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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    adult student, avid watcher
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    western US
  1. I would want to do Natalia Makarova's part from The River (assuming of course I could dance the way she did!), anything in Return to the Strange Land by Jiri Kylian, and Liebeslieder Waltz
  2. A teacher of mine, formerly of the Royal Ballet, once chastised someone in class for noisy pointe shoes, saying that noisy shoes detracted and distracted and that it was the dancer's responsibility to ensure that didn't happen.
  3. I have that program from a trip to ABT (I think on tour to the west coast) I use to look at the picture and, in my then adolescent and adoring way, want to "be" her.
  4. so glad to know it's not just me. I do it constantly while driving, to, dare I say it, all kinds of music.
  5. I think these suggestions are terrific. May I add one more. . . because elementary and middle school kids are surrounded by popular music and 'street' dancing, it might be really interesting to take some of the more popular hiphop movements and show how they can be treated balletically. I'm thinking for example, of a number of turns that are really turned in soutenous, and so on. . . An aside to the pointe shoe suggestion. . . the kindergardners at my son's school do a 'shoe study' every year which includes collecting different kinds of unusual shoes. I gave them a pair of old pointe shoes
  6. The grudge comes out of the woodwork. . . Apologies in advance -- my response is not necessarily technical and I don't have the specific knowledge of dancers that those in NY or who follow the company do but. . . First off, I picked the Wednesday program -- Who Cares, Agon, Symphony in C -- especially because it was a complete Balanchine bill. Choreographically I was thrilled. Thrilled may even be an understatement. It had been years (NYCB when I was a teen) since I had seen either NYCB or Balanchine's choreography live and I am awed by his brilliance. Now the grudgy part. I thought th
  7. As one who's always loved children's literature, particularly fantasy, may I add. . . Edward Eager (Half Magic, Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle, etc.) -- he was inspired by E. Nesbit The Wizard of Oz and sequels (so obvious that we tend to forget them) Ursula LeGuin's books, many for children The Borrowers (Mary Norton) The Gnomobile (Upton Sinclair, made into a movie years ago by Disney) All four Mary Poppins books The Rose and the Ring by Thackeray (that Thackeray!) Plus there are all sorts of new series out, the names of which escape me, but which my almost 11year old son absolut
  8. Watch the little girls struggling to stay awake out for a big evening with mommy and/or daddy Watch the teenagers trying to pretend they don't know their parents and stand in a perfect fifth Just people watch -- it's one of my favorite places to do so.
  9. Jane Krakowski dances, as does Cynthia Gibb (she was in the television series Fame, just turned 40)
  10. I am talking about Susan Jones. Thank you for clarifying that. Also, as I read the program insert last night -- didn't save it, I wish I had -- I recall it said that the ballet had it's premiere with Nureyev and Fonteyn in 1965.
  11. While watching the ABT Romeo and Juliet I felt as though Romeo got to do significantly more dancing than Juliet. Is this traditional, or was it possibly because this was originally choreographed for Nureyev and Fonteyn -- he being in his prime and she a good deal older? Or is it another reason entirely? Also, the role of the nurse is a non-dancing role -- how is that traditionally cast? Last night it looked to be played by a non-dancer, but one who was listedin the credits (although not as a member of the company) Thanks
  12. Amy, your mother is not alone -- years ago I took my mother to the Stuttgart and we picked the program based on her love for The Green Table. Recently she too lamented that none of the companies we have access to were performing the ballet.
  13. I just found a review in of all places, Dance View Times, and the reviewer -- Mindy Aloff -- was as curious as I was. I hope that link came throughReview
  14. Yes, that's absolutely it. thank you so much. If I come up with anything on wherabouts I'll add it to this thread. And Major Mel, better pas de chats over the rice paddys than chasses.
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