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  1. "What I want from you is fearlessness, and only speed teaches fearlessness."
  2. Today's beautiful thought: "I don't believe in God but ballet is all about reaching for the divine! And the divine is up there! [*allongé 3rd arabesque*] It certainly ain't down here."
  3. Arthur Mitchell at Dance Theatre of Harlem: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-49648768/everyone-said-i-was-crazy-the-black-ballet-pioneers The correction drops at 02mins 05 seconds. a version of "hit my hand!" but kicking it up a notch.
  4. If you're Renato it's "Those... people in Battersea." *shudder*
  5. "If you leave the fish in the boiling water, and then you pull them out, the flesh stays in the soup". OK Renato, what does that have to do with my port de bras? "Has someone written one of those articles? Ballet is for everyone?"
  6. Renato Paroni has stopped leading at Central except for Tuesday 1900-2045 (or really, when he thinks you're cooked) in order to make time for his new job at ENB. I hear on the grapevine it's a bit of a gamble whether he shows up (nothing new for him). Nina has taken over the Thursday night class he did - they used to grade up in difficulty through the week, and her own Central class on Friday is distinctly tougher. She also leads on Sunday at Danceworks, first a floor barre class and then a Balanchine class comparable with Friday but usually faster. Nandita Shandarkass, who I occasionally saw both as a student of Renato's and a substitute teacher, took on the Wednesday. Central also has David Kierce's classes, which are quite strictly graded according to a scheme of his own devising, Hannah Frost's beginner on Friday, a pointe class and a few others I know nothing about. Desirée Ballantyne took over RP's Sunday class. I keep trying to work up the courage to try that men's skills class of a Saturday.
  7. I have, again, cricked my neck spotting turns. We were doing piqué turns from the corner last night. Does anyone else do this to themselves
  8. The Place's intensives have just dropped: https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/seasons/summer-dance-courses-adults-2019 Both weeks look interesting but the second is pure cask strength Richard Alston...
  9. The announcement has dropped and he is (a) Ballet Master of the ENB: https://www.ballet.org.uk/people/renato-paroni-de-castro/
  10. I can report Renato Paroni has finally done it and led the last Thursday class before starting his new gig. I think I managed to take all the various last classes, but this was apparently the one. He will still be leading Tuesday nights at Central School.
  11. 100th anniversary special Now That's What I Call A Correction from Merce Cunningham. Trust the contemporary world to stand the whole concept on his head: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/apr/15/merce-cunningham-dance-centenary-pupils-recall-teacher
  12. "The capacity to endure is very similar to happiness."
  13. "Are there any Brazilians here? No? I want you to think of the lady of the house and her maid. *Shrieks in a hoarse, high pitched voice* ISAAAUURA!! ...a beat.... ..another... ...[as the maid, with an extreme, overdone accent, taking as long as possible, and sounding completely pissed off] senhora? It's class consciousness...better than Marx." the point was about rocketing up to passé and delaying on the way back down. he kept yelling "ISAUUURA!!!.....Senhora?" through the next barre exercise.
  14. First is infancy. Fifth is adolescence. Centre is adulthood. Jumps are second childhood. After class is death.
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