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Awards for excellence?

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Other art froms have prestigous awards, such as the Tony, Academy, Pulitzer etc. Shouldn't there be a big, newsworthy award show for ballet? There could be awards for best set, best costume, best music, best new choreography, best revival, plus something for the dancers. The publicity would be good as it would raise the stature of ballet in popular culture.

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We'd need some sponsors.

In the program booklet for Patricia Barker's farewell performance last night, there are a number of pictures of Barker in real life. In a full-page photograph on page 13, she is surfing on a board while being pulled by a boat. In a photo montage on page 25, she is standing on a ski slope, fully equipped to take on the mountain, and in one of the best shots of all she en pointe on a putting green in a 100 or so degree arabesque "balanced" on a putting iron.

Perhaps Jobe, Rossignol, and Titleist would be interested?

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As much as I hate competitions, I bet I could work up "loathe and despise" for an Academy-Awards type show for ballet. Like right away.

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