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Victor Alvarez

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Victor Alvarez in Berlin sometime in the summer of 1997 This is Dec. 15th in my dance inspirations advent calendar. Opened already: December 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th

Saying that someone is your favourite dancer or the best dancer you ever saw is difficult, because some people are your favourites in particular roles, or new people come along who challenge the position, or you just don’t want to be forced to choose between equals. But if my life depended on it, I’d be willing to say that Victor Alvarez is my favourite male dancer, and, for my taste, probably the best dancer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and without any doubt at all, the most musical.

Woytek Lowski once said to Jo (Josephine) Jewkes after her performance of the Prelude in Les Sylphides “Well, once again, you ruined the show – you were so good you made everyone else on stage look terrible”. In the same spirit, Victor has made my life a misery at times: when you know that something can be done as effortlessly, spectacularly and musically as Victor does it, and with such friendly charm and good naturedness, it makes so much else that you do seem like a bad marriage.

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