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Sunday, February 23

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A piece on the dearth of female choreographers in ballet by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

From the outset, a female's experience in the ballet world is very different from a male's. In America, young female dancers outnumber males by at least 10 to one. From the moment they enter a studio, boys face less competition, are offered greater opportunity and enjoy a sense of empowerment over their careers and choices. In classical ballets, their work load is typically lighter too. (There are no male swans.)

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A review of Houston Ballet's "Aladdin" by Theodore Bale for CultureMap Houston.

Why, then, does Houston Ballet want a work like Aladdin in its repertory?

Could it have something to do with audience development? Is Welch hoping that young adults who saw Disney’s animated Aladdin in the early 1990s (or any of Disney’s unending sequels and television spin-offs) would be drawn to see the story realized as a ballet?

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