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ABT II and The Royal Ballet School

The Ailey Citigroup Theater New York City Some years ago, American Ballet Theatre’s junior company, ABT II, shared a program with The Royal Ballet School. I remember thinking the kids from ABT II looked as good as any professional company … Continue reading

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Interview: Merrill Ashley

Interview with Merrill Ashley

I spoke with one of George Balanchine’s celebrated muses, Merrill Ashley, as New York City Ballet was preparing for its 2008 Spring season at the London Coliseum.

New York City Ballet hasn’t been to London since before 1985—what takes you there now?
Well, we’ve wanted to go for a long time. London has always been a place where we wanted to perform but I think finances are what prevented it. It’s very expensive to bring a big company like us. Over the years we’d hear rumours “We’re going to go to London!” but somehow it never worked out…

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