucky as I am not a young person any longer, in the theater audience. Now I am safely viewing at my desk! Thank you, everyone, for sharing so many great suggestions and lin
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. I do wish I could attend one of these performances! Enjoy, Costa Mesa!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Leah, I love it that you responded and shared your opinion, as well. I also think Chamblee and Farley are amazing dancers and truly hope they receive promotions one day but not because they are half-African American - but because I love to watch them dance and believe they are hard workers. I do know both have had injuries and missed stage time over the course of their careers. But I do not believe they were passed over because of skin color. Goodness, I think it would help them these days (which is sad). Sebastian V-V was recently promoted and he is from Puerto Rico, of Latin descent. D
  10. 'And finally - the first thing my middle daughter said during intermission, after the first two ballets, was "why are all the dancers white?" After 3 days of running around Manhattan, and seeing people of every possible skin colour, the lack of diversity was striking. Union Jack was more balanced but right now the make-up of this company does not reflect the city it represents so well.' In more than 40 years as a patron, I have seen more casting OF color in the last two years (even when the DANCER might not be appropriately matched). The majority of the corp men are young men of color.
  11. I wanted to also add that Joe Gordon's hair most definitely reminds me of a young Damien Woetzel !!!
  12. Lauren King has always been a delight to watch! It was a great performance.
  13. That’s been Lauren Kings spot .... why not Sara Adams, Ashley Hod, Laine Habony? All three are beautiful performers and strong technicians.
  14. I agree - I missed both of those!
  15. I was also there and I think the mood of the corp dancers coming out of the Lovette piece flows in the Sym in C - meaning they know they are on stage in a bad ballet and from experience that dampers the mood for their other performances. I was disappointed not only in the down mood but the technique as whole was lacking with the younger corp. Glad to see Ashely Hod back and she shined as 1st movement demi but Olivia MacKinnon was literally in pain or talking to herself the entire time. I am not sure why that continues? How could it not? Sebastian V-V was also amazing and it so great he ha
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