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Notes on Jetés... petit jetés... and awful petit allegro

There is nothing in the world… and I mean nothing… better than a really good, really clean, really technical petit allegro. Yup, it can turn any bad day into a great day… or it can turn a great day into a crappy day depending on what side of the glass window you are standing on…. 996 more words


Swan Lake, You Rock My World.


I wish I could rewind a particular winter night about a dozen years ago at the Kennedy Center. I wish I could find all the people who were sitting in the right section of the orchestra at the opera house there, people who thought they were about to enjoy a memorable performance of… 1,264 more words

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Kiev State Ballet School - Kibyusa Alice Forcos

I spent 4 years studying ballet in Romania and another one in Budapest and then I went to Kiev State Choreographic College, the school where ENB’s Romanian prima ballerina Alina Cojocaru learned how to dance, impress and act on stage. 978 more words

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Dancing in the Company of Giants

Robbins was more immediately successful than Balanchine, but the two together…when I think that we had them both! What a combination! We were incredibly lucky.

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Settling into Your Gifts

The more she dances, the more she wants to dance.

In the intervening decades since I was a young dancer the ballet competition has emerged as part and parcel of the classical ballet landscape.

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All That Glitters: Making Effort Look Effortless

When I was eight I had a Russian ballet teacher who thought nothing of whapping me and my classmates in our tummies in ballet class. The message was clear, if unrefined: flatten the belly. 794 more words


Shut Up and Listen

Some people change the very demeanor of a space simply by stepping into it. Franco De Vita is one of them. So is his colleague and partner in life, Raymond Lukens. 852 more words