innopac, the Link no longer seems operable. This one, however, does work:
Here is Brooks's conclusion:
Institutions do all the things that are supposed to be bad. They impede personal exploration. They enforce conformity.
But they often save us from our weaknesses and give meaning to life.
On a spectrum of people involved in the arts, I would think that ballet dancers tend to be more institutionally minded -- less prone to insist that their work and professional life be primarily an exp
ression of individuality -- than most.
Their willingness to submit to a long training period in highly-disciplined classes is an indicator. So is subjecting oneself to rules, to a peculiar and specialized language (words and movements), to a very detailed code of behavior, and to the requirement that they work constantly and often anonymously in close cooperation with others.
Is it possible to express a high level of creativity and individuality while conforming to the school or company? How far can you go in expressing individuality before you start getting into difficulties? Can a ballet dancer who is tempermentally a rebel still survive in the ballet profession?
Like you, I hope we hear from dancers -- as well as from teachers, relations, and fans who've had the chance to observe dancers closely.