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  1. "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    But it requires women, in classical ballet, to dance on pointe. If that changes, I doubt we'll refer to it as classical ballet. I think classical ballet will always exist in its current form, but that modern/contemporary ballet companies will emerge more and more. But a company calling itself "classical" and hiring a dancer who can't dance on pointe? I don't think that's realistic. I think the demand for its current form will always be there, because it's so beautiful, and again, there's nothing "wrong" with the way it is. It's art, it's subjective.
  2. "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    I think he was talking about classical ballet which, although didn't start out the way it now, has been the same for quite some time now. I read the whole conversation on his page. Ashley Bouder's suggestion that the future of ballet could include dancers who are not trained on pointe, is an interesting one. I don't think that's realistic at all. Those dancers will always be viewed as modern/contemporary, in my opinion. It's all just opinion really; I didn't read into his statement that it's what ballet can or can't be, simply what it is, and what he expects it to continue to be. But I digress, only he knows what he actually meant.
  3. "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    He is comfortable with the way things are...he didn't say he's against change. I don't have a problem with his statements. The way he likes ballet isn't wrong (in my opinion), it's just his view/preference. I understand what everyone is saying...I just don't view it the same way.
  4. 2017 Fall Season

    I am so enjoying the reviews of each of the female O/O's; keep them coming!
  5. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    That makes sense. I didn't know that about Kistler.
  6. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    Of course! And I'm not saying any of us wouldn't react the exact same way. I guess I'm just noting, wow, she has an incredible life! Her biggest problem, perhaps, was not really a problem, but just a painful transition. She lived her dream. And Martins gave her the option of still continuing, she said that in the documentary. Even though he was essentially asking her to step down, could he have been any nicer about it? I'm not sure why anyone would see him in a bad light. Just my personal reaction when watching this. Would love to read others opinion's on this.
  7. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    Honestly when I watched the scenes where she was in tears about being taken out of roles I thought- how nice for you that this is the biggest problem in your life! I really love her as a dancer, she had a fantastic, long career- what more could she have asked for? Was she going to dance til she was 60 (at NYBC)? I think Martins gave her the tough love she needed.
  8. 2017 Fall Season

    Where can I view the Wendy Whelan documentary?
  9. Great dancers&great choreography

    That is a great point stage right!
  10. I apologize; I'm sensitive about this particular topic, so I'll just bow out of the discussion.
  11. Yes dirac, thank you for correcting me on that, I did mean drug abuse.
  12. I think most people are aware that drug use is a serious and complicated problem. I don't think it's OK to speculate and read into a statement like "she's fine". Frankly, the whole situation is none of our business. I hate how celebrities get hounded. It in no way affects ballet students at SAB.
  13. Natural vs. forced performance

    *I don't see a lot of live ballet so maybe my thoughts here are somewhat off because I mostly watch videos/youtube: There are some very very good technical dancers, that are said to have that "performance qaulity" but to me look like they're just trying *really really* hard to impress the audience. Others, just seem to be dancing as if there is no audience, and there's a natural performance qaulity about them. I liken this to good and bad actors- they're all saying the lines, but I can't quite put my finger on WHY this or that actor is bad, I just know they are (of course, just my opinion). I'd love to hear your thoughts about forced/natural performance qaulity in dancer's. I don't know if I want to mention specific dancers; not wanting to offend anyone.
  14. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    They could get away with not having social media self-marketing only because they are a generation behind Copeland; when it wasn't popular/necessary.
  15. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I understand. Speculation on my part.