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16 hours ago, California said:

The only thing I see on the schedule with that kind of attraction is the Bolle retirement on June 20. That seems likely to sell out fast.

I agree.  While there are some performances important to me, it's personal preference, not star power like Bolle or Osipova.

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1 hour ago, California said:

The Choose-3 is supposed to be available today, but it's not on-line, either on the ABT site or the Met ABT ticket site.  Any info on when/where you purchase this?

I just answered my own question. Apparently everything went on-line at noon EST. All the varied subscription option are now on the Met site. You choose section, but not seat. The Bolle retirement is $10 more than the same section for other performances.

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So pleased to see that Jonathan Klein has been cast as The Boy in two performances of Whipped Cream in April, one in Iowa City, the other in Chicago.  I hope this means we may look forward to seeing him in one (or both) of the currently-TBA Whipped Cream performances at the Met in May.  I've found him to be a wonderful and vibrant young dancer, and his presence will help make the spring season that much more exciting for me!

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13 hours ago, laurel said:

So pleased to see that Jonathan Klein has been cast as The Boy in two performances of Whipped Cream in April, one in Iowa City, the other in Chicago.  I hope this means we may look forward to seeing him in one (or both) of the currently-TBA Whipped Cream performances at the Met in May.  I've found him to be a wonderful and vibrant young dancer, and his presence will help make the spring season that much more exciting for me!

I think they're holding those TBA's (or at least one) at the Met for Shayer, who is still out injured. I think Klein was cast on tour because Shayer has still not recovered (Shayer was paired up w/ Trenary in prior W.C.'s).

Per ABT's Instagram, Klein just recovered himself from a shoulder injury, so it's good to see him back. He's another corps dancer who seems to have a lot of potential and needs to be utilized more. 

Also, Luciana Paris is debuting Princess Praline in Iowa and Chicago, replacing Copeland (I have no idea why Copeland was replaced).

 

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1 hour ago, ABT Fan said:

I think they're holding those TBA's (or at least one) at the Met for Shayer, who is still out injured. I think Klein was cast on tour because Shayer has still not recovered (Shayer was paired up w/ Trenary in prior W.C.'s).

Per ABT's Instagram, Klein just recovered himself from a shoulder injury, so it's good to see him back. He's another corps dancer who seems to have a lot of potential and needs to be utilized more. 

Also, Luciana Paris is debuting Princess Praline in Iowa and Chicago, replacing Copeland (I have no idea why Copeland was replaced).

 

I hope Klein gets at least one of the Met dates, since he had to bow out of his Met date last year (if I'm remembering correctly). Somewhat off-topic, but wow, that snippet of the Strauss score sounds ravishing in the piano transcription. I feel like it's been ages since I've seen Luciana Paris in a tutu role, so I'm glad to hear she's getting that opportunity now that she's back from maternity leave.

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I received the latest Met brochure today (that has a newer, nicer format with some really gorgeous photos), and interestingly some of the TBA's are filled in along with other casting changes that aren't on the website. It's always the other way around. Since it seems like all of these changes are debuts, I think it will be less likely they'll change again, but who am I kidding, they probably will!

According to the brochure:

On the Dnieper is now Forster, Seo, Hurlin, Hammoudi and then Stearns, Teuscher, Shevchenko, Whiteside. Very disappointing because I wanted to see Shevchenko along with the first cast (she was originally cast as Natalia, Seo's role, but is now doing Olga). 

Le Corsaire's two Lankendem TBA's now go to Hoven, which will be a debut. Happy I should get to see that. The one Ali TBA on the 15th is still there.

Manon's Lescaut TBA's go to Simkin (with the Lane cast).

Whipped Cream's The Boy TBA's are still there.

And, according to their Instagram's, corps dancers Alexandra Basmagy and Lauren Post are pregnant so they will miss the season along with Murphy.

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On 3/7/2019 at 11:01 AM, ABT Fan said:

 

Also, Luciana Paris is debuting Princess Praline in Iowa and Chicago, replacing Copeland (I have no idea why Copeland was replaced).

 

My guess is Copeland was having a hard time keeping up with the demands of the choreography. 

