Now Melissa Barak's name is missing from the NYCB roster listing on their website. She is going to be with Los Angeles Ballet. A wonderfully dramatic dancer, equally at home as Carabosse or the Courage fairy. And the Telemann ballet she choreographed for the Company a few years ago was really distinctive. Damn! I really like her.
UPDATE: Wait! It gets worse! Carbro notified me that Edwaard Liang has also left NYCB!! That's another very serious loss - Ed's a beautiful dancer and a more-than-promising choreographer. Very depressing developments today.