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mom2

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  1. Thanks again Jeannie! I appreciate your comments about Pleshenko; hopefully I'll have a chance to see the skate again. Would love to hear Elvis' comments versus Dick Buttons. As for Mr. B, in my very humble opinion, he talks too much. I like to learn things about skating through the commentators, but too much talk can detract from the enjoyment of the performance.
  2. Again, thank you so much for your posts, Jeannie! Much better than the media coverage here...which I MUST complain about. I feel I'm owed some figure skating news (tv, print, what have you) after all the hockey, golf, and football I must watch...but sadly, last night I was disappointed. Canada is still only broadcasting from TSN which is fuzzy on my tv and a station I forget about...the Ice dancing was on early, so I missed it. Then we had to wait for a HOCKEY game and at 11:30 I fell asleep at the tv waiting for skating to appear. I did check out the ABC coverage. They only showed the t
  3. I actually prefer Tracy Wilson's commentary to Mr. Buttons...but you can always count on him to talk about those spins! Elvis actually did a great job the other night..perhaps a new career for him? Debbie Wilkes (sp?) is doing the commentating for the pairs events...sometimes Barb Underhill has done this too, depends on which Canadian network is broadcasting. Last night I wasn't able to find skating anywhere...so hopefully it will be on tonight! I'm lucky enough to be able to get the american and canadian versions, which is sometimes a nice treat.
  4. I don't pretend to be a skating expert by any means, but I have to say that the marks were very perplexing indeed. For me it was more the range of marks/ordinals that was confusing...I can see that the skaters would be frustrated. I felt so badly for Michael Weiss...kind of a Bourne and Kraatz thing (the olympics, I believe when they skated so wonderfully only to fall quite awkwardly at the closing pose)... I agree it was really interesting to hear commentary by Elvis and Tracey Wilson (what a team!)...especially Elvis' comments about artistic impression!
  5. jeannie, Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts here! Our Canadian paper hasn't had anything yet (other than the latest about the US judge). Your posts are so informative! I'm sure I'll learn more from you than listening to the commentators tonight! And I will still secretly keep my fingers crossed for Emanuel Sandhu. If he could only land two great programs back to back...ah, there's always hope.
  6. I stand corrected. There were 3 entries from the USA. What really struck me though was the number of dancers form other countries: Australia had 21, Japan 33, and Korea 19.
  7. I was wondering the same about North America. There was one dancer from Mexico, but none from Canada or the US....interesting given Mavis Staines' involvement now. I watched the video last night and while the picture was awfully small and I fel silly watching it with my reading glasses, things seemed to be well syncronized.
  8. A little late, I suppose, but I'll offer my thoughts anyway! Canada was so VERY proud of Bourne & Kraatz. Unfortunately all I saw of the competition was their free dance...but I enjoyed it very much. I was somewhat disappointed with the placing of the 2nd Canadian team - but since I'm certainly NOT a firgure skater I'll have to defer to the judges, and to those who know more about the whole thing than I do. I wondered if their choice of music was perhaps a factor...it was an original composition, very unusual. Suited their program, but I wonder if it was too much of a stretch?? Canad
  9. I'm thinking I need to scrimp those pennies even more so that I can afford to attend more than one show in a run....it does make a difference! I was equally pleased to see Rex in the huge hat, by the way. The smoking of cigarettes on stage was an interesting touch...I could actually smell them from where I was sitting! I suppose it's quite true to the period....
  10. Tapper is now a principal as well. Their return would be wishful thinking on my part. The last I read they were both happy at the Royal. I'm glad that P.S. sustained his performance throughout when you saw him on Saturday. He clearly has a great deal of potential. Not bad to look at either (did I say that)? the company seats are just across the aisle from mine....
