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  1. This whole thing makes me very upset. For 8 years I've been attending SPAC in the summer to see the ballet. I live closer to Saratoga than to the city however I have seen both. It's just that SPAC is so beautiful in the summer and less expensive than the city and the dancers allow themselves to be more open to the children wanting to meet them after the shows as well. Saratoga has always been a real classy nice town for me to visit and enjoy but if they begin replacing these classical programs with better draws I fear they will lose that reputation. My only hope is that they will lose more money when they drop NYCB and realise they should bring them back. :green:
  2. I'm thrilled to hear about the promotions I was waiting for Ashley and Megan after last summer. I think they both deserve them greatly. As far as Hanna I do happen to think he deserves this promotion as well. At least in the summers at SPAC he's been performing major roles for at least 4 years and I've been watching him and saying to myself why aren't they moving him up if he's dancing more soloist and principal roles than corps. I think he's been working hard and has been keeping steady when being put into the more difficult roles and he deserves this pay increase and title. And so what if they moved him up partially to be able to partner the taller females in the soloist and principal spots thats perfectly fine with me. They did lose Robert Lyons within the last year or so and he was perfect for the tall females. I think all these promotions are deserved and can't wait to see what new roles they begin performing.
  3. I remember that stamp, my younger sister has a poster of it. I thought the dancer was someone from ABT but I"m not very familiar with ABT so i couldn't say exactly who it was. BUt i hope the Balanchin stamp comes out and is a good rendition of him, I collect limited edition stamps and this would make me collection.
  4. I just meant that from what I had heard, I don't mean to gossip, she wasn't popular with the company but I do remember seeing her dance a lot with NYCB in corps roles yes. Unfortunately I do agree with what everyone has said that there seems to only ever be a single token black female in the corps at NYCB at a time. But who knows it appears that Peter Martins is changing the company around a lot lately from an audience member. SO maybe things will be different soon. But I do with what everyone has said and NYCB will surely miss Aesha.
  5. Yea I know her, she used to dance with NYCB about 7 or 8 years ago and then left to go to Harlem. I don't really remember her dancing but I know she wasn't the most popular at NYCB. Thats great that you love her, she's on the cover of the new discount dance catalog.
  6. Well like I said before I thought Ashley did a really great job, very strong and althought I know that Rkoretzky was watching closely, I have to say that I disagree I was watching Ashley through binoculars and she appeared to be smiling and very flirty with Tewsely through the entire piece. I don't really remember her bourees but she was strong and a pleasure to watch. She performed very well and saying again i thought she did as good if not better then Alexandra would've. But it was good to see her do something. And I did spot her in Glass pieces but there's not a lot to the corps roles in that piece just a lot of walking.
  7. I just wanted to say that I saw Megan today and she did a wonderful job I was very proud of her. She's not only adorable but a beautiful and very strong dancer. She also did a corps role in Western Symphony tonight and even pulled that off although i'm sure she was just begging for the night to end and this week to end, they did pull her from a corps role in Symphony in 3 Mvts, tongiht which was good and not a role she absolutely needed to dance. But kudos to the little Megan (I say little and we're the same age ha ha) She was beautiful, I really look foward to seeing more of her. Oh and Ashley Bouder took over in Western Symphony for Alexandra tonight and did as good a job if not better then Alexandra so I'm happy for her as well :-D
  8. I'm sorry I hate to be rude or anything but it's terribly unfair to say that the powers that be concider Megan to be expendible. Also to say well it's only Saratoga is harsh because some of us can't get to the city during the year and Saratoga is all we have plus so many dancers are given major opportunities in Saratoga and such many have been promoted after or during the Saratoga season. I just hope Megan comes through this with flying colors to prove that she isn't expendible and that she can handle this and proves to the company, herself and the lucky audiences that get to see her that she is a force to be reckond with. :-D
  9. I must also add that I dont see why Yvonne couldnt do one performance on Thursday, I've seenher perform it before as well. Poor Megan but I'll be seeing her Sat afternoon so I'll let you know how she makes out once its all over. Goodluck to her I'm 19 also and I wish her all the best. And if she comes through on two feet some of the upper dancers betterwatch for this little one. I love her already.