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18 minutes ago, Fleurfairy said:

My guess is Copeland was having a hard time keeping up with the demands of the choreography. 

Well, Copeland is still scheduled to dance this at the Met, like she did last year.

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The way her knees lock into her hyperextension is insane.  Or maybe it appears that way because her calf muscles are so pronounced?  Just an observation, not a criticism.

Edited by Balletwannabe

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Her hyperextension is quite pronounced. Something interesting the coach said in the comments:

" Misty wears pointe shoes mainly to keep the skin on her feet conditioned, because she doesn’t take company class, or any other classes. "

So, is she taking a solo class with him instead of company class at ABT? Interesting. Well, if it helps her technique then good for her. He also says he's preparing her for SL and Manon. I can't make it to NYC this year, but hopefully some of you guys can check out her SL and report any progress you see.

Back to Whipped Cream, good for Luciana Paris. I'm glad she gets to do a principal role.

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Is she working through an injury? Why is she having so much trouble lifting her legs, particularly her left leg?

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2 hours ago, fondoffouettes said:

Is she working through an injury? Why is she having so much trouble lifting her legs, particularly her left leg?

It is painful to watch her. Her face looks like someone is holding a gun to her head. Something is very, very wrong here. I've never seen a principal dancer with such poor form. 

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13 hours ago, LadyBubbles said:

So, is she taking a solo class with him instead of company class at ABT? Interesting. Well, if it helps her technique then good for her. He also says he's preparing her for SL and Manon. I can't make it to NYC this year, but hopefully some of you guys can check out her SL and report any progress you see.

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It does appear she is going back to basics with him and may be working on revamping her technique. This could explain the apparent strain in lifting her legs in that other video, if she's indeed approaching things in an entirely new way. 

 In this other video, he basically recommends that Copeland embrace her hyperextension, rather try to hide it, in order to perform fouettés. 

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A lot of the ABT dancers judging from their instagrams seem to take private classes or coaching sessions from people outside the company. Skylar Brandt seems to get most of her coaching from Irina Dvorovenko.

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18 minutes ago, canbelto said:

A lot of the ABT dancers judging from their instagrams seem to take private classes or coaching sessions from people outside the company. Skylar Brandt seems to get most of her coaching from Irina Dvorovenko.

I had always assumed that was supplementary, not a substitute for at least fairly regular company class — but I don't know that I had any particular basis for that assumption.

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She just looks so far off her leg, especially on the right; I imagine doing this in class and getting nailed for it. I can't imagine that leaning into the hyperextension is helpful for alignment, or weight transfer, etc. when actually dancing. I am skeptical but whatever--maybe it will help her in some way.

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3 hours ago, nanushka said:

I had always assumed that was supplementary, not a substitute for at least fairly regular company class — but I don't know that I had any particular basis for that assumption.

That is correct. Brandt, Lane, Boylston, and most likely others have sought private coaching, mainly to learn and/or improve on certain roles. Irina Kolpakova can only work so many hours with each dancer, so some dancer see private coaching as the way to go. I commend these dancers for being so proactive and investing in their careers, even though it should be ABT's job to sure that their dancers are as prepared as they can be for a role.

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1 hour ago, angelica said:

Who is the coach?

His name is Eric Conrad.  I think he was mentioned under another topic on this board a few years ago

 

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1 hour ago, ksk04 said:

She just looks so far off her leg, especially on the right; I imagine doing this in class and getting nailed for it. I can't imagine that leaning into the hyperextension is helpful for alignment, or weight transfer, etc. when actually dancing. I am skeptical but whatever--maybe it will help her in some way.

He discusses this topic in detail in many of his videos on his YouTube channel.  He has a whole video dedicated to critisizing Copeland's placement as the reason for her bad turns.  I give her a lot of credit for taking that criticisim and seeking his help instead of just being offended.

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54 minutes ago, lmspear said:

His name is Eric Conrad.  I think he was mentioned under another topic on this board a few years ago

 

Thank you, Imspear. I've never heard of him. Was he associated with a ballet company during a stage career, or has he made alignment the focus of his coaching?

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For those wondering about Gabe Stone Shayer’s prolonged absence and his participation in the 2019 Met season, some good news:

 

 

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