cit Y HOtel
a Program of the actors fund
NOvemBer 1, 2017
6 Pm: cOcktailS | 7 Pm: diNNer
New YOrk marriOtt marquiS
for stars, honorees, surprises and updates
Produced and directed by
ann marie deangelo
Patron tickets: $1,500, $750. tables for 10 start at $7,500.
Patron tickets and tables include cocktail reception,
“Supper with the Stars,” dancing and
call 212.228.7446 ext. 33 or
Jubilee Gala chairs
Janice Becker & ann van Ness
tHe actOrS fuNd’S
store: She’s rehearsing the role of the lead gypsy in Don Quixote and
career traNSitiON fOr daNcerS
recently started learning the choreography for Olga, the younger sister
in John Cranko’s Onegin.
She realizes that nothing is automatic in a big company like ABT.
She’s ;fth cast for Olga, which means she may not get to dance it for a
while, if ever. As she puts it, “It’s de;nitely a waiting game.” Meanwhile,
she’s ;nding sustenance dancing in the corps. “It challenged me to go
back to working with my peers and feeding off of each other. You feel
that camaraderie and the ups and downs.”
“Betsy is an extremely versatile dancer with a vibrant personality on
the stage, and quick to learn,” says Susan Jones, principal ballet mistress
at ABT. “When she joined, it was as if she’d always been here.”
Her adaptability was on display in a recent rehearsal of Ratmansky’s
new ballet Whipped Cream, in which she was creating the role of one of
four “swirl girls.” Even as she learned the complicated steps, she danced
them full-out, with con;dence.
It’s easy to see why critics back in Texas used adjectives like “
reckless” and “daring” to describe her dancing. And she’s not timid about
trying new things: “Sometimes Ratmansky asks us to do something that
seems impossible. And then you realize, once you try it, that you can.
It’s been kind of a light bulb for me.” It seems that with this move she’s
gotten even more than what she bargained for: a choreographer of international repute who can push her to new heights. ■
“I’m new here, but I’m
not new to being a