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The new Ballet Alert! is out

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Giannina just posted a question about an article in the latest Ballet Alert!, which made me realize I hadn't put up an announcement that the issue is out.

This is the first of our Seasons Preview issues, and has the 2003-2004 seasons for most of the major and mid-sized ballet companies in the United States: San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston, Miami, Joffrey, Houston, Pennsylvania, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Oakland, Tulsa, and Nashville.

(The remaining U.S. companies will be in the next issue, out in August; non-U.S. companies in October.)

But Wait. There's more!

Two Dale Brauner interviews -- first with Maria Kowroski about dancing (Swan Lake) in St. Petersburg. And second with Cincinnati Ballet dancer Tricia Sundbeck, about dancing in the company's recent Ballet Russe tribute. (Dale will be doing a continuing feature for us, talking to dancers who are NOT from New York, as well as those who aren't. We hope to have a mixture of stars, and dancers whose names you don't know, but are nevertheless interesting to talk to.

There's also a photo gallery of the 3rd International Mariinsky Ballet Festival.

AND there's my interview with Michael Bjerknes, whose dancing I had always admired. He also has a well-deserved reputation as a fine and thoughtful teacher and ballet master (he now runs a school in the D.C. area, the American Dance Institute) and the interview shows why.

And last, but by no means least, Victoria Leigh's column in this issue is about "facility" and moving forward in classical training. What is the perfect body? How much can be done with an imperfect one? This is, if I may be permited to say so, an excelent article that will clarify for parents and young dancers what they're being told by their teachers, and answer many questions ballet lovers have about what a dancer is born with and what can be enhanced through teaching.

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