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  1. Winter 2018

    I really don't get the critisism of Wendy. I have a body like that. My spine is visible, ribs show when I bend a certain way, and hip bones stick out. Some of us are just built that way. I mean I get it if it's aethstetically displeasing to people; but I think people like to criticize her because they think she promotes an unhealthy body. She could in fact, be healthier than some dancers people consider the picture of health.
  2. 2018 Met Season

    Hi, I've never been to an ABT performance. Can someone answer a newbie question? How far in advance do they open up individual ticket sales?
  3. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I was adding to the conversation; not comparing the two.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    His recent DUI isn't helping his reputation.
  5. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    Another interview about her body (part 1) https://youtu.be/KIZhwPvtQj4
  6. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    From an interview 7 years ago: "When I was 12, they discovered that I had scoliosis. I wore a brace for about five years. I only took it off to dance and to bathe. Dancing was my release. I became aware of my weaknesses and of my strengths both physically and emotionally. I was well into my professional career when I was first criticized for being too thin, too angular and crooked. It was a shock after I had reached that pinnacle. I have a body where, if I drop a few pounds, it shows a lot. I wasn't trying to lose weight, but when you work hard during the season, you do. I felt defenseless. Even now, it can still feel harsh when a critic remarks on my “physicality" as a flaw in my dancing, because of all the effort I put into my body. It's my own personal house of cards, a serious work of art that I've spent decades building. It's truly not something I could or would ever change. Although a negative criticism will certainly sting, I don't dwell on it. I try to remind myself that nobody has a perfect body and no dancer is a perfect dancer. True beauty lies within each of us to create for ourselves the best we can with what we have been given."
  7. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    Well, I'm comparing her muscles to myself ;) Pretty impressive to me! Her arms and abs specifically. I've been skinny shamed my whole life, despite being healthy. I've been called "bag of bones". So, I feel for Wendy when the public calls pictures of her body "horrible".
  8. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    I don't think she should be ashamed of her body any more than an obese woman should be ashamed. She's insanely muscular. I think she's beautiful.
  9. Wendy Whelan -- Into The Future

    I don't think she's trying to send a message. Other than she's happy with her body. Good for her.
  10. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

  11. Kids describe Figure Skating

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  12. Winter 2018

    The old classics aren't old to those who have never experienced them. I just discovered ballet a few years ago and fell in love. I don't need new flashy works. It's going to take me a lifetime to see all of the "old" works. It saddens me that dance is not taught in public school as part of the arts. If people only knew how beautiful ballet is... shows would sell out like Broadway shows.
  13. Joy Womack

    I wonder if she would be happier as an artist if she had started in a Corp and gained the experience of working as just one of the group. I'm not judging her character when I say this, but I don't think she knows how to not be in the spotlight. Constant change and new opportunities is what she clearly craves. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    Alleged misconduct. Although I'm not quite sure what we're even discussing anymore. The annonymous claims? Or the whole organizations (alleged) guilt by association?
  15. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    2500 kids auditioned for SAB this year. I don't think they're having any problem moving on.