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      2018 Joint Fundraiser for Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers   02/03/2018

      We have launched our 2018 Fundraiser.  To donate, please see the instructions on our home page for checks (US dollars only) and credit card donations via PayPal.  We close the fundraiser as soon as we raise enough to sustain us for the next year, and we thank you for your support!


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  1. 2018 Fundraiser

    Thank you, Alexandra, Helene, and all the administrators who give their time and energy to Ballrt Alert!
  2. Merry Christmas 2017

    So very late to this, but thank you, Helene, for a lovely Christmas t blessing. Happy New Year to our Ballet Alert! community.
  3. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And the WaPo's statement about possible physical abuse of Heather Watts.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Yes, I agree, abatt. When I read that (admittedly in the wee hours of the morn and so, not yet fully awake), I was confused at this being an example of abuse.,
  5. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I do not think Woetzel would leave his Julliard post, that's why said he was a longshot. But before he was appointed to it, I'd thought he would be a strong contender to lead NYCB when Martins retired.
  6. Nutcracker 2017

    As I think about it more, the timing couldn't be better for Suzanne to come on board to serve a critical need, coaching or otherwise.
  7. Nutcracker 2017

    Hi Birdsall and canbelto! My first live NYCB Nutcracker (2011?) had Tiler Peck dancing Dewdrop and she was the highlight for me, in a Nutcracker performance that really blew me away overall. She was stunning then so I am happy to hear these reports. I would LOVE to see Sterling in SPF - she is so tiny and exquisite. And Tess as Dewdrop, too, I'm sure is a treat.
  8. Nutcracker 2017

    To this and cobweb's comment about the performances, I'm sure everyone is feeling demoralized and uncertain, given the Martins news. Best thing that could happen is for an interim director to be appointed immediately for leadership needs and whoever assumes AD permanently is well-chosen and a great fit, and not hastily installed as a reaction to this shake-up.
  9. Nutcracker 2017

    Oh, how I wish Suzanne would return to the company in some important way!! Tiler is just so great!
  10. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I guess because Darci is Martins' wife and because she hasn't, as far as I know, evinced any interest in leading the company. My comment is not intended to slight her in any way; I just don't see this as a possibility.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I can't see Darci Kistler at all in this equation.
  12. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Kathleen, that is about as eloquent, sound and elegant a statement I've read on this subject and I thank you for it.
  13. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Oh, me, too. Thank you, yukion4869.
  14. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    This is distressing news, but why am I not surprised with sexual harassment allegations surfacing almost daily. My feeling is Martins will almost certainly step down. And it worries me - what direction will a new AD take our beloved company? Who to replace Peter Martins? I would love to see Suzanne Farrell, Kyra Nichols, Edward Villella or Damien Woetzel come on board, but perhaps except for Kyra, they're all longshots. Perhaps Heather Watts?