Many of us sit in the theater night after night wishing we could see this or that dancer in a new important role that s/he seems on the cusp of being ready to dance. We can already picture the dancer's musicality, the arabesque at an important point in the music, and how the budding artist will either surge through or struggle with the tempi. At NYCB we are often rewarded with seeing early career debuts in major roles. It’s invariably an exciting event, if not always perfectly successful. But the dancer debuts that we must wait for – sometimes wait a dozen years or more – can turn into treasure before our very eyes, treasure that the passing years have made more valuable, more beautiful.