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Rob
11-30-2011, 09:01 PM
Fantastic - Thanks!

DustPuppyOI
12-01-2011, 10:14 PM
There is a Alvin Ailey Extension school on W55th and a place called Ballet Academy East on E. 79th or so. Not sure about the open classes there.
I go to BAE at E 93rd and 3rd (http://www.balletacademyeast.com/) for the adult open classes. We've occasionally had kids drop in for the open classes. It would likely be better to call the school if they allow guests in their pre-professional graded program. I've seen through the window that they have former and current NYCB and ABT dancers as teachers on staff or guest teaching. Classes are here: http://www.balletacademyeast.com/dance/ballet/nyc/new-york-ballet-classes/PageId/18/Ballet-Dance-Classes-at-Ballet-Academy-East-NYC-New-York-Ballet-Classes.html

I've taken classes at Steps, Broadway Dance, and Ballet Arts (http://balart.com/) but I prefer BAE for the teacher/student ratio and I have my favourite teachers there. Ballet Arts class size wasn't that bad and it's by NY City Center and Carnegie Hall so convenient in midtown, but I've found the floor rather hard. That said, ABT does use it rather frequently so I'm likely a wimp and/or getting really old. :P

skatesindreams
12-01-2011, 11:37 PM
And it's online!!

Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi, 2011) Zakharova/Hallberg (http://balletoman.com/video/707-sleeping-beauty-zaharova-hallberg.html)

Lovely review for David Hallberg:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/arts/dance/david-hallberg-at-bolshoi-in-sleeping-beauty-review.html

Marge_Simpson
12-03-2011, 06:31 AM
ABT interviews the Mouse King :lol:

http://www.abt.org/contactus/enews/mouseking.asp

IceAlisa
12-03-2011, 06:44 AM
ABT interviews the Mouse King :lol:

http://www.abt.org/contactus/enews/mouseking.asp

Awesome! :lol:
From the NYT article:

With her exceptionally slender, tapering limbs, highly arched feet and more-than-proficient technique, Ms. Zakharova at first looks well teamed with Mr. Hallberg. They are, however, very different stylists. For Ms. Zakharova, classicism seems to be a two-track affair, yoking a supergymnastic lower body to a serene upper body; the two often appear unconnected in both line and phrasing. Whenever one leg zooms up past her ear in a 6 o’clock extension, she carries on graciously above the waist as if it were more polite not to show any awareness of what is happening below tutu-level. Her dancing begins and ends with the music without making any significant internal connection with its dynamics.

Pretty harsh. However, she is not my favorite by any means so whatever. I've always found her dancing rather cold.

Rob
12-04-2011, 02:19 PM
Ballet Arts class size wasn't that bad and it's by NY City Center and Carnegie Hall so convenient in midtown, but I've found the floor rather hard. That said, ABT does use it rather frequently so I'm likely a wimp and/or getting really old. :P

Thanks, that is a new one on me. I am not in NY anymore so speaking of getting really old, in my day, if you weren't at Joffrey, SAB or the old ABT school (or even Harkness going way back!), you went to David Howard (at his own studio), Robert Denvers, Finis Young, Melissa Hayden (at her own studio), Bobby Blankshine, Gabriela Darvash, Maggie Black, or way back when Richard Thomas/Barbara Fallis. Willie B came along a little later.

Marge_Simpson
12-15-2011, 08:53 AM
Is anyone going to see ABT's Nutcracker this weekend? I saw it last year (the day of the massive snowstorm!) and liked it very much. Although I wasn't sure about those bees.
I'm trying to decide which day to go, as Ailey is still in town too, and I'd like to see them again. And I want to avoid seeing a certain short man. :lol:

Rob
12-15-2011, 06:21 PM
Sad week for me: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700206555/Ballet-West-mourns-death-of-ballet-master-Mark-Goldweber.html
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53102079-78/ballet-goldweber-west-sklute.html.csp
I've known him since the 8th grade. Such a great guy and a ballet historian.

skatesindreams
12-15-2011, 06:27 PM
Rob, I'm so sorry for your loss!

emason
12-15-2011, 06:28 PM
How sad. I remember seeing him many times with the Joffrey.

Rob
12-15-2011, 06:42 PM
So scary, he was being treated last winter for pneumonia and he just wasn't getting better. Turned out he had stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

emason
12-17-2011, 04:53 PM
Is anyone going to see ABT's Nutcracker this weekend? I saw it last year (the day of the massive snowstorm!) and liked it very much. Although I wasn't sure about those bees.
I'm trying to decide which day to go, as Ailey is still in town too, and I'd like to see them again. And I want to avoid seeing a certain short man. :lol:

Nobody is holding a gun to your head to make you go to a Cornejo performance.

Seriously, I had considered going to ABT but 1) I haven't found a place in the BAM opera house where I can see decently. My view always seems to be obstructed by the person in front of me. Where do you sit?

2) I'm all BAMmed out. I seem to have been there a lot lately. Thursday night I went to the re-airing of the Bolshoi Sleeping Beauty. It was perfectly acceptable, perfectly pleasant, perfectly B. There was nothing outstanding about it at all; I'm not sure what all the fuss was about even if it was Hallberg's debut as a principal.

SaSherka
12-21-2011, 12:22 AM
The Mikhailovsky Theatre streams throughout the season and now has the new Nacho Duato Sleeping Beauty streaming until (7pm local?) tomorrow.
http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/en/live/ seems to work for the live broadcasts, while
http://www.paraclassics.com/ has the archived stream, but you need to register to access the whole season (from the Mikhailovsky as well as others)

IceAlisa
12-22-2011, 06:54 AM
I know this is a NY ballet thread but I am posting my impressions of the SF Ballet production of the Nutcracker this year. Just went tonight and took Mini Ice who really liked it.

The good: Tiit Helimets was rather excellent as the Nutcracker Prince. Also, made some discoveries among the soloists: Anthony Spaulding stood out as one of the Spanish dancers and WanTing Zhang was particularly good as one of the French dancers. The Chinese and the Russian dances were great. Kimberly Braylock was a terrific Arabian dancer.

There was a ton of snow on stage--it was beautiful. The kids were adorable.

The bad: The other two French dancers, Megan Ehrlich and Kristina Lind were in no teknik. :drama: Such an unpleasant contrast to Miss Zhang. Also, Sofiane Sylve, while a competent enough dancer, was vamping it up like she was doing Odile and not the adult Clara. She was completely upstaged by the excellent Helimets IMO. Maria Kotchetkova was rather unremarkable as the Snow Queen.

The ugly: Elana Altman as the Sugar Plum fairy. This woman is built like an NBA player, especially when she is next to the corps, and has the grace of one too. Very lumbering and heavy, not fairy like at all.

Overall, the impression was good, especially since this was Mini Ice's first outing to ballet and he was into it, especially when the Nutcracker kills the Mouse King. :lol:

Marge_Simpson
12-22-2011, 07:48 AM
I adore SFB. Especially Yuan Yuan Tan and Joan Boada. (he is dreamy :swoon:) They haven't been to NYC for several years now, maybe we will get lucky in 2012.
I saw Anthony Spaulding do "Softly as I Leave You" when he was with Morphoses. I remember him vividly - he was rather mesmerizing - and don't have the slightest recollection of who the ballerina was. :lol: