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Julie Kent to take maternity leave, will miss 2009-10 seasons


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A press release (congratulations to Kent and Barbee!):

PRINCIPAL DANCER JULIE KENT TO TAKE MATERNITY LEAVE

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Julie Kent will take maternity leave effective immediately, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Miss Kent and her husband, ABT Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee, expect their second child in June of this year.

Kent is expected to return to the Company for the 2009-2010 season.

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Okay, for the Spring season Julie's roles were:

Mozartiana: this could be a lovely Stella Abrera role if she is fully recovered from her serious injury last season. If not - maybe Diana Vishneva could add it to her repertoire?

Swan Lake: suggested replacement - Veronica Part who has already danced it with David Hallberg

Giselle: I think the Gomes/Ananiashvili pairing could be exciting in "Giselle" and it would be nice to have Marcelo's Albrecht with someone other than Paloma Herrera. Plus one more chance to say goodbye to Nina.

Romeo and Juliet: Sarah Lane perhaps? Would look genuinely fourteen or fifteen and might pair charmingly with Corey Stearns as her Romeo. Maybe Osipova has a suppressed longing to do the MacMillan Juliet?

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