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August 30, 2006

Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky?

Jaimie Tapper today announced her retirement from the Royal Ballet.

She was only publicly announced in casting for Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker, so those will have to be re-cast, but that's only the immediate effect.

It means there's a slot for a female principal open.

Doubtless it won't be filled immediately, but looking at the roster of female First Soloists you can guess who my money is on.

I don't think it's just bias. Given her situation and the fact that (like the recently promoted Sarah Lamb) she dropped down in rank to come to the company, I think she's the most likely candidate.

I'm curious to see if how they re-cast Tapper's performances gives any sense of how the wind is blowing. Tapper was to dance Beauty with Bonelli and Nuts with Pennefather - Alexandra did Tschai pas with Bonelli and is dancing Beauty with Pennefather.

We shall see . . .

[Thanks to Jane for the tip!]

Posted by Leigh Witchel at August 30, 2006 4:58 PM

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