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  1. Adding my thanks California for the review. I'll be in Denver soon (sadly not Vail this year), and plan on visiting the exhibit.
  2. The Canadian competitors Saeka Shirai and Yue Shi both won Silver medals in the Senior competition. They are with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and are listed on the company website as apprentices.
  3. oh - forgot to mention that I really didn't care for Giselle's 2nd act costume. It must be new, and the Willi's older - it was so different from theirs (yes whiter, but different in style and embellishment also), and I didn't think the bodice fit as well as it should have. An unfortunate distraction for me.
  4. I could never report as fully or articulately as volcanohunter, but did want to comment briefly on the performance yesterday, which was both the last of the season and the premiere for Jurgita Dronina as Giselle. I have quite enjoyed Dronina this season, and Giselle did not disappoint. No technical issues that I could see (though I would not have expected any!). In the "mad scene" her Giselle went mad quite quickly - don't know that I've seen it portrayed quite that way before. Certainly was convincing! I thought James did very well overall, but on reflection perhaps he wasn't as sympath
  5. Thanks so much for this volcanohunter! You are lucky to have seen so many performances! I go tomorrow; I believe casting is Dronina/James.
  6. Thanks for the news kbarber - re Harrison James: wow. Quite unprecedented for NBOC, don't you think? He hasn't been with the company all that long, and from what I recall completely skipped the ranking of second soloist, going directly to first soloist from corps? Am I remembering that right?
  7. So I gave my ticket to a friend on Sunday as I had too much else going on. Wow - guess I picked a good show to miss! My daughter saw the dress rehearsal on Friday night, and reports pretty much what was said in the Globe and Mail article...
  8. very interesting indeed. I think my ticket is for the 19th - am happy to see Dronina!
  9. Will read the link volcanohunter - thank you for posting! Saye did a wonderful job in the mixed program this past weekend. And on that note, Dawid T was quite a treat in La Sylphide. Had been looking forward to seeing Frola, but the guest artist did not disappoint.
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    Joy Womack

    I haven't watched all of the performance video yet, but have been watching the vlogs for a while now. Based on that I would agree with vagansmom and vipa. I see strong elements in her dancing, but to me it seems more technical than an artistic interpretation. I know she tries VERY hard - extraordinarily hard perhaps - and I almost wonder if she doesn't try a bit too hard. I admire her for what she is trying to do - establish a career and a life in a country far away from family and friends, learn a new language and experience lots of new things. She's also pretty good in the self advoca
  11. I am not overly pleased with next season's programming, NOR I am pleased that the prices have gone up again, or that we only have till April 18 essentially to make a decision as subscribers. After that date prices go up, and our current seats are only held until May 1. I really don't want to subscribe to a full season this year, but feel rather hostage by my seat choice (which I love). I will likely lose this seat, which I've had since the Four Seasons opened, if I change my subscription package.
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    Miko Fogarty

    Miko Fogarty is with the Birmingham Royal Ballet: https://www.brb.org.uk/profile/miko-fogarty
  13. I saw the McKie/Dronina cast in Toronto in November. Thought it was wonderful. I hadn't seen Dronina dance before; lovely seems like an insufficient word to describe, but vocabulary is failing me this morning. I always enjoy McKie. I thought Lunkina was very well suited to the role of Paulina. Lobsanova was wonderful in Perdita as well. If I were to choose from the casts mentioned above I would not go with Maddox/Ogden, but this is because Maddox is not my favourite NBOC male principal. I'm sure Ogden will do wonderfully in the role. If you see that cast, you'll enjoy Skylar Campbell a
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    Joy Womack

    I should admit that I have been following the vlogs - not sure what has my interest really. She complained that she was injured due to her partner (as others have noted above); complained that she wasn't allowed to go back to the US which she needed to do for medical treatment; then in fact did go to the US for a number of days, had hyperbaric treatments and IV (don't know of anyone else who has such easy access to these treatments...personally I don't think I was aware that these were even available in the way she describes); then returned to Russia. First blog back in Russia said she was s
  15. volcanohunter - re casting and Brendan Saye - last season I don't think I saw him dance at all, definitely not in principal roles. Assume that he was recuperating from injury, but don't recall if the company posted anything along those lines. I am looking forward to seeing Felix Paquet - had the pleasure of watching him in Banff this summer.
  16. Kaysta, You'll be fine! It's actually a pretty short distance from the highway exit to get to the Four Seasons/Sheraton. But I know what you mean about driving in new places!
  17. Driving in Toronto is comparable to driving an any large city, at least in my opinion. It's quite straightforward to get to the Sheraton, and to the Four Seasons. The Sheraton is steps away from the Four Seasons. There are driving directions on the website of the Four Seasons - and likely on the Sheraton one as well. You'll just need a bit of patience to get through bits of construction on the Gardiner Expressway, and again as you exit the Gardiner and inch up towards University. Once you are at your hotel there is lots within walking distance. Enjoy!
  18. Today promotions were announced on the company's Facebook account. I don't see anything on the company website as yet. A LOT of action this year - haven't seen this much in quite some time. A couple of men seem to have leaped from corps to first soloist (Frola, James). I can't recall this happening before - at least in the years I've been paying attention. I'd be interested in your thoughts…. Promoted to Principal dancer: Naoya Ebbe Elena Lobsanova Promoted to Principal CharacterArtist: Stephanie Hutchinson Etienne Lavigne Jonathan Renna Promoted to First Soloist: Skylar Campbe
  19. Hi everyone, I attended Tuesday evening and posted a little blurb over on Ballet Talk for dancers. It was a wonderful evening of dance - very strong competitors (dancers and choreographers). mom2
  20. from the Banff Centre: (press release and historical video) http://www.banffcentre.ca/media-release/1187/media-statement-on-passing-brian-macdonald-cc
  21. Sonia Rodriguez as a "replacement" is not exactly a bad thing, in my view. I love watching her.
  22. He does talk a little bit about the Apprentice program. In particular he mentions the audition process and the number of interested candidates they receive vs available positions. Thank you again Helene for posting the links to these podcasts. mom2
  23. I read Fosse. Took awhile - it's quite the book, and I kept looking things up on youtube as I read along.
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