The minute I saw Joan Sebastian, I knew I was looking at the prime principal dancer material. WOW!!! What a talent. I wasn't even worried about him making it in the competition, piece of cake. It was clear he is going places. Look for him headlining shows any time now.
Gaya from Israel really impressed me with her modern piece, such raw talent and maturity, she'd make an amazing skater too, don't you think? Didn't love her Coppelia as much, not sure why.
Miko is exquisite. I think she is going places, she is so delicate and has the right everything for the job. It was clear from the beginning that her brother Jules wasn't going to make to, clear to everyone but the tiger mom. He'd better get into an Ivy League school or he will be disowned.
I liked Rebecca in modern pieces but less so in classical, I guess I am such a hopeless devotee of the Russian school that anything else just falls short. Le shrug. She was alright but not as amazing as the kids mentioned above.
Michaela, what a story! I really didn't like what I saw in rehearsal but when she performed in the final, she definitely had the spark and the stage presence. I just can't reconcile with the fact that she doesn't possess the body type required by ballet and that her core isn't strong enough to make her look delicate and effortless, yes like the Kirov dancers.
Aran is amazing in rehearsal but gets a little stiff when he performs. Nonetheless, what a talent! He is so graceful, masculine and accomplished at such a young age. Just awesome.
Some dancers they didn't follow but showed briefly: the one from China blew me away.