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  1. Very interesting article. Thank you for posting it.
  2. Jean-Pierre, Thank you for allowing us to see your videos. They are very interesting.
  3. Hi KFW Thanks for your quick reply. Unfortunately the vhs is out of print and the cheapest that I can find it for is $250. So, I am going to have to put it on the back burner for a while. If I do order it, I will surely do it through your link. Again, thanks for your time.
  4. Hi I have been looking in the usual places for a DVD or VHS of Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht. I wondered if anyone could give me guidance. Many thanks.
  5. Daniil, Thanks for posting the list of the finalists. Would you (or anyone) happen to know who the judges are this year?
  6. Thanks for clarifying what is on the VHS of Balanchine Celebration, Part 2. Now if I only can find a place to purchase a copy....
  7. Thanks for your help. After reading your posts, I ordered the Jacques D'Amboise DVD. Amazon is out of the Balanchine Celebration, part 2 and I haven't found it elsewhere yet. Again, thanks.
  8. Hi I was looking in the usual places for a video or DVD of Balanchine's Stars and Stripes without any luck. I wondered if anyone knew where I could get a video of it. Many thanks.
  9. While this thread has turned into one about an 18 year old apprentice who has been cast as Juliet, it seems somewhat unfair to say that the 16 year old student Juliet "did not make it" when in fact she is out due to injury. Just my opinion, but I felt I had to say something.
  10. I have a friend from overseas who had a "sponsor" while he was a violin student at a major US conservatory. He found that the sponsor was a "support system". He was invited to the sponsor's home for dinner; the sponsor attended all of his concerts, etc. Even after he left the conservatory and went on to his career, he has kept in contact with his sponsor. It may be that some ballet dancers actually enjoy knowing their sponsors. Just because one is wealthy enough to support the arts in this way, does not mean that they are some kind of difficult personality. So I don't know if I would view sponsorship as a problem....it is just another way to raise funds for the arts.
  11. Thanks Helene and sandik for responding to my inquiry. I guess we'll just have to wait until September to see if there are other additions/promotions for the 2006/2007 season.
  12. Thanks for letting us know about Carla Korbes, drb. Is there any word on company promotions/additions for the 2006-2007 season?
  13. Have any of you had the chance to attend the NBS showcase that is taking place this weekend? If so, could you share some of your impressions? Thanks.
  14. I wondered if anyone could help me find the web-site for the Prague International Ballet Competition. Joseph Phillips won in 2002 and I can't seem to find any information about the present status of this competition. Thank you for your help.
  15. I hope this is the correct place to post my question. I wonder if anyone would know whom to contact for permission to perform the "Ballarina" variation from Etudes. It would be done in a competition. I would be most appreciative for any assistance that you can provide. While I have seen videos of other dancers performing this variation in competitions, I do not know how to find out how they arranged for permission. Thank you for your assistance.
  16. Sophia, That is so disappointing. Does anyone know of any DVD or video available of Etudes by any company? Thanks for your help.
  17. Why don't you write to him care of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York. If you mark the letter "personal" he will surely get it. I also know Andrew, and I'm sure he'd enjoy hearing from any one who used to dance with him. He's a nice person and a talented dancer.
  18. Thanks DRB! I was able to use the link and to read the information.
  19. Thanks Amy's mom. Unfortunately, I also can't get the link to work.
  20. I wondered whether anyone could direct me to the web-page or some other source of information for the Varna IBC. As well, does anyone know whether it is being held in 2006? Thanks for your help.
  21. I don't know what Jerome Robbins did in his capacity as Director, so I cannot speak to what dancers should have done. But a career in the performing arts is very fragile.....being known as the corps de ballet member who stood up to an autocratic director probably will not help your career. The same would be true for a musician playing under the baton of an autocratic conductor (and they certainly do exist today). That being said, there are some artists who really try to be nice but sometimes it is hard for them. A friend was a successful popular singer.....the kind who gave concerts at Carnegie Hall that were sold out and whose CDs sold lots and lots of copies. When her mother was dying in the hospital, fans wanted her autograph, right on the hospital steps. It was a situation that was hard for her to deal with. So, sometimes those on the outside may not understand what is going on inside an artist's life and why they behave in a certain way. We need to understand that artists are people and they also have ups and downs like the rest of us.
  22. Thanks ami1436! Reading your post, I felt as if I was watching the matinee.
  23. Hi ami1436! Thanks for posting. I was just wondering about which pieces were performed, which dancers you enjoyed the most, and whether they had done Zucchetti's piece (it won the Ursula Moreton choreography competition). If you think of anything else, I would love to hear about it. Cheers.
  24. Some of the noise that you hear from pointe shoes depends on the stage of the theatre that the dancers are in. For example, if the acoustics are good, then the audience will hear every sound of the pointe shoes. I have performed on a stage, where even when the dancers were speaking in full voices, the audience did not hear them. Needless to say, the pointe shoe sound is not an issue in that theatre!
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