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  1. I certainly feel inadequately expert in legal matters to make any sort of analysis. My Law & Order TV watching from the mid-1990's is not helping me today. Honestly I feel rather dispirited today. After reading the amended complaint, the detail about a PNB dancer (then an SAB student) victimized, the news coming out of the US Senate for the current candidate for the Supreme Court, and the manner in which alleged victims of Peter Martins were treated by the "investigator / interrogator", I have a rather low opinion of how boys are raised in my country, how we shape them into men, and how we treat women who allege abuse. Even if the women continue to "hold up the sky" at NYCB, will much change? Will men still have the instruments and (more important) psychology to want to exploit them? Are the dancers who defended Peter Martins and 2 of the 3 fired danseurs complicit in the patriarchy at NYCB? Do they owe too much of their career progression to these men to see what they have done?
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    Color Me Blue

    It has been dispiriting, for sure. I just refer to the long arc of the art: in the future, more talent will emerge, more revelations will grace the stage, and more care will be given to the professionalism backstage. I've been yearning for an essay that "explains it all" when it comes to the psychology of men who are tempted into this type of behavior to know what makes them tick. And to wonder if redemption is possible, and what it might look like. The difficult thing about social media is the impossibility to divine the true intentions (fantasy or malignant intention) in posting their words. We all have social media and emails that we would take back if we could. But the normalization of typing out these malignant words on the internet without realizing consequences needs to be examined.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I'm not a NYer so I can only suggest from afar that if NYCB is short on appropriate male partners for roles he already knows.....he could save the day.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Perhaps Ballet Master Craig Hall might return to the stage to partner?
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    Joy Womack

    I sense a void that she hopes to fill by becoming "important" through ballet. She tried to do that by being a "first" American Bolshoi school graduate, then a "first" American Bolshoi Corps member, then a "first" Kremlin soloist (she says principal). All that time vlogging. None of it filled that void. Her interview discussed her "ground breaking" views that American ballet companies don't get enough government funding and the dancers don't have enough performances to be considered pro dancers. Then she went to Korea, this time as a true principal, still didn't fill the void. Now she has returned to Moscow to try to fill the void by writing a PhD thesis on sports therapies for ballet dancers that will be "important" and the Russian ballet leaders will "change" things. If she is truly interested in studying sports science in ballet, she should visit The Australian Ballet, which famously put David Hallberg back together again (among other international dancers). I know she is only 24, and I was certainly very insecure at 24 too. We all want to feel important and needed. But she is doing this on blast through social media. I really wish she would take a year off from vlogging, and really do a full reset, and figure out why that void exists. I hope she closes the void and can find her path forward. She may need a different kind of professional assistance to figure this out.
  6. I read the whole thread, and while I agree with many points already made, this letter omits three important details: Organization remedy for the donor's multiple incidents of appalling behavior. Organization remedy for the other NYCB-connected participants in the group-share of explicit photos / videos. Organization remedy for the NYCB employee who forwarded explicit photos / videos of Ms. Waterbury to a pimp. Other thoughts: There have been all sorts of corporate cases where employees were bad actors on company time, without company permission, and the company still had to pay out a settlement, or lost a lawsuit and had to pay damages. Phones have date/time stamps, location stamps, etc and that is going to come back to haunt some people who gave in to temptation. The culture blossomed under Peter Martins' management, and continued after despite the #metoo movement. This does not develop overnight. If the organization tried to dissuade a victim from pursuing a legal complaint after a sexual assault in Vail, City of Washington, or other place, then there may be other legal consequences. The dancers are athletes, and are paid to keep their bodies in tip top shape. Avoiding Colombian marching powder seems pretty straightforward. So does showing up to class sober, and keeping a hotel room in good order. The male dancers thought they were untouchable, but in reality, they are completely replaceable. NYCB doesn't even have to look internationally to find replacements. They can just ask Justin Peck who he's worked with at other companies (SFB, MCB, PNB, HB, etc), and reach out to those men. Maybe we need to let go of the concept that slavish devotion to a sport or an artform develops character. I think it develops work ethic, but not character. Social media puts traditional office gossip / shenanigans / relationships on steroids. I am so glad I was a young person when email was the only thing that got us into trouble. POST SCRIPT: The donor's name has been omitted as a legal tactic. I'm sure the ABT corps members are not thrilled to be included in his misogynist fantasy, nor to be included in the legal claim or multiple media reports. I'm sure they are having their own revenge fantasies of throwing drinks in his face and giving the donor a hard slap at the next fundraiser.
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    2017-18 Season

    Second the McIntyre recommendation.
  8. Goodness the thread has strayed from the original discussion topic. But I must correct the error: Shaun King is bi-racial, his mother is white and his biological father was mixed black and white. https://www.snopes.com/news/2015/08/19/shaun-king/ Also, if you did not grow up with American minstral shows or segregated Hollywood, the offensive “clown show” is harder to wrap your brain around. To put it in better context, think of the Andy Rooney “chinaman” in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
  9. The Joe Weight version has a wonderful cast, and it is desperately flawed.
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    RIP Denis Tan

    Shocking, just 25 years of age, and for car mirrors!
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    "Dancing Through It"

    It will be interesting to watch the AD job evolve over time in the US.
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    RB promotions

    And 10 years after her last promotion, Yuhui Choe remains a First Soloist.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    GeXer here, I remember the mid 90’s trying to teach you a few grey haired folks how to fax. In Japan, even today faxes are still used for confirmation documents because the courts recognize them as legally binding, judges distrust e-signatures, etc as too easy to manipulate. Fax away! Now, if a Millenial will please help me figure things out my smart phone....
  14. Don Quixote: ABT version with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the Bolshoi version with Natalia Osipova.