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NYCB put out a new "face" book as I always call them. It contains new individual color photos (most of them the saw from those used in the dancer section of the web site). It's only $5 and is useful for telling new corps dancers apart.

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The photos (by Paul Kolnik) are great, but the type is too small and too faint. But it's certainly worth the $5. :)

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Hi!

Just wanted to point out two corrections to the roster in the "Face Book". Kipling Houston, of course, has retired from NYCB.

Also, Kurt Froman has departed from NYCB to join the cast of "Movin Out". (Which means that in casting lists now will just read Froman).

Kate

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Another correction: It's Pittsburgh not "Pittsburg." I was struck by the number of dancers who come from Pennsylvania. I gather there is an outstanding school somewhere in the state.

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central pennsylvania youth ballet in carlisle pa...

the staffords, ashley bouder, and many more trained there...

also the pittsburgh youth ballet - thats were faye arthurs is from

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The only problem with the Dancer Book is that these are "artistic" portraits, and the women are made up entirely differently from how they are on stage, and I still can't recognize most of the ones I didn't already know. I think, too, that had the photos included head and shoulders, instead of faces alone, that the dancers would be easier to recognize. The faces would be a little smaller, sure, but the line of the neck to the shoulder shows a more individually distinctive quality. More context, if you will.

If I ran the universe, :) ,everyone would be shown head-and-shoulders in 3/4 profile. Not very interesting, but probably most utilitarian.

I must remark, though, on how beautiful and radiant Darci looks. That picture alone is worth the fin.

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One of these days, I'm going to get that book and calculate the average and median number of years' experience of the corps de ballet, and compare it with, say 10 or 20 years ago. Except it would be too depressing.

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Delia, Nina Fedorova, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Debra Austin, Cheryl Ware, Rene Estopinal.

Oh, I'm getting all verklempt.....

In those days women stayed in the company for more than a cup of coffee. Now I have to ask myself why I should bother learning who the corps dancers are, because in a couple of years most of them will be gone?

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Why? To keep up with the intermission chat. :rolleyes:

I find myself asking, "Which one was she?" but since no one has idiosyncratic qualities (I draw the "I miss" line at Margie S.), I'm still lost.

:confused: :confused: :confused:

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Just ask Michael. He knows who they all are even before they're apprentices. I wish I were cool enough to come out of a performance raving about dancers in the back row of the corps whose names aren't even printed in the program yet! The morning after I'm lucky if I can remember who danced the leads.

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I hope to live down that alleged accomplishment along with several others, as along with everyone else I confess to having no idea at the moment who most of these kids are. I tell you what, though, I would think some of those dancers would consider taking corrective action against the photographer -- Those are some of the most unflattering photographs I've ever seen.

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Is it me, or does it seem all of the women have a pinkish-red streak running across their eyebrows?

And who'd have thunk it, Rachel Rutherford seems to have a nose stud! Unless that was poor alterations :D

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That's a tattoo? Thanks. I thought it was the effect of a printing error. Now I know the error wasn't the printer's.

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It is a tattoo of a tear. Like the John Waters movie "Cry Baby" with Johnny Depp. Cracked my daughter and her friends up when they met him.

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Many of the principals have new photos in Playbill this month -- are these the same as in the "face book"?

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If you look online at the photos with their bios.

Those are the same pics in the photobook.

I haven't seen the new playbills.

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I haven't seen the February Playbill yet, but as of the end of January, the photos of Borree, Fayette, Marcovici, Milllepied, and Somogyi are the same as those in the face book. Photos of the other principals are, without exception, better in the face book, so I hope they will replace those in the Playbill, if they haven't already.

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Now I have seen the February Playbill and, yes, almost all the photos are from the face book. The only ones which aren't are those of Hubbe, Kowroski, Martins, and Neal.

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