(However the immediately preceding Spanish Dance is identified as "whimsical music".
However, in the Closed Captions, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is twice identified as "Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'" and the Russian Dance is identified as "Tchaikovsky's Russian Dance".
The ovation at the end was as expected: loud and long: it seemed that neither the audience nor his colleagues wanted to let Sascha go.
Loved seeing Maria Kowroski, Wendy Whelan, Joaquin de Luz, Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel all joining in the celebration; and Sascha's wife, Stella Abrera (in a knockout black frock) elicited whoops of delight from the crowd when she appeared onstage to present her husband with a bouquet and a kiss.
When the casting for the current ABT season came out, "COPPELIA Reyes/Radetsky" immediately caught my eye: thinking that - both as indivduals and as a couple - Xiomara and Sascha would be ideal in this ballet, I circled the date (my birthday) in red.
I knew I would be there tonight, long before it became known that this would be Sascha's farewell.