Below is a link to an article recently written by the music critic Anne Midgette for Andante, which discusses, in relation to the world of classical music, the role of women in the arts, as consumers, spectators, and, increasingly, as critics. I thought that some of the points she raises are relevant to dance as well, as comparison or contrast. For example, she says :
In fact, classical music badly needs to be helped out of its privileged position and to play on the same field as the other arts. Film critics, after all, men and women, express themselves strongly all the time, in terms that would make classical audiences sputter in horror. Unlike film, pop music, art or literature, classical music is widely seen as an endangered species that needs special protection, special advocacy. Meanwhile, it threatens to lapse into mediocrity, in part precisely because its pretensions of privilege ensure that many non-aficionados in the audience, when they fail to be transported by an orchestra concert, assume that the fault lies in their own lack of understanding rather than in the indifferent quality of the event itself.
Isn't it funny that her [the female critic of classical music] increased acceptance in the ranks of critics - that is, among the shapers rather than receivers of opinion - happens to coincide with the striking decline, purely in terms of space, of classical music coverage in news outlets across the nation?
Here's the link: