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About oyoyoyoyoy

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    teacher/former dancer
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    dallas, texas, usa

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  1. No one mentions that this interview is from 1997. As Allegra states, she wrote the book for herself and then it was published so at the time of this interview she had not done a lot of public speaking. I think you would find her much more polished today. But who cares?! Allegra is Allegra; there is no one like her. I think she is a national treasure. Stunningly beautiful, gracious, and very, very intelligent.
  2. This may be off topic so feel free to remove. A company such as ABT cannot exist with only soloists and principals, you must have a corps de ballet. And it seems no one is addressing that issue. It is a shame to hire soloist level dancers, for the coprs, who think they will move up the ranks when that is not going to happen. They become very unhappy and sometimes "incompetent" corps dancers. I know it would be difficult, but it would be great if a director could say to a dancer, "I am hiring you as a corps dancer and I don't see you moving beyond that, but the company needs YOU." Dancing
  3. I think everyone goes into a ballet company hoping to be a principal, but for all of the reasons listed above (money, openings, directors taste/whims, choreographers' choices) that doesn't always happen. My favorite example is Angel Corella who was in the back line of his company in Spain (it seems he was not particularly appreciated by the director) so he came to the US and auditioned for Kevin McKenzie of ABT and we all know what happened going forth from there! Ballet is not a profession where one puts in their time and is automatically promoted. Look at orchestras; many spend their care
  4. In the 80's, North Carolina Dance Theater (under the direction of Sal Aiello) toured with a contemporary piece by Mauricio Wainrot that had the female lead topless for the last 1/4 to a 1/3 of the ballet. It did cause a bit of a problem when performed in Denton, Texas at Texas Women's University because NCDT had failed to inform it's sponsor that there was partial nudity in the piece and, of course, being Texas, there were many young ladies in their Sunday best whose parent's were, rightfully, scandalized. There was a meeting of the artistic staff of NCDT and the univerity the next day, but
  5. The pictures are truly wonderful. Unfortunately the ballet was not. Rather a lack of steps, and too much speaking that wasn't very well done.
  6. Maybe it has been mostly on Broadway that I have experienced the "de rigeur" standing ovation, but I don't go to Broadway that often and I am sure it has occured at ABT when it wasn't really warranted (IMO). I would expect that it does not happen unnecessarily at the opera. In regards to clapping during a variation - I say YES, if you are so inclined and it seems appropriate. It's true that sometimes uneducated audiences will clap for every mundane lift that occurs and that is terribly annoying. (I find this true when the audience is robust with people who have experienced the "dance compet
  7. I lived in NYC for many years, but nine years ago moved to Texas (not my choice). When I was first in Texas everyone gave standing ovations at the end of every performance. Coming from New York I thought this was incredibly provincial and did not like it. Much to my shock when I am in NYC now, I see the same thing happening. I think it is terrible. Sure the performers like to get a standing ovation and now have probably come to expect it, but I still think it should be reserved for the exceptional performance. When I am at a Broadway show I get the feeling that the audience (largely tou
  8. rg, Dancers are not allowed to sit in costumes backstage or in their dressing room or where ever, but choreography does exist where the dancer is sitting on stage in costume either on the floor or on a prop. Also sit lifts kind of crush the tutu not to mention the male dancers makeup sometimes gets on the costume. Anyway, this looks like a 1950's-ish style photo of the beautiful Mary Ellen Moylan. I like it because it shows the beautiful dancer, the beautiful costume, and does not make ballet some remote, "elitist" kind of occupation. She seems more accessible to the tastes of the genera
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