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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meeting the dancers

I always try to arrange some meetings with dancers on my Tours en l'air trips. On my just-finished Paris-Amsterdam trip we were very privileged to meet Canadian Dutch National Ballet dancers Erica Horwood and James Stout, and to have dinner with another Canadian in DNB, Martin ten Kortenaar. It was a thrill when Dutch prima ballerina Igone de Jongh popped in to say hello!
Martin ten Kortenaar and me:
he is very tall!

Igone de Jongh meets a Canadian fan

Erica Horwood and James Stout after class

In Dresden we watched class and spent a fascinating few hours watching as the Dresden Semperoper Ballett rehearsed Alexei Ratmansky's Tanzsuite  for their tour to the Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg a few days later, under the watchful eye of artistic director Aaron Watkin and ballet master Raphael Coumes-Marquet. Another rehearsal saw ballet master Gamal Gouda going over the Sleeping Beauty grand pas de deux that we had just seen Jon Vallejo and Anna Merkulova perform a couple of days earlier. Some of us got to chat with Aaron Watkin, Istvan Simon, Courtney Richardson, and others in the hallway! 

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