  11. I was just going to post about that! Thanks and my deepest apologies to MR Witchel!! It was an interesting article...I wonder how they came to choose the four dancers that were featured, as there are others who come to mind as well. I'm trying to recall who I saw in the Contract..will have to look back in the programs; it may have been N. Kish. I quite enjoyed him in the performance, but better say no more until I"m sure of the person I'm talking about. P. Stancazyk was actually the one we noticed in Napoli who started with a bang, fizzled, and lost stage presence as he finished. This w
  12. Mr. Witchel, I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who thought something was off with Le Spectre de la Rose. Of course, having never seen it before I really don't know what it's supposed to look like, but to me the arms (Sunday matinee, i.e. Hirano) looked like they weren't quite sure what to do. It was all too much for me on top of the very pink costume. Interestingly, my daughter knows the gentleman who staged this ballet for NBOC. This morning she talked to him about it (he hadn't attended the Sunday performance). His comment was that the dancer we saw was the better one in the role. I a
  13. It appears I'm a bit late here...but will add my non-extert comments anyway. Daughter and I braved the winter storm on Sunday to see the last performance of the mixed program. Her school had done some of Napoli this past summer, so she was interested to see what NBOC would do. My guess would be that it wasn't the best show for the dancers...there were a number of little things that you wouldn't have expected in a professional production...including one dancer quite obviously losing his stage presence at the end of his variation. The comments with daughter and friend in the lobby were that
  14. We are BIG Julie Hay fans here at our house! I met her once and gushed like a silly goof! Andrea Olteneau is also on to watch in the corps. I love Nan Yu, Chan Hon Goh, and Sonia Rodriguez.
  15. For those of you in Canada, I"m wondering if anyone saw Brian Mc Donald's Requiem, which I believe was last night (and again tonight) at the National Arts Centre. There was a review this morning in the Globe and Mail, and a piece on CBC earlier in the week...so I'm curious to hear what others thought of it. (I don't live near Ottawa, so am unable to attend)
  16. Thank you so much for your wonderful account of last night's events! It almost made up for the fact that I didn't have tickets this time!!
  17. I watched both the NBC and CBC versions of last night's pairs. Paul Martini and Barbara Underhill were commentating for CBC. These seasoned pairs competitors appeared at a loss to explain the results, and they didn't mention a 2-foot landing...I assume this means they didn't notice it. These two usually notice everything, as does Sandra Bezic. Actually, I thought that Underhill and Martini had some very nice things to say during the skate...Bezic commented that B and S seemed slower than usual and lacked some sparkle. I do feel that there was too much of an expectation that S and P win th
  18. You BET I'll be following the skating! We're big fans here in our house! We are crossing our fingers, toes, etc. for Emanuel Sandhu (who I'm sure you've heard spent a number of years at the National Ballet School in Toronto). Of course we are also rooting for Sale & Pelltier and Bourne and Kraatz. Thanks for the schedule...we're lucky to get both Canadian and US channels where we are, so it should be a great show!
  19. My daughter and I were at the matinee today (Nov. 11) - what a wonderful show! Not only was the dancing a treat, as per Paquita's review, but there were some special features that made today very special. After the second intermission there was a film montage by CBC television archives and Norman Campbell. Karen Kain, Veronica Tennant, and one more former NBOC member whose name escapes me at the moment spoke a few words...artistic directors, past and present, were mentioned by name. In the audience were over 200 former company members, and all were called to the stage following the final c
  20. Loved your review of Merry Widow! My older daughter and I saw the Sunday Matinee, with Martine Lamy and Sonia Rodriguez. A great show, although daughter thought that there was a lack of unison in some of the dancing. I had never seen this ballet "live" before, and enjoyed it immensely. At wonderful way to start the season. Leigh, if you go to the Sunday matinee perhaps we'll rub elbows! I will be there, with younger daughter this time. Enjoy the show!
  21. look forward to your review, Paquita. I am going on Sunday with my daughter.
  22. looking at my program, Yuriko was in Chopiniana..Nocturne, Mazurka, and Valse. I would guess that's a pretty good sign...how old is she?
  23. Hi Lilly, My daughter and I attended the Friday evening performance - which one did you see? I think our experience was similar to yours...we certainly enjoyed ourselves! We had EXCELLENT seats, although I think it's difficult to have poor seats in that theatre. I was quite impressed with the quality of dancing, and the unison of the corps in Chopiniana. We loved the sports theme in the last ballet, and the performers seemed to echo the sentiment. My daughter will be attending the summer program this year; there was a girl from the states in her audition (in Toronto), but I didn't speak
  24. We went to the Thurs. mat performance...the same one Helga attended. My older daughter was there with her ballet school...Ryan Boorne, who danced Pinkerton's friend, is a graduate of her school...so it was nice for them to get to see him. He has matured considerably in his dramatic abilitiesover the last couple of years. Serenade was wonderful, and I thought there were very few lapses in unison. We all loved Butterfly! I think that this ballet truly allows the dancers to be actors, and they all fulfilled the expectations wonderfully. Sonia Rodriguez is of course technically brilliant,
  25. I wish I could help you here...but I won't see the performance myself until the 10th. I had to change my regular ticket (last Sunday). My daughter went to the mixed program today...I was away at her sister's performance so didn't go. Word was that the performance was enjoyed.
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