  10. Wow, goodness Megan Fairchild as the lead in Coppelia. Something tells me that she's going to be going realy far real quick. I happened to have seen her dance butterfly last week in Midsummer and she was quite good I knew from the time I heard of her in the SAB workshop that she'd move up quickly and do very well. COngratulations to her. I just wish I could make it to see Alexandra in Coppelia as well. And Carnival of the Animals.
  11. THis is a huge change for SPAC. In the past 7 years that I have been atttending SPAC performances of NYCB they have only ever done one full length a season. This is the first year that they have done this many. Personally I think it's a let down, because I have always enjoyed seeing the shorter ones since I haven't seen some still. I've seen every full length that they do and get a bit sick of them. Especially since Peter has done Midsummer and Swan Lake for the past like 4 years or so, either one or the other. I'm just glad at least they are doing Coppelia, they haven't done that since my first year attending 7 years ago. Thats a good thing.
  12. I'm excited to be going to the Gala, I get to see Kyra dance for the first time in many years, It should be very good. I hope the weather turns out to be nice and not rain I have a new dress I'm also excited to see Abi Stafford in a soloist roll, I haven't seen her dance too many in the past two summers. I cant wait. :-D
  13. I'm usually a NYCB watcher and don't really remember if I ever saw him dance much with the company. I think I may have seen him once or twice in Midsummer or 4 Tempraments or Agon but I happened to see him at Boston in the Nutcraker, when I was there for the New Year. He did well, it's sad to hear that he's moved on again. I'm sorry Boston for your loss.
  14. Well yes of course looks do hit me first because that's the first thing i notice. But importantly I notice the feet, the hight (I'm tall so I like tall dancers, although some of my favorite are shorter), the line of the dancer in his jumps and turns especially and then the strength of his turns and jumps. To me thats what the male dancer does the most in his dancing besides making us females look good . If he has string turns and can do multiples without falling over and jump high and with nice clear feet, thats when i really notice him.
  15. As far as summer schools, CPYB is run by former Balanchine In NY State, the NYSSSA program is run by Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff and most of the teachers are former Balanchine or current NYCB members John Pierre and Patricia McBride also run Chataqua Ballet in the summer in NY I also believe the Pittursburg Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet are run but former Balanchine dancers although I can't remember the names off hand
  16. I just wanted to say that I saw Midsummer Thursday night (tonight) at SPAC. It was excellent, casting was as posted here on Ballet Alert although there was a misprint in the program. Daniel Ulbrict did a great job as puck he had a lot of energy and really kept you're attention. Tom Gold's feet as Oberon were excellent as well, he really has no trouble in keeping up with the music through all those fast steps. Maria and Charles complimented eachother as always as Titania and her cavilier. It was really nice to see Miranda on stage, I was unable to attend any city performances this year so the last I saw the company was last summer at SPAC but she looked as strong and beautiful as ever and it was the first time I'd seen Philip in a while and he did well except for a slight mishap where he ended a set of turns on one knee in the divertisment and had a look on his face like "oops" but it was no set back. Aesha was incredible her fouette's were right on as Hipolyta. Oh and Megan Fairchild was adorable and strong as the lead butterfly, I enjoyed seeing her in a featured roles, much more to come from and for her I can tell. There were only two things which seemed off, every dancer seemed to be getting "dizzy" a lot, probably just because it's the first week back to SPAC since last summer and they're still getting used to it again, nothing so bad that it threw the dancing off, just something i noticed. And I hate to say things badly about dancers especially in NYCB but Ask la Cour just seemed alkward dancing with Aesha tonight, almost like he didn't know where his arms and legs ended or he wasn't sure how to use them. This was my first time seeing him dance but he just didn't seem to feel comfortable or fit in, maybe I'll see more of him and come to a different conclusion. I hope so. Oh one more thing I just thought of, there were many many apprentices dancing tonight which was interesting to see and new company members, they just looked so young, but Abi Stafford danced a featured corps role in the divertissment tonight which I found interesting, she's such a sport for doing things like that. She was a bit off on timing at times but hey she's used to being a soloist now and everyone was a bit off, but it's not the end of the world. All in all I really enjoyed tonight, it was a good performance and I can't wait to get up there to see more. I'm about equal distance to Saratoga as to NYC.
