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#16 Alexandra


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Posted 15 April 2003 - 08:49 AM

That's an interesting comment, Mel. I've been thinking it's the opposite -- that when I first became interested in ballet it was usual for dancers to continue into their mid-40s, even corps dancers, and Balanchine was chided by some for losing interest in dancers at 35, now it seems that dancers are retiring earlier and earlier.

Perhaps it's a bit of both? Less crippling injuries early on, which would go along with what you're saying, but fewer opportunities for mature dancers in today's pedal to the metal choreography?

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 09:20 AM

And that could be, too. But the mature dancer often has an opportunity to change from major company to major company, now that the performing life is longer, even if it's "only" in the corps. Some step to Regionals, but on the whole of all dancers, I think I see the mean age to be a bit older than in former years.

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 01:48 PM

Is ballet more popular now than it was when you guys were kids and training?

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