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Just when you think it can't get any better...

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Well, if the Sarasota Ballet needed a plane to fly back from Washington, D.C. and their critically-acclaimed performances in "Ballet Across America" this morning, right now they should be floating on air without one.

New York Times dance critic Alastair Macauly just posted his review of Program B, in which the Sarasota company danced Sir Frederick Ashton's "Les Patineurs,"  and in it he says the troupe performs it better than the Royal!!!!

Alastair Macaulay, dance critic for the New York Times

Alastair Macaulay, dance critic for the New York Times

Yes, better than the Royal Ballet itself,  where Ashton choreographed and directed and where Sarasota Artistic Director Iain Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri learned and performed the work.

Macaulay goes on to say more other complimentary things, spending more than half of his long review on Ashton and "Les Patinuers."

The praise adds to the pile of compliments Sarasota earned at the Kennedy Center, from critics, audience members, even the stage hands, who not only thought the company rocked, but said they were the nicest too.

What an honor it has been for me to be able to share these past three seasons with the company and this road trip in particular. Everyone in Sarasota deserves to be proud of these wonderful representatives of our city and of the art of ballet.

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: June 9, 2013
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