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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    I've taken my pre-8-year-old grand-nieces to several performances, "Nutcracker" (twice) and "Coppelia," and now that's how I'm known to them. We switched last year to "The Lion King," I was wondering at what age they would be ready for ballets with unhappy endings. I planned to start with "Swan Lake," and I'm impressed that your granddaughter appreciated "Romeo and Juliet."

    I also want to take them to Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (or Ashton's). But what a convoluted plot.

    Of course it's unlikely there'll be live ballet in NYC before next fall. By then there will be four of them old enough to attend, and the oldest will be turning 9.
    I do envy you with the wonderful ABT in New York, not to mention all the other treats you have at your fingertips. Just imagine what it would have been like taking the children to a Bernstein educational lecture with the NYPO - there were lots of kids in those audiences!! (BTW, the great man died 30 years ago just this last week, on the 14th!!) We have Sydney Opera House, which is a pleasant venue on the harbour. The grandson (he'll be 11 next month) has said he's 'not interested in dancing'!! While we were watching the closing scene of R&J he came into the loungeroom and said, "this looks like necromancy to me"!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    I do envy you with the wonderful ABT in New York, not to mention all the other treats you have at your fingertips. Just imagine what it would have been like taking the children to a Bernstein educational lecture with the NYPO - there were lots of kids in those audiences!! (BTW, the great man died 30 years ago just this last week, on the 14th!!) We have Sydney Opera House, which is a pleasant venue on the harbour. The grandson (he'll be 11 next month) has said he's 'not interested in dancing'!! While we were watching the closing scene of R&J he came into the loungeroom and said, "this looks like necromancy to me"!!!!
    LOL

    I made my first visit to Australia last year. I did the backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House but the programming while I was there was not to my taste. I did catch the Australian Ballet in Melbourne performing Prokofiev's "Cinderella."

    And my grandma took me to one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts - well, technically a public rehearsal.

    Just one thing - while I do attend ABT, my first love is for NYCB where I have been a subscriber for about a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    LOL

    I made my first visit to Australia last year. I did the backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House but the programming while I was there was not to my taste. I did catch the Australian Ballet in Melbourne performing Prokofiev's "Cinderella."

    And my grandma took me to one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts - well, technically a public rehearsal.

    Just one thing - while I do attend ABT, my first love is for NYCB where I have been a subscriber for about a decade.
    I would just love to be there and see that, but my travel days are behind me. My mother used to tell me about those Bernstein Young People's Concerts as far back as the 1960s. They must have appeared on TV here but we didn't get a TV set until December, 1960!!! I was still young then and our TV reception was poor until 1965 when a local station came to our city. Until then we had these massive antennas sitting on our rooftops and they often came crashing down in high winds.

    I do hope Australia turned on its charms for you during your visit last year. Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 and I think they're doing upgrades to it at the moment. The views from upstairs at the rear of the concert hall and opera theatre over the Harbour and Bridge are enchanting of an evening, especially in summer with the ferries and other boats.

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