Roster for Round I, Session 3 (Monday, 6/19/06, 2:00 p.m.):
Jun Tanabe (Japan) -- Junior, Rock School (Coaches: Bojan and Stephanie Spassov); Paquita variation; Flames of Paris variation
Francesca Dugarte and noncompeting partner Nicolai Olyunin (Venezuela) -- Junior, Academia de Ballet Classico, Caracas (no coach listed); Flames of Paris pas de deux (complete)
Jonathan Chmelensky (France) -- Junior, Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Paris (Coach: Antonio Alvarado); Flames of Paris variation; Paquita variation
Kiri Chapman (USA) -- Junior, Tulsa (Coach Ludmila Markovina); Paquita variation; Flames of Paris variation
Jeffrey Cirio (USA) -- Junior, CPYB and Boston Ballet School (Coaches: Magaly Suarez and Rolando Sarabia); Flames of Paris variation; Paquita variation
Alexandr Buber and noncompeting partner Miki Watanabe (Belarus) -- Senior, National Academic Bolshoi Theatre (no coach listed); Flower Festival of Genzano pas de deux (complete)
Olaf Kollmannsperger (Spain) -- Senior, Royal Swedish (Coach: Johannes Ohman); Don Quixote variation; Giselle, Act II variation
Jurgita Dronina (Lithuania) -- Senior, Royal Swedish (Coach: Johannes Ohman); Giselle, Act I variation; Don Quixote pas de deux variation
Diana Catalina Gomez Gonzalez and Andres Felipe Figueroa Leon (Colombia) -- Senior, Ballet Gamonet Maximum Dance (Coach: Luis Serrano); Don Quixote pas de deux (complete)
Edgar Anido and noncompeting partner Hiroko Sakakibara (Cuba) -- Senior, Ballet Gamonet Maximum Dance (Coach: Franklin Gamero); Don Quixote pas de deux (complete)
Highlights of Session 3: Eighteen year old Jun Tanabe, who displayed wonderful elevation, batterie, alignment, ballon and soft landings; Sixteen year old Francesca Dugarte, a product of Nina Novak's school in Caracas, in a performance that was bright, clear, demonstrated near perfect alignment, with a sequence of ten double pirouttes on the diagonal, lovely and light toe hops, fleet footed petit allegro and a strong, polished finish to all her movements; the fearless fifteen year old Jeffrey Cirio who charmed the audience with his abundant energy, great elevation, nice landings and excellent use of stage space; and Alexandr Buber with his noncompeting partner Miki Watanabe in a delightfully refreshing performance of the pas de deux from "Flower Festival in Genzano," displaying fine elevation, excellent and musical ballon and a strong and relaxed finish.
In response to a query about French (and Belgian) performers, the sole French representative, Jonathan Chmelensky had mixed success in his "Flames of Paris" variation, suffering by comparison with the stellar performance that immediately preceded his, as well as by the jaw dropping performance by Jeffrey Cirio in the same variation. His most outstanding moment was his display of a very nice cambre back in his "Paquita" variation. My impressions notwithstanding, advancement to the next round is a matter of accumulating seven points in the aggregate, so there is always the possibility of another round with a different programming draw.