But who filled in for her?
Yuan Yuan. I think Helgi made the right choice: it would have put too great a burden on Elana to have her replace Lily today. Yuan Yuan is the complete professional and took everything in stride; she was warmly applauded by the audience at the end.
Elana Altman danced in Blue Rose today so she wasn't really available; she has blossomed into a true ballerina--and a very busy one. I think she has now danced every single ballet in Programs 1 & 2--except for Aunis [the all guy piece].
After the announcement that Lily would be replaced by Yuan Yuan today, the woman next to me exclaimed, "We lucked out." "How so?" I asked, puzzled. "Well, we were hoping to see Yuan Yuan," she said. She and her family seemed new to ballet and probably had never heard of Lily Rogers. Sometimes regualrs like us lose our persepctive: we want to see the new kid, the star in the making; most people want to see the established stars.
PS: Mary Ellen Hunt did her first Meet the Artist interview before the performance today. She interviewed Gonzalo Garcia and "partnered" him beautifully. Brava mehunt! I hope you do more interviews for SFB.