  17. Michael, When NYCB comes to Saratoga they often bring a few children dancers with them from SAB but they do also hold auditions around Easter time in Saratoga for children. My sister was an understudy two years ago for Firebird and danced as a blue girl in Circus Polka last summer. We live about an hour and a half south of Saratoga. Since there are so many children ballets this summer they may have brought more children from Sab then in the past but they do audition local children, other girls from my old school were in Firebird last summer as well. They have a very rigorous rehearsal schedule everyday sometimes more then once a day depending, Garielle does an amazing job with the kids too it's quite impressive. Well I think thats probably all you needed to know. Hope I was a bit of help, a lot of the children are local as in Saratoga and Albany but I do know that a bunch come from SAB and from Pittursburg youth ballet.
  18. I must say I'm suprised as well, I would expect them to be performing all Balanchine pieces or at least new works that are attributed to Balanchine influences and such. Something at least in the line of direct influences from him or that he recieved in his training. I just don't understand why we need to see swan lake again, it just seems to be being over performed since Martins did it. Even Balanchine's short Swan Lake excerpt would be better. I'll still attend performances of course as I'm interesting to see what Stroman does but this is a disappointment.
  19. Thats great for SAB, if anyone has an idea of the full listing of who went where I'd love to hear. I know it gets printed into the SAB newsletter but I don't think it does until the fall so a heads up would be nice. thanks
  20. I absolutely agree with what's been said earlier about the men, thats about how I would go adding Jonathon Stafford to the list. I generally attend Saratoga performances religiously and get to the city when I can, I'm about the same distance to each place but it's much cheaper to go to Saratoga but I do spend much of my summer watching to see who he used in casting to see who will be promoted, and I'm usually right about my predictions. 12 male principles 9 female principles 3 male soloists 5 female soloists Just looking at those numbers the company is real male top heavy and I kinda wonder when maybe it'll even out for both the male and female. Good topic though.
  21. This is very interesting to read. I haven't seen enough of ABT to really give a comparisson or anything. My heart has always layed with the men of NYCB for various reasons. But there is no doubt in my mind that ABT has very strong danceurs as well. Both male and female. Maybe this is part of the reasons dancers in NY have often switched between companies at times, hasn't Ethan gone between the two even more then once? Not taking into account direction of the companies. I won't go there. But every dancer has his or her special talent, whether it be turning, jumping, or partnering, the main point is that there are incredibly strong dancers in both companies and they chose to be where they are for their own reasons which we may never understand. The techniques are different between the two so it's quite difficult to speculate on why dancers are where they are. But from reading what I have about ABT lately they are coming up fast to try and catch NYCB.
  22. I just wanted to say that Movin' Out's performance at the Tony's was great and I really hope to see the show soon. With so mnay former NYCB and ABT dancers in the leading rolls it's no wonder it does so well. So congrats to the cast and crew of the show even though I believe they only walked away with one award for Billy Joel's orchestration. but still congrats:)
  23. I figured since we had a thread on favorite female dancers, that it was only appropriate to start one on favorite male dancers so same questions apply... My favorite has always been Damion Woetzel.
  24. wow has anyone realised that in Wednesday night's performance there are 15 principles dancing with no overlap and 2 soloists and 2 senior corps. That incredible, you could go and most deffinately see you're favorite prinicple dance. Even Darci is performing. Just thought I'd point that out I wish I could go, but on an evening I'm just a little too far to take the train or drive that late.
  25. Thank you very much, I'm glad to hear that, I don't see her mother often enough anymore to hear how she is. This is great news for her she was always extremely talanted even at the age of 12
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