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Archive for October, 2011

Countdown to Juliet

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

With only two and a half weeks to go before the big premiere, there is still lots of choreography left to learn. I think we have all come to the conclusion that the ballet won’t be finished until just before the curtain goes up! So far, there is an abundance of incredibly demanding choreography and I anticipate there will be much more before it’s all done. But for now, it’s time to check up on my costumes. I have four or five different dresses that I wear throughout the ballet and they all must fit me like a glove. This often requires numerous fittings so it’s important to get started early.

Back to Juliet

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Fresh from a great 3 weeks tour out west, I’m back to work rehearsing our new Romeo and Juliet. Alexei Ratmansky returns to finish the ballet and after creating for 5 weeks this summer, there is still quite a bit to do. Having danced Cranko’s Juliet for so many years, I am anxious to see what this new production will be like in the end. I hope it is just as moving and rewarding to dance… Time will tell!

Touring the West

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

For the past three weeks, I have been on tour with the National Ballet. We hit Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Winnipeg and lucky for me, it was another opportunity to dance my favorite piece; Other Dances. After celebrating my 20th anniversary with this work last June, it was such a gift to get to do it again. On a personal note, this was my first tour with my son in tow. So, as challenging as it was to be on the road perfoming and entertaining a toddler, it was also a lot of fun for me, my husband and the entire company!