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  1. I watched Forsythe Elements and was disappointed that no complete ballets were shown; here's my review of the program. I'm guessing the rest of the digital season will be similar. What did everyone else think?
  2. I felt the company was a lot stronger in the Ashton works than in Balanchine's, but I suppose that's to be expected? There is definitely some young talent to keep an eye on, though! Here's my review of Program 2.
  3. Yesterday's opening night performance was absolutely stunning! I believe it's time for Compañía Nacional de Danza to shine again in the international spotlight. Here's my review.
  4. You're very welcome, @Sim! It makes me happy that my goal in sharing this story with more people has been successful
  5. Joaquín de Luz is a gem! He has so much artistic talent supported by a strategic mind and a passion for his craft. I had the opportunity to chat with him a bit after a press conference at Teatro Real in Madrid; here's more about what's going on with CND including some interesting facts about his new Giselle!
  6. You're welcome, @Jan McNulty! The moment I finished reading it in El Español I thought, "This journalist's investigations must be shared with an even broader audience!" and feverishly went to work. I found particular interest considering Marta's birth and life in Madrid since that is where I reside. In fact, I've been communicating with Mr. Susanna (the Spanish journalist) and he just told me this morning that it has been confirmed that at the address Calle de Alonso XII, 66 there was in fact a dance studio! I now have this strange urge to go visit it despite never having known its occupants;
  7. I read an article earlier today that El Español published about this and felt that it needs to be told in English; the result is this feature “Ballerina with Alzheimer’s: The Untold Story of Marta Cinta”. Here is my translation into English, if any of you are interested
  8. I had never seen Grand Rapids Ballet, so was glad to have had the opportunity last night. The opening video and closing interview with Darrell Grand Moultrie were such highlights of a packed program. Here's my thoughts
  9. And this is why I love the subjectivity art - I have such a different sentiment and it's great to hear your opinion! I so wanted to love the program, but I just didn't. Here's my thoughts.
  10. If I am reading the sentiment of your comment correctly, the teacher should be "on such a different level"; in this relationship, teachers are the experts passing on knowledge to the students. But this does not explain or give excuse to why the class should feel impossible; one factor of being a good teacher is the ability to convey information in a manner that is age and/or level appropriate.
  11. Again, if the "big names" are actually qualified teachers, then yes it is a great opportunity. Glad to hear, though, that you have been able to stay motivated throughout this all
  12. You're welcome, Kate Your perspective is also one that I've been thinking about, especially in regards to summer programs. Having classes online, albeit not ideal or traditional, does mean that school's can have a much broader reach as the obstacles caused by geography - travel and housing, mostly - are essentially removed. It will be interesting to see if some actually maintain an element of this digital development even when it's safe for all to return to studios. I've wondered the same about performances as well.
  13. Beginner pointe work is a facet that I've been particularly concerned and curious about. It sounds like your teacher is quite caring, and I'm sure you both can't wait to be back in the studio where she can guide you in real time!
  14. For this reason I tend to cringe what I see (even pre-pandemia) announcements of "Master Class with Ms/Mr. Superstar!" It is inevitable that young dancers are celebrity struck and want to feel as close as possible to those they idolize, but I feel that unless said Superstar has the qualifications to teach, the class could prove to be more harmful than beneficial, especially when the class is given via camera. I agree that the Zoom classes provided by a student's regular faculty following the school's established curriculum is the most productive solution in regards to keeping yo
  15. This (unfortunately, in my humble opinion) seems to be the trend. And a ballerina does not a teacher make; they require completely different skillsets. I know from my own experience that I was not a good teacher at all when I was still dancing professionally. It took hours under my belt and training for me to feel - and know - that I was sharing and giving my students everything that they deserve.
  16. Although not currently, I have spent a majority of my life inside a ballet studio as student, performer, teacher, and director. I applaud and admire all those in the industry who have quickly adapted to the challenges faced during the current state of things, and I had a chance to chat with Russian Masters Ballet director Asiya Lukmanova about the advantages and learning curves they have faced while transitioning to what is now the new norm. If anyone is interested, here's my interview with her. 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎?
  17. This program is only available for a few more hours, so if you're interested you'll need to get on it quickly. One of the positive outcomes of the current pandemic is the opportunity to see more regional companies that generally speaking don't have as broad a reach as more globally recognized national ones - here's my thoughts on Ballet Arizona
  18. You're welcome! I'll have to see if there are any videos of Mr. Angelini because if his dancing was as great as his artistic vision/leadership is, then wow!
  19. Last night was the first time I've seen Tulsa Ballet perform, and I was extremely impressed. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend you purchasing a ticket as this program is available for viewing both in person and streaming for a few more weeks. Here are my impressions of Creations Reimagined.
  20. A subscription to Marquee TV (or a free trial period) seems to offer more bang for the buck. Plus, less clutter!
  21. So browsing Marquee TV, I discovered that Gene Kelly choreographed a ballet! Here's a short article I wrote covering a bit about the history and my thoughts about Pas de Dieux. Has anyone else seen this piece?
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