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  1. Canbelto, I agree. I loved every minute.
  2. I attended last night, and guess there was no vodka sponsor, alas! (I do remember being there for the 100th and having Peter M. lead everyone in the taking of shots! I liked Lauren and Andy's (alumnus of my daughters' ballet school in LA under Yvonne Mounsey and I still remember when he would pretty much look at this feet while he danced, OR crack up with his two dancing brothers) brief remarks. I pretty much agreed with the NY Times review. The evening belonged to Megan Fairchild in "La Source." She was thoroughly enchanting in the vein of Violette Verdy. Gonzalo Garcia was serviceable as her partner and I think he was giving it everything he had, but I would loved to have seen the debut of Joseph Gordon with his incredible ballon instead. (This was my one night here from Texas so I will take what I can get) I thought Tiler P. was lovely and expansive in "Allegro" and also want to single out Lauren King as "corps" for this ballet which must be devilishly hard. This was my first "Firebird" ever and I loved the spectacle of it all, and enjoyed Emilie Gerrity as the princess bride. Other than that, for me, it passed by in a flash and I felt it was over before it began.
  3. Does anyone know who is seated to the left of Ms. Farrell in the photo? It looks a little like Colleen Neary to me. According to the essay she wrote on Brahms-Schoenberg in Balanchine: Celebrating a Life in Dance, she has danced in three of the four movements, so would it make sense that she is coaching it too?
  4. Very exciting! I'll be there from Texas on 1/22 and can't wait!
  5. This is a very interesting topic. I cannot presume to know the inner workings of the company, either fiscally or artistically, but I can see both sides of the coin -- we want to see opportunities given to hard working, deserving corps members and see all that young energy on the stage, and experience the excitement of their debuts. Yet, there is perhaps not enough work as it is for current principals and soloists, and no practical imperative (no rehearsal time, studio space, etc as others have mentioned) for putting forward new SPFs or Dewdrops. And then, of course, there's the issue of the marquee value of the principals as others have mentioned. I do remember traveling from California for a NYCB Nutcracker long ago with my then young dancing daughters and our SPF was Megan Fairchild -- then in the corps. I think it might have even been her debut in the role. I admit we were not excited about that. (Sofiane Sylve was Dewdrop in that performance.) But now, I would die to see Megan in either of those roles, and when I think back on it I guess I was just lucky to see the beginning of a dancer's amazing trajectory.
  6. Sorry, just saw that Nanushka already posted about Joseph Gordon rehearsing "La Source." I hope he is performing on Jan. 22. I'll be there that night from Texas for what looks like an excellent program -- La Source, Allegro Brillante and Firebird.
  7. For anyone wondering about Tiler Peck, she is indeed guesting this weekend with Tyler Angle with Chamberlain Ballet in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She just posted on her Instagram about it...sorry I don't know how to copy it.
  8. Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle have been guest artists in north Texas at Chamberlain Ballet's "Nutcracker" every Thanksgiving weekend for the past several years. They are still scheduled to perform this year.
  9. Much to my regret, I have noticed that one of my favorite senior corps members, Lydia Wellington, is no longer listed on the company roster. Does anyone know anything about this? There was no announcement of other plans at the end of fall season, as there was for Sarah Villwock. I had been hoping for a promotion for her.
  10. Well, in anticipation of possible promotions today, I decided to prepare "Principal Pork" for dinner tonight -- a recipe from Jock Soto and Heather Watts' "Our Meals" cookbook. This was the dinner Jock prepared upon learning he had been promoted. It's a delicious recipe I've made for years and I'm making it now...promotions or no promotions! Even though there were no announcements today, and I can't presume to know why or why not, sounds like it was a beautiful fall season. Thank you to everyone who kept this far away Texas fan informed with your eyewitness accounts and amazing insights which I truly appreciate. I really live for your reviews since it is not very often that I can get there myself. Until "Nutcracker!"
  11. Congratulations to them! Can we expect to hear more company promotions announced this weekend? Fingers crossed!
  12. I don't know who has been taken into the company, but I do know that Shelby Tzung has accepted a contract with the National Ballet of Canada. She is also one of this year's Mae L. Wien Award recipients. (Shelby came from Westside Ballet in Santa Monica, CA, founded by Yvonne Mounsey -- my daughters former pre-professional school -- and this was posted on their social media. Andrew Veyette is also an alumnus.)
  13. Week 5 casting is up: https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB-Casting-February-19-24-2019-lobby.pdf
  14. I was there last night and agree with the comments from Cobweb and Nanushka. I was kind of dreading the "See The Music" too but found it delightful and loved seeing the orchestra and Susan Walter highlighted. Serenade was a joy. Mozartiana even more so and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Tyler Angle as a partner. I thought he looked foar more comfortable and commanding in the role than Chase Finlay whom I saw last February. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto Number 2 swept me away. I just love Joseph Gordon. I find that he carries himself with such nobility and elan, and the future looks bright for him. As for the new Tchaikovsky costumes, from my seat in row N of the orchestra, the bodices did not appear too heavy for the skirts as they might have close up, per some earlier comments. Overall, I thought they "read" very well color-wise, the vest design of the men's costumes notwithstanding. The women's dresses -- especially the principals' -- were super-sparkly -- not enough to outsparkle Ashley Bouder, of course, but at moments I found the bling almost blinding. This coming from a person who loves sparkle in every form!
  15. I am in town on business from Texas and going on Jan. 23rd. Excited to see Mearns and Peck in Serenade but also would have loved to see the Lovette/Gerrity debuts later in the week.
  16. Per Justin Peck's InstaStories, four apprentices have been named. Looks like three women and one man. Of course, I don't know who any of them are. They are all in Western Symphony costumes in the story.
  17. Hmm. I remember that she danced a lead in Concerto Barocco in the SAB Workshop (and I think also as part of the Proteges program at the Kennedy Center) but didn't know she did it once she joined the company. It isn't listed in her repertoire. In any case, I see she is cast as "Prayer" in Coppelia, and I wish her well!
  18. Is anyone else besides me rooting for the promotion of Lydia Wellington?
  19. Thank you so much, CTballetfan! I live in Texas and don't get to see NYCB very often, so I appreciate your report and those of others as well. I am determined to get there in fall to see "Jewels" in the afternoon and at night, "Barocco," "Tchai Pas" and "Symphony in C" (plus Stravinsky). That seems like an epic day at NYCB and a good use of my travel $!
  20. Thank you so much, CTballetfan! I live in Texas and don't get to see NYCB very often, so I appreciate your report and those of others as well. I am determined to get there in fall to see "Jewels" in the afternoon and at night, "Barocco," "Tchai Pas" and "Symphony in C" (plus Stravinsky). That seems like an epic day at NYCB and a good use of my travel $!
  21. Was anyone there today to see Sara M. and Tyler A. in their Tchai Pas debuts (well, NY debut for him)? By the look of the curtain call on Sara's Instastories, the applause was thunderous!
  22. They did the fourth movement only in 2014. Sounds like they are doing the ballet in its entirety this time.
  23. I will be flying in from Texas to see both performances on February 10th. I am very excited!
  24. Per NYCB's Twitter, Ashley Laracey debuted in Thou Swell today. I believe she replaced Sara Mearns who posted on Instagram that she is injured but hopes to perform at the Lincoln Center Festival next week. If anyone saw the performance, please comment! 6 hours ago More DEBUT: Merde to Ashley Laracey as she makes her debut in Peter Martins' Thou Swell this afternoon on the @MagicofSPAC stage. 0 replies4 retweets25 likes
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