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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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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It’s been two and a half weeks since The Great Gatsby, and I’m still exhausted. 
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

TWB: The hardest part of creating The Great Gatsby was...
S. Webre: ...the fact that there was no existing musical score, which serves as a defacto libretto. 
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last night was preview night, and it went so well. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time. It is a testament to our company of artists that they are able to present such a dazzling production despite what has been a very busy last couple of months.  
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3 PM:
It’s intermission during Gatsby dress rehearsal, and I’m relieved that things are going so much better today. Highlights include: 
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