BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars gala–coming up!

If you live anywhere near Columbus and love ballet like I do, you really want to be at this performance. 

BalletMet is kicking off their season with a “Global Gala of Dance Stars” from all over the world, and parts of the program have just been announced. Take a look at this: 


August 18, 2012 | Ohio Theatre

One Night Only! A dazzling array of internationally-acclaimed dance stars will take to the stage of the magnificent Ohio Theatre for this one night only event in a program of grand solos, pas de deux, pas de trios and more joined by the outstanding dancers of BalletMet.

Global Dancers – Global Dances

The dance works featured on BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Galaare show stoppers of the classical and contemporary repertory. Among them are:

George Gershwin’s 3 Preludes

Choreographed by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Tom Gold, Gershwin’s 3 Preludeswill be performed by New York City Ballet/Tom Gold Dance soloists Abi Stafford and Jared Angle. The pair will also dance a pas de deuxfrom Balanchine’s Agon.


Former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon – the current Artistic Director of Northern Ballet of Leeds, England – will gift Columbus audiences with a glimpse of his Cleopatra, a very recent collaboration with Miss Saigonand Les Miserablescomposer Claude-Michel Schönberg. Dancing the work will be two of the company’s established stars – Martha Leeboltand Tobias Batley. A section from Nixon’s Wuthering Heightswill also be performed by the pair.

Madame Butterfly

Choreographed by Stanton Welch, the former BalletMet Artistic Associate and current Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, the pas de deuxfrom Madame Butterflywill be performed by Houston Ballet principal dancers Amy Foteand Simon Ball.

Bringing Noise

Broadway hoofer Marshall Davis, Jr., who appeared in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, and at BalletMet in the much-admired Simply Sammy, will bring his fiery footwork to the proceedings, performing two numbers.

Pulses, Chords, Passion

Also appearing on the Global Dance Stars Galais BalletMet’s own corps of extraordinary dancers performing Darrell Grand Moultrie’s sizzling Pulses, Chords, Passion, a work that received its world premiere during BalletMet’s 2011-2012 season as part of Jazz MovesColumbus, the company’s acclaimed collaboration with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and WOSU Public Media.

National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Greta Hodgkinsonand Guillauame Cotewill dance the famous Black Swan pas de deuxfrom SwanLakeas well as Summerfrom James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons.

Grammar post: making something plural; affect v. effect

It pains me deeply to have to write about this, because this is one of the most basic things in grammar. However: how to make things plural. 

Quick Quiz: Which of the following is a correct version of the plural “to fly”? 

A) Time flys when you’re having fun.

B) Time flies when you’re having fun. 

Please, for the love of all things holy, tell me you knew it was B. 

If you did NOT know it was B (and I’m finding quite a few people that DO NOT know this) please, go here

This is something you should have learned as a wee babe. If you are learning English as a Second Language, I will forgive you. Other than that…no. 

And a side note: sometimes you use “i”, like with octipi. It’s not “octopuses”! 

And while we’re at it: AFFECT and EFFECT.



(most of the time)

Affect: The speech affected me very much. “To influence.” 

Effect: The dim lights gave the room a creepy effect. Or, “that ride had great sound effects” . Usually means “a result.” 

So, no they aren’t interchangeable!

There are rare usages, as well, which you can learn about here. (for example: “She wanted to effect change in the club’s policies.”) 

Julian Fellowes revealed his closet Irish Republican sympathies when he spoke at yesterday’s launch of the third series of Downton Abbey at Berkeley Street’s Mayfair Hotel. He observed that the storyline featuring Branson, the Irish chauffeur with Republican leanings, who whisked off Lady Sybil from the clutches of her family, was dear to his heart.

“It may come as a surprise that someone like me was brought up very much on the Home Rule and freedom side,” he said on the subject, which features heavily in the new series. Viewers can also look forward to a bedroom scene between Branson and Lady Sybil when they are invited to the wedding of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).

(via bamfsinireland)

SEE PEOPLE?!?! Wedding!!!! (OK, yes, just “invitation”, but come on…if there is NOT a wedding I will break things and swear off DA forever.) 

Christian Bale upon winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Fighter

I think if I ever won I’d just stand there speechless. But “Bloody Hell” is a good start, too. Very Ron Weasley. 

I think this was what Alfred REALLY wanted to tell Bruce. 

Almira Gulch…just because you own half the county doesn’t mean you have the power to run the rest of us! For twenty-three years I’ve been dying to tell you what I thought of you. And now…well, being a good Christian Woman I can’t say it!

Aunt Em, The Wizard of Oz

(I’m having a moment where I’m echoing her sentiments.)