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 Post subject: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:17 am 
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What do you all think about child prodigys in dance?
Is it right for a student to be pushed at a very young age to be a star?
One thing that I have noticed is that not as many dancers are principals with companies when they are very young.I remember reading Off Balance The Real World Of Ballet which was written in the 1980's.In it says that at ABT and NYCB they were putting 15 and 16 year olds into companies and giving them lead roles.I think Paloma Herra was about that age when she joined ABT but she is the most recent example that I can think of.Do you know of any other recent ballet prodigys?
Veronia Tennant was 18 as a principal, Karen Kain 19.The youngest principals at NBOC now are now about 23/24 years old(Cote and Xiao Nan Yu).

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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:14 pm 
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Joining a ballet company at the age of 15 is not exactly a child prodigy. It's just being a couple years ahead of the curve.

Being able to do 32 fouettes en pointe at the age of six --- now THAT might qualify. But professions, dance included, have little use for prodigies. What they need is talented, seasoned professionals. Child prodigies, if trained well, can turn into such sought-after professionals.

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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:27 am 
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Katherine Healy at age 15 with London Festival Ballet and Trinidad Sevillano at the same age with the same company. Jennifer Gelfand at age 19 with the Boston Ballet.


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:53 am 
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Deirdre Carberry with a medal at age 13, Gelsey Kirkland at about age 16, Darci Kistler.


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:03 pm 
Whatever happened to Joyce Cuoco? We gotta lotta prodigies at the local top tier venue...


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 7:07 pm 
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Joyce Cuoco was truly a child prodigy. I've never seen anyone, of any age, do the things she could do, and she was doing them at 12.

But I don't know where she is now.


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:02 pm 
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Do you remember Joyce on the Ed Sullivan show.? I went straight to the studio and started to work on my fouettes. Gelsey was another one from that time.

Gillian Murphy was a medalist at I think 16 and now is Principal with ABT. I saw her as a Junior in the Jackson competition and just knew she was a star. Joanna Berman (SFB) was another. That child had famous written on her forehead.


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:03 pm 
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Are you folks talking about the Joyce Cuoco who appeared on Ed Sullivan and then went on to the Bavarian State Opera Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet?


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:20 pm 
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Yes Azlan, and I for one was one happy dancer when she went to Europe. She was unreal!


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 8:37 pm 
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Child prodigies are amazing and important. Take Rolondo Serabia from Cuba he could do double tours at age 2 1/2. And if you would have seen him when he was 14 doing Don Q. you would have just quit dancer. His little partner at age 15 was awesome too. These kind of people set new standards for people to live up to and raises the bar of excellence in the ballet world. Its to bad that someone cant do that with teaching,choreography or directing to that kind of level to affect the world the way these dancers do when they hit the scene.


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 Post subject: Re: Child Prodigies
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 9:51 am 
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Someone did double tours at age 2 1/2 ?

Wow!


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