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So I ran a search tonight, and found Miko Fogarty's official blog with an entry dated 07 April 2015:

I am so happy to finally announce that I will be joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet next season as an artist! Can't wait for my new life in the UK!

Congratulations to Ms Fogarty! ("artist" = corps position at BRB)

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Is Aran Bell (the young American lad living in Italy with his military family, in the film), still with the ABT studio company? The ABT.org site seems to have removed the names & bios of Studio Co dancers. Bell is not among the main company's Apprentices, as I thought he might be by now. Bell had been with the ABT Studio Co this past spring 2015.

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Is Aran Bell (the young American lad living in Italy with his military family, in the film), still with the ABT studio company? The ABT.org site seems to have removed the names & bios of Studio Co dancers. Bell is not among the main company's Apprentices, as I thought he might be by now. Bell had been with the ABT Studio Co this past spring 2015.

Company rosters haven't been updated on the ABT website. Check back in a few days to see the new company members. The only new members listed so far are the apprentices who were promoted to corps in June.

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Is Aran Bell (the young American lad living in Italy with his military family, in the film), still with the ABT studio company? The ABT.org site seems to have removed the names & bios of Studio Co dancers. Bell is not among the main company's Apprentices, as I thought he might be by now. Bell had been with the ABT Studio Co this past spring 2015.

Aran Bell is included in this new article in On Pointe (August-September). He seems to be living in the NYC area, with private coaching from Fabrice Herrault. No mention of a current ABT affiliation:

http://pointemagazine.com/issues/augustseptember-2014/get-serious

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That article is from the August/September 2014 issue shortly before he joined ABT's studio company.

Oops - so sorry for the mistake -- so his current whereabouts are still a mystery, I guess.

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Oops - so sorry for the mistake -- so his current whereabouts are still a mystery, I guess.

In his Facebook, he states " works at ABT Studio Co".

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Juliet Doherty, who was Miko Fogerty's BFF in "First Position," competed at YAGP and IBC Varna, studied at San Francisco Ballet School and left a trainee position to join the cast of Little Dancer, has performed on stage and in several movies, including "Free Dance" and "On Pointe," both released in 2018, and "The Accompanist," which is scheduled for a 2019 release (according to IMDb), spoke to Michael Breeden and Rebecca King Ferraro at "Conversations on Dance"'s sponsor Yumiko in this live podcast episode:

https://conversationsondancepod.com/2018/12/11/119-juliet-doherty-live-from-yumikos-new-york-flagship-boutique/

 

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Such a pity that Juliet didn't joint a company.  I would l have loved to see her build a ballet career. 

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I think this happens quite a bit. They are wunderkinds and seem like shooting stars and then end up going nowhere. It's like college football players who win the Heisman and then they get to the NFL and are a bust. Sometimes crazy extensions and 9-revolution pirouettes just do not translate to company life or artistry.

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Yeah. . . . I think that they just don't want to dance. They want something else. 

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Not that it's necessarily related, but isn't she from the same (training) group that Giselle Bethea is from? SO gorgeous line and potential (and competitive accolades) but not necessarily longevity. I see that there's a new crop that are getting some attention (Madison Penney and Tia Wenkman). Are they "doomed" to the same fate?

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On 1/11/2019 at 8:19 AM, howpureisivory said:

Not that it's necessarily related, but isn't she from the same (training) group that Giselle Bethea is from? SO gorgeous line and potential (and competitive accolades) but not necessarily longevity. I see that there's a new crop that are getting some attention (Madison Penney and Tia Wenkman). Are they "doomed" to the same fate?

I don't think so necessarily. If you listen to the interview with Juliet it is pretty clear that she wants to do more than be in a company.  Gisele got married and maybe nyc wasn't the right location for her and her husband.  They aren't in typical company situations for very different reasons.  

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Doherty sounds like she's having a fine, creative life full of opportunities earned and offered and the flexibility to take them.

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On 1/11/2019 at 10:19 AM, howpureisivory said:

Not that it's necessarily related, but isn't she from the same (training) group that Giselle Bethea is from? SO gorgeous line and potential (and competitive accolades) but not necessarily longevity. I see that there's a new crop that are getting some attention (Madison Penney and Tia Wenkman). Are they "doomed" to the same fate?

I think that you have to want to dance more than you want attention.  And you have to be able to tolerate the rigors of company life as a lowly corps member. You have to be able to deal with being passed over, told to lose weight, being injured,  dancing better than everyone in your cohort and still be looked over.  The competition ballet dancer or studio star has a different training experience than the kid in a large pre pro or company school that does not do competitions.  There are certain liabilities to the co school but there are as well for competition stars. 

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3 minutes ago, balletforme said:

I think that you have to want to dance more than you want attention.  And you have to be able to tolerate the rigors of company life as a lowly corps member. You have to be able to deal with being passed over, told to lose weight, being injured,  dancing better than everyone in your cohort and still be looked over.  The competition ballet dancer or studio star has a different training experience than the kid in a large pre pro or company school that does not do competitions.  There are certain liabilities to the co school but there are as well for competition stars. 

I'm reminded of a quote from Balanchine: (paraphrasing) I'm not looking for people who want to dance. I'm looking for people who have to dance.

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