The art of discovery or how you found yourself here.
Posted 09 January 2003 - 07:02 PM
Posted 19 January 2003 - 06:09 AM
i think that i lurked around here for less than a week and then subscribed. i really love it here and i got some very helpful information since my first time here.
since that time, i'm addicted and in the first few weeks, i signed up almost every hour (driving my mom crazy with it). now, that i don't have an internet connection in my room where i live during the week, i miss the site. but, it makes it even more fun to come online during the weekends and participate in discussions.
Posted 19 January 2003 - 04:23 PM
How's that for memory? If anybody would be interested I could supply details to as how this came about. Bumped into Estelle's site that same day as well.
Then I tried to post for the first time in November 1998 - I was very saddened by the death of Svetlana Beriosova. That post never got through - I must have done something wrong...
Anyway, after that there are very few evenings indeed that I have not visited BalletAlert.
Posted 26 January 2003 - 11:13 AM
I knew very little about ballet two months ago, but since December, I've been researching it and have decided to take an adult beginners class. (haven't started yet, though, soon.)
I don't really know what prompted me to do that particular search last week, but I did, and now I've found this great resource and community. How fun!
Posted 26 January 2003 - 02:50 PM
You know, I'm going to have to go back to the home page of Ballet Alert! to see when the site first began... I know I read some information about the different countries that are represented by registered posters... It is a far reaching community, that I do know.
Posted 26 January 2003 - 04:06 PM
Posted 31 January 2003 - 04:34 PM
She sent me a page from the Boston discussion, because we were going to Boston and she wanted to get to some of the shops that had been highly recommended ... and now, she's hooked on ballet ... and I'm hooked on Ballet Alert (as well as ballet!!).
"... even the smallest of creatures can do great things in this world ..."
Posted 06 February 2003 - 10:02 AM
Posted 24 February 2003 - 04:04 PM
This site has not only helped educate me but has given me such wonderful articles and reviews to read in the "links" section.
I realy enjoy being a part of these forums. Its a great outlet for someone who loves going to the ballet, but has little opportunity to "talk dance".
Posted 25 February 2003 - 01:27 PM
Posted 09 March 2003 - 05:55 PM
Posted 10 March 2003 - 06:27 PM
In quickly scrolling through this one thread I've noticed so many different countries represented here - I wonder how many countries we do have represented by different posters here?
Again, thanks to all who've added their own discovery here.
Posted 10 March 2003 - 08:43 PM
Alexandra was a regular poster at aab and she wrote about reviving BalletAlert--which was, I think, first written about in a tongue in cheek article in the NYT or Washington Post. There may be a pointer to that article somewhere.
One of the nicest small details of BalletAlert was our "guardian ballerina" (Sylvia, I think) who still graces most pages. There was a very well mannered but very determined revolt when Alexandra eliminated her during a site redesign.
The first BalletTalk board that I recall was PostCards--there were probably fewer posts in a week at that time then there are in a day now. But they worked and grew into this.
I was very much taken by the attitude here from the beginning. Just to name a few, Leigh was and is a working choreographer; Victoria had been a soloist with the ABT; rg is one of the most respected dance writers in the country as is Nanatchka. What was most surprising was that people who were real experts, who had spent years learning about ballet were also often the most patient in dealing with questions they might have heard hundreds of times or with outrageously incorrect statements by people who thought they knew something. Like me, for example. Not at all like th cut and thrust that characterizes the opera boards.
While BalletAlert has evolved one thing that hasn't changed has been the dedication, unfailing good humor and quiet intelligence of Alexandra. I imagine running an operation like this is difficult, time consuming and often quite frustrating--but it is has been here day after day and year after year, possibly to the surprise of its founder.
One way to thank Alexandra is, as has been noted here, to subscribe to both publications, give subscriptions to favorite teachers, to students who many not know about them, or to local libraries. Or just send a donation.
Posted 11 March 2003 - 04:10 AM
My hat's off to all the moderators and participants, but especially to Alexandra and the local staff who keep Ballet Alert running ...
Posted 12 March 2003 - 02:31 PM
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