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December 21, 2015


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The Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Nutcracker was very enjoyable. So many of the dancers from their school have stage presence, poise and refined technique.

I will follow whatever Gelsey Kirkland does. She was, and continues to be, my absolute ballet idol. I've always thought she was the greatest ballerina of all time.

I managed to catch the matinee of NYCB yesterday. Ashly Isaacs made a few blips in supported pirouettes in the grand pas de deux and coda. It seemed like she might have hurt her ankle because it did not look stable toward the end! Ashley Hod was radiant as Dewdrop.

Has anyone heard that Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette broke up? On her podcast on Balancing Pointe, she said she is no longer married. How sad.

As the world turns, Rose.

Thanks for this fabulous review, Haglund! These performances sound wonderful. Stella and Amar would be a dream couple to see dance together. She is a favorite of mine, and Amar is amazing. I just saw him for the first time in October when Daniel Ulbricht brought a group of very fine NYCB dancers to Kansas City. Amar's partnering of the tall and lovely Teresa Reichlen was astounding! His dancing was so beautiful, and like his partnering, it appeared fluid and effortless. I could digress easily because that evening's program and all its dancers still leaves me excited to relive the dancing over and over. However, the thought of Stella Abrera dancing with Amar Ramasar is a beautiful dream!

Hello Haglund,
Here's a nice story about Stella:

Merry Christmas,

Thanks, wiwaxia, for the link, and Happy New Year to you! The article includes some great things about Stella, but it is a shame that it is yet another example of the media only being able to illuminate this artist's rise and honest accomplishments by linking them to the hollowness and purchased celebrity of Copeland.

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