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The following letter appeared in today's The West Australian following their review of 'Embraceable You' this week. It's touching to have such passionate supporters.

"Letters to the Editor, The West Australian.

There is a discrepancy between the headline, ‘Stunning feats of grandeur’, Jo Pickup’s laudatory review and the score of 3.5 for the West Australian Ballet’s Embraceable You.

After sell out seasons of Snow-white and the Seven Dwarfs late last year and at the Quarry amphitheatre earlier this year, the current season at His Majesty’s Theatre also deserves a Sold Out sign.

I saw the performance on Saturday night. The focus is on the dancing and what beautiful, elegant and lyrical dancing it is. The great strength of the company is the uniformly high standard attained by each company member. Our own company deserves audience support and it would be an absolute shame of your readers dismissed the production as a credit rather than the outstanding grade it deserves.

Visiting companies might have illustrious names and places of origin but that is no guarantee of company or production excellence. Often there are good principals but the corps de ballet, costumes and set are anything but.

West Australian Ballet is a regional flagship company whose production and performance standards are now at the highest level. So let’s recognise that Excellence can be home-grown, not contingent on a 457 Visa.

David Hough
[The writer is a member of WA Ballet’s Artistic Advisory Committee and a member of the Helpmann Dance and Physical Theatre panel.]"
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Embraceable You: A Celebration of Balanchine
West Australian Ballet- His Majesty’s Theatre Perth
The opening performance of the West Australian Ballet’s season of Embraceable You was a great succ...

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West Australian Ballet added 27 new photos to the album: Embraceable You: A Celebration of Balanchine — with Adam Alzaim at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. ... See MoreSee Less

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DId you see us in The West yesterday?
"...the evening was suddenly compelling the audience to hold its breath and hold on tight whilst journeying with the gravity-defying soloists in pursuit of the seemingly impossible..."
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West Australian Ballet is very excited to welcome guest teacher Cynthia Harvey to Perth. As former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet, Cynthia will be passing on her skill and knowledge to WAB dancers whilst teaching company class. Cynthia is also hosting an exclusive Learning From The Masters professional development session for Perth dance teachers. To register for this once in a lifetime event head to waballet.com.au/learn/for-primary-secondary-schools/ ... See MoreSee Less

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