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    Former ballet dancer, former ballet teacher, fan, ballet lover
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    Nutcracker 2018

    I'm so glad to Ulbricht is doing this. It's a shame it's coming so late in his career. I always felt that Peter Martins under utilized him. It took years for Martins to cast him as Oberon, but he excelled in it. From social media I know that Ulbricht has recently guested with Sarah Lane, doing Cavalier.
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    Kathryn Morgan

    I agree with others that Sarasota and Washington Ballet might be good places for Morgan. She is 30 years old and would want to (I imagine) join a company as a principal or soloist. A lot will depends on which companies have that additional salary in their budget. Also, long term - how reliable is she, and how long will she be dancing. AD's take a lot of things into consideration.
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    Kathryn Morgan

    My thinking is when you think of the NYCB rep overall it wouldn't be what she'd want.
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    Dog at the ballet

    I emailed them and got a response saying they were sorry for my inconvenience and would review their animal policy. I didn't follow up beyond that, and it was a couple of years ago. If they haven't changed their policy of allowing comfort animals, I would hope they are prepared to accommodate people with allergies and asthma.
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    Dog at the ballet

    My understanding is that a service animal it one that is trained to provide specific services and that "comfort" animals do not legally qualify. Many businesses don't know that. I had a horrible experience in the Joyce Theater in NYC about 2 yrs ago. I took my seat and the woman next to me had a small dog in a cage, on her lap. The animal stunk to high heaven. It made my stomach turn. I signaled the usher who sent the house manager over to tell me that the dog was allowed. I asked if my husband and I could be moved to comparable seats - the answer was that no seats were available. I don't know if anything has changed since the, but I did write to complain.
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    Eating disorders and ballet

    It can be very confusing for dance students and young professionals. You can honestly believe that another dancer got a role you wanted because she is thinner than you are. Later on, looking back, it's easier to understand that that dancer had attributes that you didn't recognize at the time. In the meantime you tried to starve your way to success. I truly think things have improved a lot since back in the day when I danced professionally. In my day lots of people simple tried to stop eating. Now so much more is know about nutrition and cross training. Cross training is a big factor. A corps member can be in the studio for 6 hours of rehearsal without burning a lot of calories. It's very start and stop, and stretches of time can be spent posing. It's tiring but not necessarily calorie burning in a big way. Cross training can be more aerobic, burn calories and make you stronger.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Yes, Kirstein raised a lot of money for the company. Peter Martins seems to have been very good at fundraising and mingling with donors.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I thought about Jennifer Ringer too. She was an intelligent and, what I would call, honest dancer. I don't think she has experience running a company. She's been running a school and a number of years ago she directed the "Dancers' Choice" performance at NYCB. Her theme, if I remember correctly, was to feature the corps, and was quite poised and well spoken. If she's the one, I wonder if her husband James Fayette, will have a position. He has experience with performers' unions. Personally, I think she'd be a better choice than Wendy Whelan. Of course I've been trying to come up with former ballerinas who joined post Balanchine. Margaret Tracy, Janie Taylor, Miranda Weese, Yvonne Borree - none seem like candidates
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Interesting thought. Why would she be replacing Abrera in anything so early, it's only Nov.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    This does seem odd. I can't imagine her name would sell tickets and ABT is bursting with people in all ranks that need opportunities.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I agree On Pointe. I just wonder if Boal or Lopez would want the job. Peter Boal seems quite involved in the Seattle community, and is working with dancers he hand picked. Lopez is just putting her stamp on Miami. They both have contracts that they would have to break. I also can't see Helgi Tomasson leaving SFB. Not many people have experience running a large, successful company. Ib Anderson is in Arizona, I don't know much about the company but he would be an interesting choice. Colleen Neary runs the LA ballet (I believe). It seems incredibly hard to get a company going there. Judy Fugate has run a small group for a number of years. There is Nikolai Hubbe in Denmark. Damien Woetzel has never run a company, but has developed a successful festival (quite a different thing). In any event he is just starting at Juilliard. We don't know who has applied for the job or who is being encouraged to, but in the meantime I hope "the team" continues to bring in dancers from the past to coach. Please bring Suzanne in! One thing that makes this so difficult is that being a great dancer doesn't mean you'll be a great company director, any more than it means you'll be a great teacher. Maybe there is a former NYCB corps member out there serving as an assistant director somewhere, who'd do a fabulous job.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Casting is a difficult thing and a zero sum game. Does the AD give Abrera opportunities because she doesn't have many years left? Or does he give younger dancers opportunities, so they develop and get chances to do roles before they hit their mid to late 30's. Personally I believe management let Julie Kent go on for too long. It's not an easy thing. When I look at casting, who should lose an Aurora so Abrera gets one? I'm sure we all have opinions, but it is a zero sum game.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    I'm excited about the Tharp program. Deuce Coupe goes back to Kevin M's Joffrey days. I wonder who is going to stage it. I wish they were doing Push Comes to Shove, but the Tharp program should be entertaining. The principal women all seem to have a fair amount to do. Brandt and Trenary have enough principal roles to warrant being promoted. I wonder if KM will promote them before there are any retirements. I'm not a fan of full length story ballets in general, and the idea of a piece of literature like Jane Eyre being a ballet doesn't attract me. Dear Reader, I don't see how the tone of the book can be captured. So, I'll rely on your reviews of that, Manon and other full lengths but will be attending the rep nights.
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    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    The board of directors definitely took a chance. They wanted Julie Kent's star power and vision. Her salary is an increase of 40% over the former director's. They offered her husband a job (presumably at a nice salary) and free housing. That is quite a good deal. The board must have wanted her badly even though she had never run a company before. I can't help but wonder what Brooklyn Mack and some other dancers think, now that Kent's salary and living situation has been made public.
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    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    Very interesting article. It will be fascinating to follow this company's successes and failures. Julie Kent seems to want to follow the ABT model, but that company is having a hard time, IMHO, figuring out what to do to sell tickets. It's interesting that the mentors she mentions, Baryshnikov, Tudor, Nureyev - were not men who built successful companies. Lastly, saying it's not about entertainment is a mistake.
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