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Review: SPAC offers gala farewell to Whelan

 New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall, perform as Whelan is set to retire from the company after 23 years as a principal dancer at SPAC Saturday, July 12, 2014.
New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall, perform as Whelan is set to retire from the company after 23 years as a principal dancer at SPAC Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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Saratoga said good-bye to one of its favorite ballerinas Saturday night. At the annual New York City Ballet Gala at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, crowds cheered and shed tears as they watched the divinely inspired Wendy Whelan take her final bow. Whelan’s last SPAC curtain call came after a stirring showing in the Christopher Wheeldon duet, made for her, “After the Rain.” Set to Avro Part’s hypnotic “Spiegel im Spiegel,” played with understated elegance ...

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