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vagansmom

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  1. I remember watching Liberace several times on the Ed Sullivan show, a hugely popular show watched weekly by families all over the USA. I just looked it up. He was on the show 6 times between 1954 and 1970. I think I remember reading about him in TV Guide too when I was a child. I thought he was funny. My mom always commented on his being a fine pianist.
  2. I well remember that period too. But in late 1996 and early 1997, Alexandra Ansanelli burst on the scene with her glorious musicality. I was smitten. A few years later, the very large crop of well-trained dancers who were now graduating from prestigious ballet schools began showing up on the NYCB stage. Ashley Bouder was the first, followed by so many of NYCB's current principal dancers. I think we owe it all to a combination of the yuppie years when many people were making making money hand-over-fist and could afford to send their children to the best ballet schools and to all the new schools popping up that were/are run by former Balanchine dancers. Ballet schools had their highest attendance during those years before soccer started to replace ballet as a childhood activity. So there were plenty of very well-trained dancers to choose from.
  3. We don't know that they didn't do any of this. We don't know what they said or didn't say to Finley beyond the moments with the pictures. I have had a really hard time with the posts about their relationships and the lawsuits because all we really know is what can be proven by text. There's so much more that exists only in the memories of the individuals involved. And memory itself is subject to interference.
  4. Perhaps I should have said that Reichlin's performance was more nuanced.
  5. That's interesting, Juliaj. I thought they weren't a good pair either, but I preferred Reichlin's movement quality to that of Mearns who looked too grounded to my taste for that ballet. I also thought the area in her shoulders and neck looked too stiff as compared to those of Reichlin. Her legs didn't fully define each step. Overall, I feel Mearns didn't complete all the movements, but streamlined them so they all looked alike. Reichlin, on the other hand, completed each step. I'm not a dancer, so I don't quite know how to express this.
  6. In a nutshell: because they're not the ones with the power.
  7. I had a similar injury at her age and saw a wonderful PT who said that the results were even among those who had surgery and those who had meds and good PT. I followed the latter route. It's now over 30 years later. I still have full range of motion in my neck. My sister, who chose surgery at the same age for the same problem (inherited), had to get a second surgery because the first one failed, and has been living with severe pain, loss of range of motion, pain meds (I'm not on any), and gets injections of various kinds every few weeks. She lives from injection to injection. All this is to say that you never know which is the best route, and as a dancer, I'd go the conservative, non-surgical route first. It seems more and more, curiously since the 2008 economic crash, that the AMA is stating that the same results can be had with non-surgical interventions for many conditions (I specifically remember knee issues and blocked arteries) as with the previously de rigeur surgical recommendations. Certainly, non-surgical is the less expensive option.
  8. Ok, since some people felt that talking about frontal lobes is diagnosing, I'll rephrase it in common language. Please know that I stated this was my opinion. An opinion is not a diagnosis. I believe that Waterbury is handling this immaturely.
  9. Canbelto, I also teach high school students, as well as middle school students and am a learning specialist who has taught many "Teens & Tweens" parenting series and teacher education series over more than 30 years. The final stage of childhood is 18-25. That is to say that the myelin on the neurons of the frontal lobes lays down somewhere within that age range, rendering a person a mature adult. All that middle and high school social media drama is intense, but it should be fading by the time individuals are Waterbury and Maxwell's ages. I don't see that Maxwell is behaving like a teen at all. I think she felt forced to defend her choices publicly and that she probably is sick of it all. On the contrary, I believe that Waterbury may be a late bloomer who may not yet possess the mature judgment of a frontal lobe myelinated individual. I am not commenting on the merits or otherwise of her case, but simply saying that her behavior is still stuck at an immature level.
  10. Does she have any solos in the Nutcracker?
  11. Nanushka, I read that article in full and came to that same conclusion: that she's moving away from classical ballet. I believe its demands are just too much for her body. IMO, she moved too quickly through the ranks, arriving at principal dancer with too many technical imperfections and not enough time (all those endorsement opportunities?) to work through them. I wonder if they, along with her age, have contributed to her recent spate of injuries. However, she chose a route that has brought her more financial security than she would have received otherwise. Make hay while the sun shines. I wouldn't begrudge her that if it weren't that other, better dancers have suffered from lack of roles. I lay that at McKenzie's feet, though. He too was taking advantage of quick money. In his case, though, I believe it's detrimental to the company longterm and to current morale, no matter how much dancers may like Copeland personally.
  12. I'm left to conjecture that her injury has prevented her all summer from learning the role, but that she kept hoping it would improve enough to get some rehearsal time in.
  13. Very disappointed in this news also. I generally avoid Kourlas's reviews. Oh well.
  14. She's listed on the Boston Ballet website as a "Coming Soon" artist, which is the corps member level.
  15. Musician, former dancer, educator and author, Michael Limoli has recently published a biography of Marina Svetlova.
  16. vagansmom

