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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rome, Italy
July 4, 2011
2:45AM
 
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23, 2010
3:12 AM
The Nutcracker kicked in to gear the last weekend of September with auditions at THEARC and then in NW. A huge number of dancers auditioned and the year a record number 425 dancers are performing in Nutz over multiple casts. Thank heavens for Donna Glover and her army! We expanded the run to five weeks- Thanksgiving week at THE ARC and then four weeks at The Warner. As I type this (with my thumb on my phone!) we've of five more shows left. I've given the dancers the green light to do a "Nutty Nutcracker" on the last show. I'll miss that performance dammit-I'll be in Texas visiting my family and we'll all likely be swimming in mojitos by then. I just hope the dancers keep it clean. :-) 
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Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010
1:01 AM
It's great to welcome the amazing Monique Meunier (former Principal Dancer at NYCB and Soloist at ABT) as our new Ballet Mistress and Carlos Valcarcel (beloved faculty member with TWSB) as our Ballet Master of TWB's new Trainee Program. David Palmer and I welcome the help! 
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12, 2010
11:11 PM
Back-to-work! Preparing Romeo + Juliet (fabulous roles for so many!) and welcoming Christopher Bruce who set his riveting Rooster on the company set to the music of the Rolling Stones which premieres in February. 
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

September 7, 2010
1:23 AM
Today we performed excerpts of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs for Mrs. Obama at the White House. What an amazing experience! We spent the day there and about 15 of our students took dance workshops and then watched the show. It honored retiring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Judith Jamison and was directed by Damien Woetzel. Morgann Frederick and Jonathan Jordan knocked it out of the ball park. Our students from THEARC so impressed the White House staff they've invited back to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller as a surprise for the First Lady on Halloween and to tour the White House to see the holiday decorations! And pictures below. 
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Sunday, August 01, 2010

August 1, 2010.
12:31AM
Amazing summer travels judging international ballet competitions and visiting ballet folks all over the place. The itinerary included Amsterdam (dined with the stunning bride-to-be Michele Jimenez); Greece for yoga, beach, reading, and the thump-thump-thump of the techno beat on Super Paradise Beach; judging a competition in Istanbul with buddies Malakov, Bocca, et al; judging in Cape Town with Dirk and the gang just after the World Cup (Shakira's pop anthem was ubiquitous); judging at the grand daddy if them all in Varna, Bulgaria where I ate three shopska salads a day. It's nice to be home! 
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Once again, I’m enjoying a cold Mexican beer as I relive another wonderful ballet event. 
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

After a year-long search and interviews with many qualified candidates, I’m thrilled to announce that Monique Meunier will join TWB as Ballet Master on August 23, 2010. 
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Genius3 closed yesterday with a bang. As I write this, it still feels like I’m swimming in a bowl of mojitos… 
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Preparing three contemporary works as different as the individuals who created them is a daunting task. Our upcoming Bolero(+) production features Nicolo Fonte's Bolero, Edwaard Liang's Wunderland and a world premiere by Karole Armitage. Karole started working on her piece right after New Years, and held her rehearsals opposite Gatsby rehearsals. 
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