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January 28, 2022

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Thank you, Stacey, for your passionate articles on dance. They delight my sagging spirit and refresh my tired mind. I loved Cynthia Gregory's performances with the late, great Fernando Bujones and with Ivan Nagy, too. You describe her artistic power so perfectly.

I could be way off, but I wonder if the vision in white was Cynthia Gregory at all. After all, she danced at the Met with the ABT. I'm wondering why she would be coming out of the State Theater, home to the NYCB.

Great dancer, best Swan Lake ever, and wonderful ballet for my snowy weekend. Thank you so much!

Thank you for your comment and support Emily. Fernando Bujones was thrilling to watch. Funny, someone once challenged me for saying I loved both NYCB and ABT. Why choose? Reminds me of the O'Hara poem "My Heart"
Though I haven't checked lately, ABT used to have its longer season at the Metropolitan Opera house and the shorter fall season at City Center and later at the State Theater (now the Koch) at Lincoln Center.

Thanks, Stacey. I figured it was something like that. Yeah, those 2 great dance companies have their fervent followers and never the twain shall meet. I guess if you love Balanchine, it's NYCB -- now and forever. If you prefer the more traditional, classical ballets, the ones with all those princes, it's ABT, although they perform Balanchine, too, of course. I'm a Balanchine fanatic myself, but I have enjoyed many legendary performances at The Met. It is an embarrassment of riches.

I love your dance memories and articles. Please keep them coming.

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