Brooks commented on Barton’s gorgeous partnering and counterpoint.

“There was a sweeping quality that felt like calligraphy,” he said. “I like your sense of centrifugal force and not stopping.” His statement triggered laughter from Ms. Whelan in the bleacher seats, who is keenly aware of Brook’s dance aesthetic and approach to partnering.

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“…the guys’ response was, ‘oh no, I’m touching a ballerina!’ They weren’t used to that. There was a big intimidation factor for all of us. It was unexpected. I was really nervous. They were nervous. Some of the guys were more comfortable getting close and inter-twined…”

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