Posted Today, 10:06 AM
[I deleted my first sentence because I think that it might be misunderstood]
Posted Today, 10:56 AM
At 1:12 here's your "born Odetta". I just can't imagine the frustration of all the capable female dancers being relegated to seat in the background and force to contemplate the unfairness of this world...
3:33 is so disgraceful that it becomes sad...
Posted Today, 11:10 AM
Canadian Pairs skater David Pelletier once said about figure skating judging, "[I]f I didn't want this to happen to me, I'd have gone down hills on skis." Dancers are in the same boat. They may pull their hair out and rage against the injustices, but they know what they're getting into from an early age -- that it's not a pure meritocracy -- and, unlike skaters, they look in the mirror most of the day and their competition is standing right next to them.
It's pretty amazing they go through this so that we can watch them.
Posted Today, 11:36 AM
I pretty much think they have a rough life....they are trying to do their best, and when they fail nowadays people see it worldwide within hours of the fall or stumble. So part of me has sympathy, but it is the nature of the beast. It is sort of like Hollywood stars wanting fame and then suddenly wanting the paparazzi to leave them alone. It is what it is. They should know this. Like Helene says above, dancers have to have a thick skin and have to perform under incredible worldwide scrutiny. Some of the current ones may not have known that they would end up on YouTube, but now the ones still in school know this could happen to them. So they will go into the field knowing it. In some ways it probably teaches them grace under pressure.
Fans are always going to be passionate about what they like and don't like. Personally, I am glad there is a place we can discuss things.
Buddy, I apologize if I inadvertantly hurt your feelings in any way. That was not my intent.
Posted Today, 12:20 PM
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Posted Today, 12:50 PM
What you and Helene say is true. We forget it.
Life is very unfair. I know teachers often say that if you mess up, you move up because you are removed from being in the classroom and put in an administrative position in an office where you are not around children or parents and eventually all is forgotten and you keep moving up into higher paid positions. The world can be crazy and upside down. So I don't know why we expect more from the ballet world.
I guess it comes from our desire to believe that the arts are pristine and people are in it for the artistry and not the money, etc.
I believe Dale Carnegie's famous book *How to Win Friends and Influence People* says something about how people are rarely ever fired for being incompetent if they are likeable people to their co-workers or supervisor. The majority of people are fired for not getting along with others, because they constantly create ill will and disrupt work and cause the boss to intervene in conflicts. But incompetence is totally okay b/c it often doesn't make waves. Others simply have to pick up the slack. Incompetent people are almost always tolerated more than people who do not get along well with others.
Posted Today, 02:33 PM
Ter-Stepanova was left at home and set down when she committed faux pas during the Kirov's tours and didn't "hit"
with Western critics. Under the Soviets, the Kirov and the Bolshoi, wanted (well, were *required), to put their
best feet forward, or there would be repercussions as in loss of privileges.
Posted Today, 04:20 PM
As for Buddy, I've read through your descriptions. But frankly they aren't very specific. Just that she's "gorgeous". My advice is to watch some other dancers. Take a break from Skorik (*and* Alina Somova, who isn't terrible, but isn't very good). I'm sure we can all make our recommendations of others to watch. I think you need to see some others to help expand your viewing repertoire.
Posted Today, 04:34 PM
Please do not presune on the board to know what someone's viewing experience is.
The only thing anyone "needs" to do here is abide by the rules and policies.
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