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Fort Worth Dallas Ballet Postpones Search for New AD

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An article in yesterday's Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that the financially troubled Fort Worth Dallas Ballet has put off its search for a new artistic director until it has resolved its financial problems. A group of executive committee members and other supporters has pledged $1 million towards financing the remainder of the season and advancing the company's goal of a $2 million endowment fund.

The company has been without an AD since February 2001, when Ben Houk left under pressure from the board of directors. Since then Bruce Marks, whom the article refers to as "a Florida-based consultant," has served as "artistic advisor."

The company also announced the cancellation of the Dallas dates for its production of Romeo & Juliet. The ballet will still be performed in Forth Worth from May 17-19, with an additional performance, making a total of four. The executive director also announced that the contracts of all 32 dancers will be renewed, and a 2002-03 schedule will be announced in April.

"Everybody's screaming that we need an artistic director," the article quotes a company spokesman as saying. "But first, we need to be able to pay an artistic director."

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