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  1. I went to a performance recently and while I appreciated the ability of every dancer onstage, I couldn't help but notice the lack of color... I have been around this Artform for a long time and it hasn't changed....Why is it? There are plenty of good black students in the Major schools,so why don't they continue or why aren't they encouraged? ballet was always to me the thing that took riske..It was a story, so a choreographer or director could choose their own hero or heroine... Why hasn't it changed? I look at com
  2. While it will be sad to see BWNE go, Boston Ballet isn't the only ballet school intown.Walnut Hill school has a very good program and they aren't that far away. Just in Natick which is close I think to Waltham and Hopkington or at least as easy to get to... There are few other smaller schools around as well. ..
  3. I went to the friday evening show ... .I loved Falling Angels. I thought the women in the company gave it their all. I was pleased to see April Ball back onstag in "In the Middle"She was always one of my favorite dancers and I was sad to see her go a few years ago, so I was really excited when I saw that she was going to be here. She is such an expansive dancer and with a stage as large as the Wang, you want someone to make the stage seem small. She is alot taller than most of the women there, but who says b
  4. The company is dancing extremely well, but I miss the personality of the individual dancers of the "old" company... The company also looks a bit Homogonized in that there isn't much variation of color, but everyone is still great to watch. i have long been a fan of inclusion and I don't think it is intentional, but I do think mikko should look at hiring another black or darker Latino female dancer for next year...that kind of "inclusion" gives the community the sense that you don't have to be white or fair skinn
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    Best Jumpers

    Erika Lambe from Boston Ballet had an Amazing jump. She could easily out jump most of the men in the company... Come to think of it, Sarah Lamb also has a nice jump....Maybe it was something in the former training... Currently, Kathleen Breen Combes comes to mind in terms of jumpers for the company. Coordination and timing are the key. People who jump well, or appear to do so, time the take off preciisely and they hover.... Take notice the next tiem you see something that involves good jumping....
  6. I know that everyone has a different opinion on what beauty is, so my choice for a beautiful Ballerina would be Adrianna Suarez from Boston Ballet. She is exotic and I think ethnicity in itself is beautiful..
  7. This is to Mike, I don't think I said anything about DTH having a fundraiser... I believe I had asked about where the dancers were going to go and then I commented on how a company like DTH needed a good general director who could not only pull the company out of its current hole, but who was also familiar with the artistic side of things and whom Arthur Mitchell felt he could trust. From what I am reading, it all boils down to him and he doesn't seem to want to let just anyone make decisions. There has t
  8. last week is over and I'm really surprised that I haven't seen any comments on Boston Ballet's opening program. I was wondering if anyone had been to see the Balanchine mixed rep program and what they thought. I saw it over the weekend and thought the company looked really good. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the corps de ballet in Divertimento on the night I Iwent. Everyone was where they were supposed to be. My one criticism for them would be to enjoy dancing more, but I think most of them were new to the company, so I'll chau
  9. I think it would be wonderful for other companies to offer work to some dancers from Dance theatre of harlem. Call it divine providence or luck, but Boston Ballet hired a young man about a month ago who was with Dance theatre of Harlem. I haven't seen the company in a while, but I know Tai Jiminez and she is a beautiful dancer. I've also heard that Alicia is nice. It would be a great gesture by NYCB or ABT for that mater or any company at this point to do something... I think a large challenge for DTH is going to be findin
  10. McCormic and Schmicks is great. ...I'd almost forgotten that one... The happy hour deal is supposed to be good and it is right until around theatre time. If you like Seafood, the regular menu is wourth looking at. A little pricey, but worth it on the occasional special occasion...
  11. Hi i there, I saw this thread and couldn't resist because I love inexpensive food and more especially goiod food . I read the first page and didn't go to the next, so i'm sorry if i've repeated someone... Yes, Pho still exists on Washington street.(in fact, it is a favorite amongst some dancers of Boston Ballet...) There was another" Pho" on a cross street from the Wang that was kind of Upscale and not very good, but the Pho on Washington is definitely worth the trip.They have great soups and there really inexpensive. There is also a Maylasian
  12. To Fendrock. .. I believe you are thinking about Olivia Hartzel who was in mozartiana.I think she is still a little too young for BII at he moment... As for the rest of the Website, it is still under construction."The mom " was correct in her information about katherine and Roman,... In terms of the main company, I believe there is another male joining soon. He is from Dance Theatre of Harlem which makes me happy because the company will have at least one African American dancer in it. I was a bit concerned afte
  13. What about Arthur Mitchell? I certainly agree with many of the choices made ,but I wondered if he fits the bill... He is American and a former "Balanchine" dancer.I don't know what kind of a dancer he was in terms of technique, but he certainly had carisma and a following , and he went on to found Dance theatre of Harlem to give other black dancers a chance. ... I call that American....
  14. Larissa Ponomorenko.... Definitely a high point in anything I saw her dance!!! ( :rolleyes:) She is amazing onstage and off. I didn't love Don Quixote...I know it was Nureyevs' version etc. but it was a bit long without much happening. Everybody danced their roles superbly and the choreography was extremely challenging..Perhaps that is why I didn't enjoy it.I felt sorry for the dancers and admired them at the same time... I didn't hate it, it just wasn't up there on my must see list. I really enjoyed the mixed
  15. I think perhaps,boston Ballet is taking a "conservative" approach because of the way subscribers react...many of the die hards prefer thre full lengths, but at the same time the next generation craves excitement... Perhaps it's just the city. There have been so many people who loved the last mixed rep and are dying to see more, but it is difficlut to bring people in. I have always thought that the company needed to really put themselves out there in the community and perhaps that would get people talking, but it hasn't happened
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