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  1. Did anyone catch the Friday night performance of Swan Lake with Marianela Nunez? I had the opportunity to take class with her on Friday morning and she was extraordinary. Though she complained of being off her leg, she still managed to whip out a clean, slow, well controlled six pirouettes. I was lucky enough to see the other 3 performances (which were all incredible might I add), but unfortunately I couldn't make it to the Friday night show. I'm really eager to hear what people thought.
  2. That's great news!!!! From time to time Molly still takes class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and I've been lucky enough to have taken classes with her. I can personally say she is a beautiful dancer.
  3. I was accepted to compete in juniors but unfortunately due to a bad case of pneumonia it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go.
  4. The proteges program was about young dancers from all over. Whether they are 16 or 18 or even 19 doesn’t really change it for me. I found it interesting to compare the styles of, for example, the delightful Danish dancers with the French dancers. After all, Bournonville was a French trained dancer. But for me, the biggest pleasant surprise was the Balanchine danced by the students from Dance Theatre of Harlem. Here was a group of students of all colors, of different body types, dancing beautifully, enthusiastically, and doing justice to the choreographer. I look forward to seeing more of them.
  5. Hi Natalia, I think perhaps that the tall "Italian looking" fellow about whom you asked is Pietro Zambello, who is Italian. He was my partner both of my summers at RBS (at that time he studied at a school in Italy). He is a wonderful partner and dancer. I attended the night he was the male dancer in the lead couple so I am not perfectly sure of his placement when he danced in the corps. Whitney
  6. Jonathan Cope was one of my teachers when I attended the Royal Ballet School’s Covent Garden Summer School. My class had him regularly. He was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person. He immediately learned the name of each student in the class. He also took the time to sign autographs for each of us and posed for the endless photos that we requested of him. I am saddened that not only has he decided to retire, but that through this accident his retirement is coming sooner than expected. I wish him a speedy and full recovery, and I am hopeful that he will continue to share his enormous gifts with future generations of dancers as a teacher.
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