    Kathryn Morgan

    Hmmm, I can think of at least one dancer at another major company for whom there is "bad press," but who continues to get plum roles.
  17. I've always thought that McKenzie had done his best to dilute Lane's career and that it has something to do with her Black Swan comments years ago. Up through two years ago, I wasn't a big Lane fan because I thought she "sat" in the music which, despite beautiful technique, I find bland. But after having seen her a couple more times last year and reading the comments from this year, I believe her growth has been astounding and she is full-tilt international star level. I don't understand why McKenzie casts Teuscher over Lane. I've never been able to get the least bit excited over her dancing; I'm always disappointed. As someone said upthread, she hasn't shown growth in her weak areas over the past 2 years. And here is Lane on fire! McKenzie should capitalize on that and give her an SL. I would feel badly for whomever he would remove from her second SL, but perhaps that could be a good motivator to that individual to work harder on expression or technique (depending on which is the weakness). What kind of director of a supposedly world-class ballet company in financial difficulties would sit out the dancer with the biggest buzz and momentum?
  18. I've always hated it that dancers are supposed to wear one brand only simply when their company has some sort of deal with a brand, in this case Freeds. My daughter could never wear Freeds successfully. She tried and tried, but no Freeds, even the specially made ones she experimented with off and on for years, could accommodate her feet - exceedingly slender, extremely high arches, but with unusual toe lengths. Luckily, her company paid for her shoes even though they weren't standard. I wonder if the NYCB dancers who wear other makers have to pay some amount of money toward them since they're not Freeds. Bouder has such strong feet; it may be that her Blochs will last better through her performances than Freeds.
  19. Yes, I did. thanks. I think she would be lovely.
  20. I would love to see the Hyltin Titania.
  21. I just see Copeland listed once, on May 25 in Whipped Cream. Is she injured? guesting elsewhere?
  22. I was torn about these 2 men getting fired. Mostly, I thought it was premature. A suspension always made sense to me. Catazaro, I believe, was truly wronged. Yes, he was boorish, but from what I've read, didn't deserve to be treated so severely. I think Ramasar's situation is a bit different. From what I've read, I don't think he should have been fired, but a long suspension, such as what he's effectively experienced, along with the counseling requirement, makes very good sense. I also think that he now has to earn the respect of the other dancers. Some may refuse to perform with him. That's what happens when, no matter how it becomes public, people learn that someone has been a boor. I hope he's learned from this experience. I hope that, rather than feeling victimized, he's learned that being a man does not include the behavior he exhibited, outside of work or not. I hope he's truly learning how to respect women. If he can, his life will be enriched. The "bad boy" life wears thin eventually. He's been given a great opportunity. Let's see what he does with it.
  23. Regardless of whether or not he is good at what he does, I admire Misty for her decision to work on her technical issues by going back to the absolute basics. Such a hard thing for a principal dancer to do!
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