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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    I just saw Romeo & Juliet at Boston Ballet last Sunday. Ioana loved it so much the night before she came with me to see the 2nd cast. I should go to Boston Ballet more often...
    I think I might have gotten the better cast on Saturday. I wasn't a big fan of Misa Kuranaga before, but she was brilliant in this -excellent acting abilty without being over the top. Excellent chemistry with Romeo, as well. First time I saw a Boston Ballet production get a standing ovation. And very well deserved!
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    So, did anyone end up seeing the Sleeping Beauty yesterday? My shrewd husband literally kicked me out of the house in the morning, saying I'd regret it if I sleep through and blame him for it. So I made it to 42nd Street--the theater was pretty full (I thought I'd be the only one there). It was a nice experience, eveyone was so supportive of Hallberg Zakharova's 1st Act was a bit of an abberation, she looked like a mommy to those young princes (not that she's old, but she was just way too mature for them and quite dismissive of their attentions). However, I really enjoyed her in the second act, especially the end because her lines are so gorgeous and pure! I was nervous for Hallberg (could feel the hate and jealousy coming from the Russian supporting cast), but he was so super princely (eat that haters!) Only the last variation was somewhat botched, but the conductor sort of rushed through it. Other highlights were the yellow (music) fairy--she's so tiny, so neat; the bluebird couple and the redridinghood couple, very cute. The lilac fairy was a bit subdued, but I did not mind her mild, "therapeutical" approach. The green fairy has very short arms, weird body proportions. Carabos looked like a decadent Kabuki actor, I recall him being more grey and ominous when I was little. The costumes were super elaborate--I think they were trying to go after Louis XIV in the first act and maybe late Louis XVI in the second, but it did not always work, bc they kept switching back to Louis XIV--I guess it must be those heavy baroque columns that framed the entire performance! I don't know how I feel about the "Versace" floor designs: at the first look, when the stage was empty, they were really neat, but then they seemed like too much and clashed with the dancers' when they showed a view from above.

    Thoughts? (if I am in the wrong thread, pls re-direct me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganaLefay View Post
    So, did anyone end up seeing the Sleeping Beauty yesterday?

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    I did

    We had a full house over here. I was very surprised, as there weren't too many people for La Esmeralda.
    It was ab-freakin-worth the outing, but I had my reservations.
    Thought the Prologue was really meh. I can't remember any of the fairies, except for the red one, but that's kind of expectable when you have Maria Alexandrova playing it. One can tell a prima from miles away...
    I too thought Zakharova was a bit too mature on the Rose Adagio, but she looked quite youthful for the rest of the 1st act (and, if I were her, I'd run off with prince #4 )

    2nd act was OK. Thought Hallberg was a little out of place. His non-Russian port de bras really stuck out, not in a good way. Don't get me wrong, he's really good and his lower body lines are beyond gorgeous, but he has a way to go before he fits in the Bolshoi. Of course, it's easy to pick on him when Zakharova is around It will be very interesting to see how he develops with the Bolshoi (it's strange to say "develop" for a principal dancer, but there you go).

    Third act was perfect. The pas de deux was to-die-for . The Bluebird couple was a highlight for me too.

    Thought the (new) stage was a highlight too. Really big, with really detailed backgrounds, which required less props. I think this why I really didn't mind the decorated floor, but it would look awful on a smaller stage.

    I thought Carabousse stole the show

    And what's with Grigorovich's love of wigs?? Between La Esmeralda and Sleeping Beauty, I don't think I saw the real hair if any female dancer...

    Sorry this is long and uncohesive, but try to write a review at work with your boss around you
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    I'm taking my kids to NewYork jan 4-7th- they both dance ballet-In Toronto, there are periodically master classes. Is there such a thing in New York? I checked the ABT and they don't offer ones. Does anyone know of any?

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    I'm clueless about classes at ABT, but you might find something here that suits the bill:
    http://www.stepsnyc.com/

    You might run into some of the ABT or NYCB dancers if you visit; many of them take daily class here; and both companies are in town right now.
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    If anyone is going to see Ailey this Friday, let me know.

    There's a nice interview with Alicia Graf in this week's TimeOut NY:
    http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-cult...icia-graf-mack

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    Not NYC, but Mikhailovsky Theatre is streaming it's Grand Prix right now (and tomorrow at 10am EST)

    http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/live/
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    Thanks for the link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackiecat View Post
    I'm taking my kids to NewYork jan 4-7th- they both dance ballet-In Toronto, there are periodically master classes. Is there such a thing in New York? I checked the ABT and they don't offer ones. Does anyone know of any?
    Master classes tend to pop up here when a company is performing or touring and they teach a class onstage or in a theater rehearsal room. Or during a summer intensive.

    Joffrey Ballet school used to let children and young dancers come take a class or two for free. I'd call first.

    ABT and NYCB schools were always by audition only. Don't think that has changed. I don't recall them ever doing Master Classes in NYC, but they do sometimes at Kennedy Center in DC when they tour.

    If you look at the link Marge posted for Steps, David Howard was a big NY dance guru in my day. I took class from him for years - he was one of my top 3 faves in NY. Also, Wilhelm Burmann's class was good. He got a lot of NYCB dancers in the class. I went to school with Kathleen Smith at Washington Ballet, and I can vouch for her technique. The rest are too young for my day, but there are a lot of former ABT etc. dancers who teach there. Steps doesn't require an audition as far as I know.

    Depending on what level you are looking for, David Howard also teaches here:
    http://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/f...y_ballet.shtml I can vouch for the technique of Beth Goheen and Liane Plane at this school too. Never took from the rest.

    Both Steps and Bway Dance Center have other kinds of dance if they want to try something besides ballet. Peridance is another: http://www.peridance.com/index.cfm You see a lot of repeat teachers.

    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 think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Fantastic - Thanks!
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    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/dan...t-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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beepbeep View Post
    Lovely review for David Hallberg:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/ar...ty-review.html

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    ABT interviews the Mouse King

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Awesome!
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustPuppyOI View Post
    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.
    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.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    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.

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    Sad week for me: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...Goldweber.html
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53...klute.html.csp
    I've known him since the 8th grade. Such a great guy and a ballet historian.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Rob, I'm so sorry for your loss!

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    How sad. I remember seeing him many times with the Joffrey.

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