Pas de bourree on over to the Ballet Bag to check out Linda's March 29 article on Frederick Ashton which illuminates – by detail and by video of Scene 1 of La Fille Mal Gardee – the "Fred Step. " It's a very thorough article and delightful reading. It even quotes Alastair Macaulay on Ashton.
But what a coincidence!
This afternoon (March 30) Alastair Macaulay decided to write about the "Fred Step" in his ArtsBeat blog at The New York Times as though he had just thought of it out of the blue. He followed the same type of detail in explaining the step as did the Ballet Bag and then described his favorite instance of the use of the step as being in Scene 1 of La Fille Mal Gardee - the exact scene that Bag Lady Linda had inserted video for in her article to illustrate the Fred Step!
It's not the first time that a New York Times dance critic has experienced unexpected synchronicity with a ballet blogger or forum.