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   DO40 Balanchine Event 

BALANCHINE ROCKS!
OH WHAT A NIGHT!  A SUPER, EMOTIONALLY-CHARGED,
YOU-HAD-TO-BE-THERE EVENT!

More ballet artists on hand than you could shake a ballet mistresses' stick at!  It was a glorious evening of reminiscing, learning, laughing and reuniting, with artists from over 50 decades of Mr. B's ballets on hand.   (Pictured) Moderators Robert Groskevic, Nancy Goldner, Candice Agree, along with Balanchine Trust Director Barbara Horgan and Merrill Ashley, Vida Brown, John Clifford, Gene Gavin, Allegra Kent (takng a mini-nap during the curtain call – it WAS a long evening!), Frank Ohman, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, Barbara Walzcak and Patricia Wilde (not pictured, Marge Champion).  Also on stage for the finale, many audience members eager to share hugs with their peers (including Arthur Mitchell!).

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THE ENTIRE CAST AND FRIENDS ON STAGE – AND UPRIGHT –
EXCEPT FOR DO40 BOARD MEMBER MARCUS GALANTE –
TOO EXHAUSTED FROM HIS EVENING’S DUTIES AS HOST AND SVENGALI!

With four panels and a dozen ballet artists, the evening was filled with incredible stories, not just about the dancing, but also about the music and the man himself.  Rare film clips of a variety of artists performing the same ballets, there, on stage, to discuss the transitions.  Marge Champion, from Balanchine's 1943 Broadway musical "What's Up?" spoke of how he educated his young cast in matters not just dance.  Special thanks to Barbara Horgan for her largesse, and to DO40 Board member Marcus Galante for making it all come together.  We smell a Balanchine, Part Deux in the air!

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PANEL #4 – Merrill Ashley, Frank Ohman, Carol Sumner, Bettijane Sills,
John Clifford, Allegra Kent and moderator Robert Groskevic

Dancers Over 40 was proud to present this special look into the Golden age of 20th Century ballet.  And we welcome all the new members! The out pouring of support has been phenominal in just the last 24 hours.  There are hundreds of pictures to post - on our website and facebook page and at least a dozen video clips to post on our member-only video page on our website (SOON!  We’ll let you know when!).  Over 80% of you have renewed for the 2012 - 2013 season.  Remember, the discount code/password has been reset for the year!  Please make sure your renewal is in the mail.  Also, we have received a few memberships in the mail with our old P.O. Box address.  Please remember to use our new one!  The Post Office will stop the forwarding to our new address on November 1st!  (It's been a year already!). Our new address is P.O. Box 2103, NY, NY 10101. 

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Photo By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc