If being a principal dancer with one of the world's leading ballet companies were not enough, Bocca started his own dance troupe, Ballet Argentino, a decade ago, wanting to give other young dancers from Argentina the chance to develop and dance works other than the standard ballet troupe fare of the top 10 grand pas de deux
Next is the remarkable grand pas de deux
from Don Quixote, followed by the company premieres of Jose Limon's masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane, and the imaginative Stravinsky Violin Concerto by George Balanchine.
With its famous Grand Pas de Deux
, as well as the Land of Snow and the Waltz of the Flowers, The Nutcracker remains one of the most popular ballets in the repertoire.
Kronenberg and her husband, Carlos Guerra, were first paired to dance the Grand Pas de Deux
from The Nutcracker in 2001 shortly after Guerra joined the company.
Outside of Europe, Christian Spuck may be best known for his Le Grand Pas de Deux
, a witty, parodic gala favorite, but after 11 years as Stuttgart Ballet's resident choreographer, he is ready to step up to the next level.
He trades in his Cossack-style duds for princely attire when he dances the grand pas de deux
Artistic director Angela Whitehill and producer Joyce Stahl have concocted a Keys-specific ballet; except for the grand pas de deux
(featuring guest artists Nikolaj Hubbe and Wendy Whelan), the production is radically different.
And in the grand pas de deux
from Le Corsaire with Stein, her statuesque carriage, impeccable turning ability, and breathtaking classicism earned her a standing ovation.
NYCB assistant to the ballet master in chief Sean Lavery described a grand pas de deux
with Kay Mazzo in their pre-contact-lens days: "Neither of us could see very well, and when we moved upstage so she could step on a small platform that's pulled across the stage, we couldn't find it.
Her role in Symphonic Variations and the cartwheels and stomach spins of the spoof Le Grand Pas de Deux
were too physical.
Also new was a cheerful burlesque duet (think Tudor's 1938 Gala Performance and then downscale the quality), Le Grand Pas de Deux
(1999), choreographed by Stuttgart's Christian Spuck and set to Gioacchino Rossini's Overture to the Thieving Magpie.