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  1. Although I had moments of "wow" during the evening, this production felt a bit incohesive to me. Here are some more of my thoughts - has anyone else seen Raise the Red Lantern?
  2. So, just as Cunard and ENB are collaborating, so are Celebrity Cruises and ABT. Here's all the information I've put together so far. As I am also a travel agent, I am in contact with the cruise line directly to see if there is more information they will allow me to publish; I will update my article any time I get some new scoop!
  3. I attended the opening last night and think that Harlequinade is precious. The evening flew as I was thoroughly enjoying myself the entire time. If you're interested, here's my review Anyone else attend?
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    ABT's Harlequinade at The Kennedy Center

    You're welcome, @squadron! I look forward ro seeing Mr. Whiteside more in the future, especially in roles driven by character. Based on our opinions together, it sounds like he has a broad range...something I really appreciate in an artist.
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    Considering Retirement from Ballet

    I hadn't really thought about this in a while, but today was inspired to share what retirement was like for me. I am sure that many of you out there are retired professional ballet dancers - what was your process like?
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    Considering Retirement from Ballet

    This is all so wonderful, @Peanut68! Are you training to teach a specific method? It makes me so happy to hear that you and ballet have reunited
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    ABT's Harlequinade at The Kennedy Center

    Well I am envious of your access to the likes of Royal Ballet and ENB! I've yet to see them perform live.
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    ABT's Harlequinade at The Kennedy Center

    You're welcome, @Don Q Fan! I hope to see more of Ratmansky in the future because I really enjoyed what I saw the other night. Question: I find Sleeping Beauty to often be a bit lengthy for my taste (Prologue, Act I, Act II, Act III...!) Does Ratmansky magically make it move along at a quicker pace? If so, I'm in! Thank you for appreciating my review
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    ABT's Harlequinade at The Kennedy Center

    It makes me happy that you enjoy reading them! Thank you
  10. I searched the forum to check if anyone else has seen or commented about Bourne's Cinderella but couldn't find anything. I went to the performance last night at The Kennedy Center, and I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed. I really wanted to love it considering the high praises I have heard from colleagues and reviews of his other productions. If you're interested, here are some of my thoughts about the show. And I would truly appreciate reading the opinion of others, especially from those who enjoyed it.
  11. In case you haven't heard the news yet...
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    PNB's Jonathan Porretta is Retiring

    Actually, for some reason the link in my original post didn't work...it was supposed to be this
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    Considering Ballet Body Image

    As any new year approaches, there tends to be much buzz about losing weight. This inspired me to write about the specific emphasis that is placed on dancers to have just the right body. I hope we can keep this important conversation going.
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    Considering Ballet Body Image

    Thank you, @Peanut68. This is definitely a sensitive issue no matter who may be having the conversation - parent/child, teacher/student, director/dancer - and I believe it is one that needs to be tailored to each individual; because there are deep psychological repercussions, there is no cut and paste way to approach, if it needs to even be approached at all. And I think that's part of the attitude change you reference: Is it really worth saying to a dancer that s/he needs to lose one pound? In my opinion, absolutely not. You mention debating whether to share or not with young dancers - are you a ballet teacher?
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    Considering Substance Abuse by Ballet Dancers

    A colleague of mine, Eugene C Barnes III, has decided to share a part of his journey related to substance abuse caused by pressures in the ballet world. This is a very serious topic and I applaud is courage; perhaps someone out there needs to hear his words to know s/he is not alone.
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    Considering Ballet Body Image

    Thank you so much, @Katia05, for your kind words! Being acknowledged as a positive role model is one of the biggest compliments I could receive - thank you 😊
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    Considering Ballet Body Image

    Ok - thank you!
  18. I had the opportunity to chat with Graham after about 20 years since last seeing him! I had the honor of being cast in several of his pieces while at Hartford Ballet and loved dancing each and every one of them
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    Interview with Graham Lustig

    I wish I could have seen Graham dance, but alas I have only worked with him in his role as choreographer.
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    Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    I didn't see the performance, but I have contributors to The Traveling Ballerina who did. This is their review. Personally, don't think it's my cup of tea.
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    Interview with Graham Lustig

    I danced in Paramour! It is a wonderfully-stylized ballet, isn't it? And Graham's partnering choreography is always super challenging and effective. And...Eva Evdokimova was the principal dancer - what a luxury to share a stage with her.
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    Nutcracker Quiz

    The Nutcracker has been a huge part of half my life, but there are some interesting facts that I only just recently learned. So I decided to put together a quiz that includes questions about the history, music, and plot of the ballet. Hope you find it fun and perhaps educational, too!
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    Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    Oh, thanks for letting me know! Here it is
  24. I realize that this a strong proclamation, but I'm going to go ahead and say it: I have spent over half of my life in some capacity or another (dancer, choreographer, director, audience-member) involved with The Nutcracker and watching this production was like seeing it for the first time; I even surprised myself by how in-awe I was. Here's my review Anyone else with opinions about this production?
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    Ballet West's Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center

    I'm so glad, @Melody! I see you are located in DC - perhaps you can make it to their final performance here tonight?!
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