A Ballerina’s Tale

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Documentarians could not possibly wish for better luck than that which befell on Nelson George when he was recently finishing up his profile on the ballerina Misty Copeland and it was announced that she was to become the first African-American soloist with the prestigious American Ballet Theater in over two decades. It’s a perfect ending to … Continue reading





Restless Creature : Wendy Whelan

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The sheer power of documentary is nowhere more apparent than in this excellent affectionate profile of the end of the remarkable career of Wendy Whelan on the eve of her retirement from the NY City Ballet after an unprecedented 30 years with the Company. For non-balletomanes and non-Americans whose education never included the opportunity to … Continue reading



The Queen of Thursdays

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This fascinating documentary with its intriguing title is the bitter-sweet story of Rosario “Charin” Suárez a Cuban ballerina hailed by many as the best of her generation.  Her tale starts when Fidel Castro first came to power in 1959 and he invited Alicia Alonso the country’s leading prima ballerina and her husband Fernando to establish … Continue reading



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