2014 USA IBC, Round I, Sessions III and IV, Monday, June 15, 2014

9 Jul

In familiar form, Odd Numbered Sessions in Round I were scheduled for 2 p.m., Even numbered sessions a6 7:30 p.m.

Session III

So Jung Lee, #11, Jr., Korea, opened afternoon session, Paquita variation, arms delicately stroked; pirouettes need closing precise fifth. Rare to witness total grace in variation; no one yet equals Say Eun Park, 2006 competition.

Zoe Briscoe, #12, Jr., U.S.A., Coppelia variation with utter accuracy, control, correctness at expense of music message– exhilaration before wedding.

Monica Bulbuena, #13, Jr., Peru, Coppelia variation with charm, gave something of plot; could use additional sparkle.

Miranda Wienecke, #14, Jr., U.S.A., danced perky Flames of Paris.

Young-Grace Choi, #15, Jr., U.S.A. Paquita variation requiring fouettes with grand a la secondes.

Ye Lim Choi, #62, Sr., and Dae Han Na, #85, Sr., both Korea, La Fille Mal Gardee, correctly credited to Jean Dauberval, four composers. Garbled notes record excellent male solo, effervescence.

Shiori Kase, #64, Sr., Japan, female variation Don Quixote, followed by Guillaume Basso, #65, Sr., France, male version of familiar pas de deux, distinguished by the use of hands.

Takahiro Hayashi, #66, Sr., Japan, same variation; for a small man; audience with elevation, a bit of dash.


So Jung Lee, #11, Jr., Florine variation from the Blue Bird Pas de deux, very correct reading,; lacking “learning” quality.

Zoe Briscoe, #12, danced correct Paquita variation; largely academic.

Monica Balbuena, #13, Jr., Florine variation from Blue Bird pas de deux. Technically correct, graceful.

Miranda Wienecke, #14, Jr., wore full-skirted, bobby tutu of gold-edged scarlet; danced a Paquita variations, considerable charm.

Younji-Grace Choi, #15, Jr., selected Coppelia variation.

With non-competing partner Joseph Phillips, Irina Sapozhnikova, #47, Sr., Russia, Don Quixote pas de deux; distinguished war horse with balances, full use of fan. Tone warm, devoid of tricks, gratifying.

Shiori Kase, #64, Sr., Odile’s variation, Swan Lake with assurance, correctness, motivation.

Guillaume Basso, #65, Sr., presented Albrecht’s solo, Act II, Giselle. Stronger than initial variation, last pose, pleading, almost recumbent effective.

Takahiro Hayashi, #66, Sr., all bounce, jump, turning Fille Mal Gardee male variation.

Session IV

Megan Wilson, #16, Jr., U.S.A., spirited rendition of Princess Florine, Blue Bird pas de deux.

Savannah Louis, #17, Jr., U.S.A., white tutu Paquita variation, no hesitation, good attack.

Olivia Gusti, @18, U.S.A., Coppelia variation, showed phrasing.

Mizaho Nagata, #19, Jr., Japan, with non-competing partner Ogulcan Borova, silvery white tutu, coronet, fussy rendition Coppelia Wedding Pas de Deux, hands flicking minus reason, no sense of reason for the dance, fouettes traveling excessively.

Daniel A. McCormick, #20, Jr., Mexico, loosely knit young man, male variation from Flames of Paris, suitable heroic gestures.

Mengjun Chen, #71, Sr., PRC, dressed in buff-color vest, trousers, Fille Mal Gardee variation good ballon, finish

Mozart Mizayama, #73, Sr. Brazil, leaned into Fille Mal Gardee variation; zest; energy, inflection reminiscent of Alexander Grant, Royal Ballet appearances in San Francisco.

Olga Marchenkova, #77, Sr., Russia, Bridesmaid variation, Don Quixote, selection strange to me. Black bodice, yellow skirted tutu, long legs elegantly displayed.

Jayson Sarino Pescasio, #78, Sr., Philippines danced male Fille Mal Gardee variation cleanly, good jumps.


Megan Wilson, #16, danced Paquita variation correctly, transitions abrupt.

Savannah Louis, #Louis, #17, Jr., gave Princess Florine lovely port de bras; not yet motivated.

Olivia Gusti, #18, Paquita variation, tall, coltish.

Daniel A. McCormick, #20, Male Paquita variation, in white and elegant, minor flub.

Ga-yeon Jung, #68, Sr., Ji-Seok Ha, #83, Sr., Korea, Don Quixote Pas de Deux. Heavy on the sequins. Multiple turns, no fan in sight.

Mengjun Chen, #71, Sr., Flower Festival in Gensano variation. Sole dancer of variation in competition; very correct, ballon good.

Mozart Mizuyama, #75, Sr., Swan Lake, Act III variation; opening tours impressive, finish debonair.

Olga Marchenkova, #77, Sr., Grigorovitch variation, Black Swan, Act III. Nicely phrased; variation not my favorite.

Jayson Sarino Pescasio, #78, Sr., Grigorovitch variation, Prince Siegfried, Act III, Swan Lake.


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