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  1. Also - wanted to clear up my comment "...that rare dancer who may be "black"..." By "rare" I meant that a dancer coming out of a professional level training program and auditioning for a job and actually "winning the lottery" - being offered a contract to a professional ballet company . That goal is achieved by the sum total of their unique and rare artistic being and, hopefully, not by the color of their skin.
  2. not sure what you are saying about sensing hostility to even the idea of hiring black Americans. Is your thought that Artistic Directors may have a resistance to hiring black American dancers?
  3. Yes, they've made it into the major schools but what percentage of the "graduating" students (of any "color") actually make it into a paid job at a ballet company? Just being well-trained is not an automatic entry into a company. It's a "rare" dancer who is well-trained but also mentally and physically gifted enough to appeal to an Artistic Director for any number of reasons. It could be the company is not hiring that year (current situation), it could be they are a classical company and require training from a school that trains students in that style (same true for students trained by SA
  4. This may be self-evident, but knowing first hand how incredibly difficult the mental and physical training required in ballet and the toll it takes and then add to that the natural athletic grace and musicality necessary - add to that the typically very short career of a professional dancer - it is the rare dancer that can achieve this goal much less continue to remain at the performance standard that is required. My take-away - if we want to open doors for those who may have seen this profession as unattainable, then access to early training must be available and affordable. Caveat - as
  5. Starting today and available until tomorrow! https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsballett/productioninfo/video-on-demand-jewels/2020-03-21-19-30-3.html https://operlive.de/jewels/
  6. Anima, as pherank mentions, was one of the more successful ballets of the Unbound Festival, and also enthusiastically received when SFB presented it in Washington, DC and London. Personally, I'd travel to see it as it's thrilling to watch not just Sofiane but the entire cast.
  7. I had the great pleasure of watching Ashly as a 10 year old dancer in Magda Aunon's studio in Fort Lauderdale doing those same thrilling fouettes! Merde and congratulations Ashly from your ballet mom admirers in south Florida. I'm sure you'll be a star wherever you go in life. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballets-spring-was-full-of-revelations.html
  8. Mark Morris uses Leroy Anderson music for The Sandpaper Ballet . I think the information you saw re: Trey McIntrye using Leroy Anderson music might have been misplaced on the site. It appears it's no longer there.
  9. Informative preview post of the two world premieres coming next week to SF Ballet. I'm looking forward to seeing them! http://www.theclassicalgirl.com/possokhov-and-scarlett-bring-two-world-premieres-to-the-sfb-stage/
  10. They also danced 4 or 5 shows at the Kennedy Center and 3 shows at City Center Oct/Nov 2018.
  11. I'm guessing that SFB Artistic Staff had Frances scheduled for Aurora and possibly Ana Sophia if she was ready so they probably didn't expect they'd need to teach it to another SFB dancer this season (everything is rehearsed in the summer/fall).
  12. A great disappointment, Pherank. I'm hoping they still will do it in London as scheduled...
  13. There were 7 performances of Anima Animus scheduled for February and so, would need 2 casts of principal women (2 principal women in each cast). They need to be small and fast as the partnering is tour de force - both couples doing side by side bicycle lifts traveling across the stage and then repeated, Sofiane and one of the principal men do an over head press lift that is walked slowly offstage, etc. The first and last movements have all ten dancers on stage - moving quickly, interchanging partners - tricky choreography. With two of the four women out in February, SFB made the decision t
  14. For the record, Cirio danced most of the leading classical roles in Boston before coming to ABT. He and Misa Kuranaga were quite the couple, and often had rave reviews. I remember their beautiful performance in Vail of the pas from Ashton's Cinderella. Boston had just had a run of the ballet earlier in the year. I may be mistaken, but I do not think Wendy Somes allows too many people to perform that pas outside of the context of the full ballet. He also danced a number of principal roles while at ENB - Romeo, James in La Sylphide, Messenger of Death in Song of the Earth, and the Prince in The
  15. ABT seems to rely on a specific rep and isn't a company that is known for advancing new choreography. I think Cirio made a good decision for himself as not only is he a technically amazing dancer but also an artist and a choreographer.
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