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MEET VERONIKA PART

Opening night of American Ballet Theatre's Sleeping Beauty was THE EVENT of the spring season and Veronika Part, in her Gaynor Mindens, triumphed as Aurora.

"If a ballerina must show us something that we've never seen before - and I think she must-then Part is the most important ballerina dancing today."  So writes Laura Jacobs, dance critic for The New Criterion in her feature article on Veronika, "Assoluta." Assoluta is short for Prima Ballerina Assoluta, the honorifc, bestowed only two or three times in a century, on the greatest ballerina of the day. Veronika, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, and former star of the Kirov, has been taking audiences as well as critics by storm since her arrival at ABT in 2002.

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IN THIS ISSUE
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VERONIKA PART

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AMANDA ROSENTHAL

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ST. PETERSBURG AND YAGP

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THE KIROV &
THE BOLSHOI


MESSAGE FROM ELIZA
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Eliza
Russia!
I'm just back from an extraordinary trip to St. Petersburg - watching the Mariinsky take class, meeting our wonderful new GM Artists in person, seeing them dance in their historic theater.  This issue celebrates Russia's monumental impact on ballet: its dancers, training methods, and legendary companies.  What a thrill to see performances in  the

Dancers at the Beach
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IN THE WINGS
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AMANDA ROSENTHAL
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Ballet dancers face major decisions at a young age.  Committing the time and dedication needed to pursue a dance career is an immense undertaking, requiring years of hard work, not to mention sacrificing the "normal" teenage lifestyle.  Gaynor Minden wearer Amanda Rosenthal is going for it-and she's loving it. 

Melis and Eliza in the Tsar's Box
OUT AND ABOUT
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ST. PETERSBURG and YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX

The Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Tsars are long gone but the Imperial splendor remains and the dancing is as magical as ever. In April Eliza Minden visited this mecca of ballet on a tour organized by Dance Around, Inc. She's seen here (right) in the Tsar's Box with Dance Around's Director, Melis Varban. Gaynor Mindens were on the feet of some forty company members, including rising stars Yevgenia Obraztsova, Olesia Novikova, and Alina Somova. Unforgettable moments included the



EVERY DANCER SHOULD KNOW
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            A Tale of Two Cities: The Kirov and the Bolshoi

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