Roster for Round I, Session 6 (Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.):
Kathryn Tosh (USA) -- Junior, Orlando (Coach: Samantha Dunster); Paquita variation; Flames of Paris variation
Kayo Sasabe (Japan) and noncompeting partner, Jacobs Wilfried -- Junior, Tsukamoto Yoko School (Coaches: Iwao and Yoko Tsukamoto); Coppelia, Act III variation (complete)
Youn Sik Kim (South Korea) -- Junior, National University of the Arts (Coach: Youn Jin Kim); Coppelia, Act III variation; Flames of Paris variation
April Giangeruso (USA) -- Junior, Universal/Dance Conservatory of NY (Coaches: Valentina Kozlova and Margo Sappington); Giselle, Peasant pas de deux; Paquita variation
Elena Kazakova (Russia); -- Junior, Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Coach: Nina Speranskaya); Coppelia, Act III variation; Paquita variation
Ezlimar Dortolina (Venezuela) and noncompeting partner Jose Edwin Gonzales -- Senior, Tulsa (Coach: Ruta Butviliene); Swan Lake, Act III pas de deux (complete)
Seongho Cha (South Korea) -- Senior, Sejong University (Coach: Peter Merz); Swan Lake, Act III pas de deux; Giselle, Act II variation
Zherlin Ndudi (Ukraine) -- Senior, Ballet Academy of Munich (Coach: Alexandre Prokofiev); Swan Lake, Act III variation; Don Quixote pas de deux variation
Lauren Strongin (USA) -- Senior, Sarasota (Coach: Kyoko Takeichi); Giselle, Act I variation; Don Quixote variation
Yosuke Mino (Japan) and noncompeting partner Amanda Green -- Senior, Royal Winnipeg (Coach: Stephane Leonard); Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine and Blue Bird pas de deux (complete)
Misa Kuranaga (Japan) and Daniel Sarabia (Cuba) -- Senior, Boston (Coach: Ivonne Lemus); Swan Lake, Act III pas de deux (complete)
Highlights of Round I, Session 6:
Kayo Sasabe and noncompeting partner Jacobs Wilfried in a most unusually choreographed "Coppelia" Act III pas de deux performed with remarkable control and facility; a pair of very pleasing variations (Giselle, Act I and Don Quixote) from Sarasota's Lauren Strongin, who reminded me at times of Susan Jaffe in her profile, who demonstrated a lovely arabesque penchee, beautifully controlled toe hops on the diagonal in Giselle, and a strong, solid finish in Don Quixote. The highlight of the evening was saved for the end, with the performance of Misa Kuranaga (representing Japan) and Daniel Sarabia (representing Cuba) in a brilliantly conceived and executed "Swan Lake" Act III pas de deux. Misa demonstrated lots of embellishments in her footwork and established a strong, credible characterization right from the beginning. In the opening duet, the lifts, spins and timing were exemplary. Sarabia partnered Misa very well, never pushing her off center and displaying good line and ending with a solid overhead press lift. In the male variation, Daniel showed good elevation, exciting cabrioles to the back with a high, open extension following the beats, and solidly grounded landings. Misa's variation was solidly done, but it was her work in the finale that brought down the house. The fouettes were as follows -- first 16: three singles and a double; second 16 -- alternating singles and doubles -- all without losing time and counting a full 32. All around, quite a triumph for these two.
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