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    former student, avid fan, once fantasized about being a critic
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    Kathryn Morgan

    Pacific Northwest Ballet would probably be a good match.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Here's another disqualifying quote about Clifford from a 1987 LA Times interview with Johnna Kirkland: "The demise of the company, she says, can be blamed on 'John's egotism and the fact that he was easily threatened. The minute his administrators became effective, for instance, he would fire them. It was a case of the blind leading the blind.'" http://articles.latimes.com/1987-02-08/entertainment/ca-973_1_kirkland-ballet-gelsey It doesn't seem as though anything has changed since 1987. Clifford has had success choreographer and répétiteur. I would let him into the studio and lock him out of the office.
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    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    A company that functions as Tudor haven might have been possible if they had considered Amanda McKerrow. McKerrow, in addition to her esteemed career at ABT, was trained by Mary Day, danced with the Washington Ballet at the beginning of her career and is a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust.
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    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    I get the impression that the board of directors should have done a thorough study of the history of ballet in Washington. Their goal seems to be to recreate the National Ballet of Washington, that was directed by Frederick Franklin and Ben Stevenson. It lasted from 1963-1974 doing the classics and standard repetory. I'm only aware of this company because as a child I was taken to a performance of Cinderella with Margot Fonteyn when they performed at Brooklyn College. I kept the souvenir book for years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ballet_of_Washington,_D.C. If the current version of the company rejects it's own heritage for the standard model they may end up succeeding into oblivion.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    The Other Dances that Lane did with Cornejo during ABT's last visit to the Kennedy Center was pure ballet heaven.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Here's some disqualifying info. from the time one of his own companies folded. http://articles.latimes.com/1996-06-29/entertainment/ca-19543_1_los-angeles-ballet I think the phrase "a legend in his own mind" applies to Clifford.
  7. Thank you, Helene. I can't believe this thread is up to 66 pages already.
  8. Back the the party in the Washington, DC hotel room for a moment -- If the underage apprentices of 16 and 17 years, were not declared emancipated minors, are there any child labor laws that were violated by not having this group of people under supervision during nonworking hours?
  9. If Waterbury can inspire that kind of change, we might be seeing the balletic equivalent, in terms of impact, of the Libby Zion case. That case changed the rules about how many consecutive hours medical residents are allowed to be on call. The New York State medical establishment reevaluated and restructured their training programs. Her father Sidney Zion was the force leading to the systemic reforms. His NY Times obituary provides a brief summary of the events leading too and resulting from his daughter's death. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/nyregion/03zion.html
  10. Leaving reality 100 percent behind, I just had the thought that this situation will probably inspire a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, ripped from the headlines, episode next season. The idea of that team, led by the Olivia Benson character, conducting the investigation opposite the real life alleged perpetrators was a very satisfying fantasy.
  11. There is one issue that has not been addressed which could leave potentially vulnerable in the case or at the very least open up an IT headache that they probably never thought the need to deal with. Even if personal devices were used by the men in Waterbury's case, there is the possibility that company email addresses, WI-FI, and servers were used. The company then becomes, probably unknowingly, the provider of the distribution method of harmful messages and photos. I believe it has been established in cases involving businesses and government that there is no expectation of privacy if your material is routed through your employer's computer servers. The company code of conduct should contain a section on cyber-behavior (but even if the document is up to date, who reads the fine print?). I think we can agree that sending naked pictures of your girlfriend through the company internet servers is worse behavior than taking home a pad of little yellow sticky notes. The company resources have been misused in a way that harms employees and their personal associates and damages the company image as a desirable place to work for future employees, or an institution worthy of financial support from ticket sales and donations. The men named in the case have harmed both the company and the women in a manner that deserves more than a slap on the wrist. Whether the situation is resolved through civil and/or criminal litigation is up to the lawyers and the district attorney's office.
  12. There's also the tradition of having an extremely limited dating pool when dancers enter the feeder school at fourteen or fifteen and then continue into the company which is composed of people from the same source.
  13. I just came across this article from about a year ago, https://variety.com/2017/film/news/felicity-jones-swan-lake-luca-guadagnino-1202489132/amp/ I don't recall there being any discussion here, so I'm throwing it up on the board. I was reading an interview with Felicity Jones about playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Swan Lake movie was mentioned as her next project. It looks like all of the pieces needed for production haven't fallen into place yet. A director and scriptwriter are attached, but I saw no description of the plot, other than "she gets turned into a swan by a sorcerer." Does anybody know anything more or have any thoughts about it?
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Darla Hoover?
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    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    Alici Graf Mack has a "mixed marriage" with someone outside the dance community.😵 https://www.romper.com/p/alicia-graf-mack-thought-she-might-never-dance-again-then-she-became-a-mom-9001903 "Post-surgery, Graf Mack was bedridden and, for the first time in a while, at home with her husband Kirby Mack (whom she met at Columbia) and not on the road with Alvin Ailey. "