ABT dancers are constantly surprising me. Maybe its Tanatanit, suddenly more alive and self-confident onstage, or Misty Copeland, outstanding in a variety of styles. Or tall Stearns becoming princely. Its Paloma Herrera, minus her usual tutu, showing some sass in Fancy Free, Jose Manuel Carreños doling out sly charm as the third sailor, and Murphy doing a fine acting job as the ballets second woman. I could go on. Attending several performances, you can feel you get to know these dancers. Even from City Centers top balcony, they seem closer to us than they do during the companys spring performances at the Met. And, while the stage may look slightly cramped for a work like Balanchines Ballo della Regina, thats only a minor inconvenience. I could wish the season lasted longer, but maybe two weeks is a good length. It keeps us hungry for more freshly polished old gems to delight in and more new ballets to argue about.