Like many of you, I have been a loyal NYCB fan -- to the point of being exclusive -- for many years. My mother started taking me when I was 6 to City Center, and after moving back to NYC in the late 70's, I started going a few times a season ("Oh boy! Three performances! How extravagant!")
I learned about the fourth ring "AA" seats overhearing someone on the single tickets line, back in the days when the line would form very early in the a.m. the first day the Box Office opened. Some years (especially when Barishnikov was there) someone would give out numbers, so you could go get coffee while waiting for the Box Office to open.
In the 80's and 90's I went 3 to 4 times a week. When the 4th Ring society came into existence, things were a bit brighter. But I haven't been able to go as frequently for a long time now, especially since I moved out of town.
BUT STILL..... when the beauty of Balanchine (especially) has infected your soul, there's nothing that can substitute. I have long defined my passion as an addiction: I get "high" going, and I go through "withdrawal" when the Company is not dancing.... and now it looks like I'll be going cold turkey because I won't be able to cough up what it takes to get a "fix."
Someone emailed me the link to the Administration names on the website. But guess what, NO LINKS, NO EMAIL ADDRESSES!! Sure makes it seem as if they don't want to hear what we have say (good or bad)!
Here it is, just for the record: http://www.nycballet...nistration.html
I can't decide whether to be angry or depressed.