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  1. Yes but only in the context of the Dance ....eg I don't mind a comment like Hallberg has beautiful feet ...in the Dance World we know what this means. But I thought the Campbell versus Vasiliev thighs was a step too far for me. You might say Vasiliev has powerful thighs which give him a wonderful jump but it is more difficult for him to get the purer line say of Hallberg in the truely classical roles because of his smaller physique.
  2. To be honest I find it a bit disrespectful to keep going on about the size of a dancers thighs on a public site it's "over a coffee " chat to me I think all you have to do is think would you like a public discussion about any part of your body!! Thanks for the Hallberg clips he looks amazing such a good line ....very classical. I think with the regime and demands in ballet today.... with more dancers getting injured inspite of time in the gym etc etc ...dancers careers will start to get shorter.
  3. The last one in April was at The Place.....I'm sure Lucy who was the teacher last time said this one would be at the Place too but best to check with them. The last one was a Bayadere inspired barre then some Bayadere inspired Centre work all as a warm up then we learned the whole of the Shades piece ...it was a brilliant two hours and I prefer the shorter workshops these days!!
  4. I loved your last workshop on La Bayadere and would do this like a shot but unfortunately will be away then ....can thoroughly recommend to others though
  5. My leotards were bought online from USA ....I'm pretty sure was Dance Direct but will check for you.
  6. I've seen Osipova before ( though not last night) in this role and found her convincing then not at all sophisticated! The only two dancers whose shoes have suddenly somehow come to my attention are Osipova and Cojocaru....who does have a bunion I just wondered with dancers who have pronounced bunions whether their shoes would ever make their feet look good!! Not that either of them needs to worry about their feet! I did go to the Romeo and Juliet Insight before the performance though and we were very lucky to have Sambe and O 'Sullivan .....what a lovely pair they are .....and Ross McGibbon who was very amusing! A really enjoyable Insight.
  7. One could also include the City Lits Rep classes.......with Alexander Simpkins .....just four sessions all on a Tuesday evening starting Tuesday July 9th ( so also the 16th, 23rd, 30th ) These are two hours from 6.30 to 8.30pm and are listed as a separate course on the City Lit website from Alex's usual Tuesday evening classes so a separate summer course.
  8. If you are in London the Chelsea Ballet one can be very useful if you have flexible working hours. This is because you just pay by the day for any classes you do.....you don't have to attend every class and there are several to choose from each day. I know for sure there will be a lovely contemporary class every day from 1-2pm if you can get an extended lunch hour break etc. And there will be a great Ballet and Rep class every day from 4-5.30pm if you can get off a bit early etc. You don't even have to do any class every day so it's pretty much what you do you pay for so good for people who can't get the whole week free or more than a couple of days etc. All the classes are in the big studio at the top in Pineapple.
  9. Wishing your son all the very best Harwel and will miss your down to earth posts!
  10. I think Corrales may have been promoted if he hadn't had such a long time out with injury but it will be difficult to promote him this year on such few performances. He was a Principal with ENB so was probably originally heading in that direction.
  11. But for me it is precisely because of lines and aesthetics that I don't like the winged foot look ....it takes away from the beauty of the natural line
  12. I think it depends what you want the membership for. If you want priority booking especially if you are one of those who want to see every cast etc then it could be good for those cheaper seats.....and presumably stalls circle standing would be grabbed up by Friends before public booking. But if you want the membership to be able to gain access to events in the Clore Theatre for example like masterclasses or interviews with dancers or choreographers talking about their works with demos and the like .....then it may not be so good as usually these type of events are taken by higher grades of Friends ( because the Clore is so small) so often sold out already by ordinary Friends booking dates. I used to be a Friend but left a couple of years ago because I was prepared to pay a bit higher for seats ( not Stalls level prices though) and don't go to multiple performances so could always get what I wanted on public booking....or mostly anyway. The things I did want via Friends were continually unavailable so got fed up with paying for the membership. I joined ENB instead and this was fine until this year and now they are going the way of the ROH by introducing a new higher grade of Friends there!! I can still get access to masterclasses though.... in fact yesterday booked the first one at the new venue on City Island which I'm excited about.....but if that should eventually go then I will probably give that membership up too as I never have problem getting tickets on public booking opening.
  13. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "winged feet" but if you mean the foot sort of curves upward slightly from the leg....say in an arabesque ....then I have to say that personally I very much dislike this as I think it takes away from the natural line. I think this has become fashionable in recent years so I suppose it's the old story that if everyone else is doing it then why not etc. Im not sure why it is thought desirable and can look positively horrible when the leg is in attitude!! Just my view. Just hope it goes out of fashion again! I don't know about this hyperextended thing. If you have very straight legs then that sounds good to me....I wish mine were straighter but most people like myself have to work hard at getting that ( normal) extension at the knee. There is a natural curve there so dancers have to work hard to get that lovely line. Some people have what's called "sway back knees" which makes them look naturally straighter without having to work so hard.....but I understand this type of leg does have other weaknesses ....possibly in relation to the hip ....but am no expert. When your teachers are telling you to work for hyperextension are they talking about the actual extension of the leg ( how straight it is extended away from the body) or the height of the leg ....eg: how much higher than 90 degrees you can raise the leg in arabesque for example?
  14. I think as a general rule youth is preferable in this particular ballet but more important I think is the chemistry/ connection between Romeo and Juliet if that's not there the ballet doesn't work so well for me. However there are always one or two older dancers who because they are so spontaneous and in the moment emotionally can get away with dancing this role and being a bit older......a prime example for me is Margot Fonteyn. I think she was in her 50's when I saw her in this but was totally convincing as she looked so innocent on the stage. I believe Ulanova had this quality too though unfortunately never saw this dancer.
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