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July 08, 2020


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It makes no financial sense that some companies have opted not to use the funds for payroll when that's what makes the loan forgivable.

The PPP loans can be used for a number of expenses but, yes, their #1 reason for existing is to cover payrolls. It's complicated, though, as it always is.

New Streaming Information:

Stuttgart Ballet Star Friedemann Vogel Documentary:

Until July 11, watch this documentary about Stuttgart's fabulous Friedemann Vogel. In German, but lots of rehearsal and performance footage. Includes a solo created for Friedemann by the National Ballet of Canada's Guillaume Coté. Also great shots of Stuttgart's Opera House.


New York City Center:

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us
New episode every Tue Jul 14 – Aug 25 at 12pm - Tap genius Ayodele Casel and frequent collaborator Torya Beard bring you a mesmerizing mix of rhythm and movement with their tap dream team in Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us. Conceived, curated, and co-directed by Casel and Beard, this City Center-commissioned virtual series features seven different video performances of solos and duets, created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group of artists. Catch each week's video premiere every Tuesday at noon starting July 14 on our social media channels and website.

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas/NY City Center:

Jul 16 & 30 and Sep 16, 23 & 30
. All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing
. Friends of City Center receive extended access. Watch stellar ballerinas Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns,and Tiler Peck each work with another dance legend on performance excerpts from the time-honored to the untried in this virtual five-part Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas — curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Mark your calendar to tune in to City Center's YouTube channel on:
Thu Jul 16 at 3pm | Tiler Peck with Merrill Ashley
Thu Jul 30 at 12pm |Sara Mearns with Nina Ananiashvili
Wed Sep 16 at 5pm | Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland
Wed Sep 23 at 5pm | Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz
Wed Sep 30 at 5pm | Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri

Additional streaming of 12 assorted programs and companies are listed under Haglund's July 1 post.

Thanks much, CAH!

School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop:

After postponing the presentation last month, SAB will share their Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration. Watch the premiere tonight, July 9, at 7:00 pm ET on sab.org, YouTube, and Facebook.

The celebration will include commentary and introductions by SAB’s Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford and Chairman of Faculty Kay Mazzo, distinguished alumni Justin Peck and Maria Kowroski, and SAB’s senior faculty member Suki Schorer. You will also get to hear from esteemed alumni Sara Mearns, Misa Kuranaga, Aesha Ash, and Tiler Peck, who each share their personal recollections of their own Workshop Performances.

This special event will also include the public announcement of the 2020 Mae L. Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise, a distinction awarded to three senior students who show significant potential for high professional achievement.

Last night’s initial streaming of the SAB Workshop Celebration was grand...and continues through July 13. Anyone else notice that LaJeromeny (LJ) Brown was in every ballet except Circus Polka?! I really enjoyed him & Savannah Durham in Agon pdd.

I totally enjoyed it, too. Mira Nadon, Savannah Durham, Uma Deming, LaJeromeny Brown, and Davide Riccardo all looked fabulous as the big fish in the small pond. I don't see how corps work at NYCB is going to help any of these artists grow. All of them are superb individual dancers, but all of them require soloist/principal PdD experience. Ditto for Kikta, Clark, LaFreniere, Hod, Maxwell to name a few of the many talented corps women.

Just want to add that I really don't care for the NYCB website makeover. Very cliched, very uninteresting, mostly focused on musculature and artless posing.

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