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  1. NBOC seems to have a large "corps" of volunteers and staffers for the fundraising. usually very nice people who actually know a lot about the ballet, so one doesn't mind the phone call terribly (though it would be nice if they avoided my dinner hour).

  2. further to my season's ticket pricing rant….

    I had a call the other night from NBOC while I was cooking dinner. Normally I wouldn't pick up at that time, but figured I had something to say. The man on the other end of the phone was probably taken aback (I think he was calling for donations), but he was very nice. Said he would look into it and call me back. He didn't.

    I did tell him that I was not about to make a donation when the price of my season's tickets went up so much, without warning.

    Guess I have a couple of weeks to decide before the early bird deadline.

    Question: do other big companies have the renewal process so early?

  3. NBOC announces casting very close to the program dates…. generally about 2 weeks in advance or so. Therefore not any help when making decisions about subscriptions for next season.

    As I always have gone on a Sunday matinee I can sometimes predict who I'll see as Sunday is generally not first cast (and yes I may have an opinion about that too…) However sometimes over the last season or so we have seen some amazing performances. There are some up and coming soloists that I don't get to see enough of, and one that I see too much of.

  4. sandik - yes that is about right, though I think in recent years we haven't always had four full length ballets.

    This weekend I got around to looking at my subscription renewal info. Holy catfish!! The price has gone up by just over $200, for an early bird cost of just under $1000 for the season!!! This is for the 6 programs - one performance each.


    Not sure what I will do. I really like my seat - suspect my seating choice is part of the cost problem, but still. An increase of over 20%??


  5. Hi Whitey-

    Welcome from a fellow Canadian!

    Please take some time to explore all the information here and on Ballet Talk for Dancers.

    It's always nice to have someone new from Canada!


  6. I had the same feeling here in Canada! Apparently there was a broadcast on The Sports Network - but not live on one of the National networks. Of course there were live broadcasts of a hockey game (or two or three).

    The US Nationals were the same weekend as the Canadian ones. I was able to watch a lot of the US (finals) live, from Canada. Would have really appreciated being able to see the Ice Dancing Free Dance for both countries, on the same day.

    Can't comment on the European skaters however but the Olympics should be great in terms of skating talent!


  7. I agree with everything you've said, but it does bother me a bit (in case you hadn't noticed... innocent.gif ) that KK specifically said she didn't have a spot for Lunkina and noted that taking her on would take work away from other female principals. Granted she was likely referring to a full contract, but it just seems like a slippery kind of statement to make. Hopefully the dancing is wonderful enough to make me zip my lips.

    And why on earth do you get rid of a principal dancer (JJ) only to have him back? Now of course I am making assumptions as to who made the decision to leave...

  8. Very interesting news. Will be quite glad to see McKie more. Did not go to the gala, so didn't see Lunkina. I remember however that Kain was quoted as saying that she didn't have a place in the company for her. So - what gives, KK?

    Re Jelinek - again, confused. He left and now he's back?? I do like him, feel like Toronto audiences didn't get to see him enough due to injuries and so forth - but why did KK let him leave and then bring him back?

    Re Golding - I hope I get to see him - looking forward to that!

  9. On my list of dancers I'd be trying to lure if I was ABT.... Evan Mc Kie and Jason Reilly, Stuttgart Ballet. Have seen them both perform here in Canada and enjoyed them both immensely.

    An American dancer I've really enjoyed is Brooklyn Mack.

    Unfortunately, ABT isn't calling to ask my opinion...

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