Why, Eugene, I am flattered! You know what they say about imitation.
Kirov Sleeping Beauty (A-#1 balletic experience of the 98/99 season for me, by a mile! The opening night was probably the happiest ballet-going experience of my life. Everything came together to form four hours of total magic.)
Nina's Kitri with ABT (she really won me over this year; sleeker physique & a tad less reliance on facial expressions than in the past; truly a prima ballerina in my book)
NYCB's Swan Lake, full of beautiful pure dance. Miranda Weese was gorgeous as Odette/odile and in everything else I saw her dance in winter & spring
NYCB's Alexandra Ansanelli & Maria Kowroski in everything I saw THEM dance.
ABT's Ethan Stiefel, better than ever this year & NYCB's Damien Woetzel, as good as ever
General excellence of ABT's corps de ballet.
The progress of the Kirov Academy's recent graduate female "star pupils"--ABT's Michele Wiles & San Francisco Ballet's Vanessa Zahorian. Even more promising is the current "star pupil" at that academy, Adrienne Canterna. (Watch out, world!!)
Kirov's Irma Nioradze's Symphony in C/1st movement and Giselle/Act I (Act II was wonderful)
General sloppiness of the NYCB corps de ballet
I didn't see Anastasia Volochkova this season but Eugene's comments (as well as those of the London critics & fans) come as no surprise to me. I kept wondering when the average ballet-going public would figure her out. Shame 'cause she has a beautiful instrument & was full of potential a few years back. Maybe she'll think long & hard and lighten-up her style & "attack." - Jeannie