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July 19, 2013


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Hi Haglund,

I've never been to Saratoga Springs, although always wanted to go. I'm wondering: How easy is it to get there if you don't have a car? You can take a train or the bus, right? Is the trip relatively straightforward? It sounds like a nice venue for dance, and I'm hoping to finally get one of these days—although I hope it’s not 95 degrees in the shade!


If you're traveling from NYC, you can take Amtrak or a bus. 3 3/4 hours by train; longer by bus. It's not a great schedule, especially for going up and coming back on the same day. Taxi service from the train/bus station is available, friendly, and not too expensive. Yeah, going up there during this heatwave was a little crazy.

Yes, I would be coming from NYC. I'll try to get to Saratoga Springs next year--finally. Too bad that NYCB has cut down on the number of performances there.

It sounds beautiful, Haglund. I'd never even heard of Jillian Vanstone. Maybe next year, if they come again.

Jillian was still a soloist in 2010 when she was hand-picked by Christopher Wheeldon to dance Alice (first cast) in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She was promoted to Principal since then. You see her dance on and off in this video starting at 0.10: http://youtu.be/ewiCwOMY_po
and interview: http://youtu.be/1VwdRaGEVBI
There's this air of "freshness" about her, maybe it's just me...

Hi LBJ. Thanks for the link.

I saw in Jillian some similarities to Karen Kain. It's interesting to note that while Wheeldon chose Jillian as his first Alice at NBofC, Glen Tetley chose Karen Kain as his first Alice when he made his acclaimed production back in the '80s. :)

I agree with you that there is a freshness about her that is very appealing.

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