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Tapfan

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  1. Then why was Kathryn hired in the first place?
  2. The former City Ballet dancer becomes the first Black female member of the School of American Ballet’s permanent faculty. Yes, it’s a big deal according to the New York Times. It's about time.
  3. I forgot about the Waterbury protests. From my vantage point, they seemed to be sort of puny. But of course, I wasn't on site to observe the number of participants nor the length of time they demonstrated. But yes, yes, yes. Ballet has a massive PR problem that the art's gatekeepers seem at best, unable to tackle and at worst, seem indifferent to. The Russian guardianship seems to be particularly static and proud of it.
  4. The descriptor Latinx is tricky to define even by members of the community itself. But doesn't it generally refer to an ethnicity or culture more than a race? After all, many Latin dancers look and self-identify as white. I'm happy to see so many black students - especially females - in the upper levels of SAB. But I'll believe real change has come when substantial numbers actually get hired by the company and aren't just used in photos for the school's brochure. Such a pity that American National Ballet theater went down in flames. It would have been nice to see a comp
  5. I doubt that ballet has a high enough profile for most people to bother. I'm constantly surprised by the number of people who one would consider to be culturally expansive and sophisticated in their knowledge of art, who don't give a flying fig about ballet. I suspect this may be because classical dance in even its more esoteric forms isn't totally inaccessible. But the culture surrounding ballet frequently is.
  6. I knew Tanya Howard was mixed-race but I had no idea that Jordana Daumec was biracial until she showed up at Theresa Howard's Mobballet symposium in Philadelphia. I thought Jordana was a curly-haired Caucasian. Serves me right for being so smug about what I thought was very accurate racial radar. Anyway, NBC is like most ballet companies, not so much racist as culturally myopic and indifferent to social changes because few things can pierce the bubble of classical dance. Someone always has to show out to get their attention. This is so weird and self-defeating when you consid
  7. I suspect that most people in positions of power simply don't see lack of representation as a problem, especially since they can always double down on the lie that no qualified black people are out there. And THAT is the problem. As has been said before on this very forum, AD's don't have to justify their preferences which frequently exclude black dancers.
  8. Although it's gotten better, ballet was and continues to be a very conservative and insular world. Some of the art form's gatekeepers, taste-makers and biggest supporters like it for those very reasons. The fastest way to make people lose their minds when speaking about classical dance, is to mention race and representation - especially black female representation. According to the powers that be, predominately white companies in the West are always justified in their lack of black women because black women are always too something. Too muscular, too lacking in refinement and tale
  9. She's a huge favorite at Theresa Ruth Howard's Mobballet Instagram site. She's so beloved there that they have something going called "Fogo Fridays" where they post videos of her dancing almost every Friday. She's has killer technique, superb musicality and is hella charismatic. I'm betting that Manuel Legris hates losing her. Also, she becomes just the 2nd woman with black ancestry to make it to the rank of principle in one of America's "big three" companies. She should be a major draw for black audience members.
  10. If authenticity is so vital, why dance La Bayadere at all? Most dancers in Russian companies aren't South Asian. Doesn't that make their portrayals inaccurate? But they allow themselves that amount of artistic license. They should take a cue from film director Mike Leigh who knew better than to make up his white actors as Asian when they were performing the Mikado in the film Topsy Turvy. Yellow face would have been a historically accurate theatrical practice during the film's setting but was NOT used. The N-word was also omitted from one of the Gilbert and Sullivan tunes performed.
  11. I don't take that to mean that she is sanctioning picking on teens. I took it to mean that the Bolshoi has retrograde racist attitudes that they excuse by calling it tradition. I hate I brought this up because I truly thought this would be a non-controversial topic on which even the most conservative and traditionalist of ballet fans would agree. But the topic seems to have been hijacked to focus on the topic of online bullying. Bullying is wrong. The people who bullied those teens are wrong. I even agree that PERHAPS Copeland should have been more careful not to make it easy or eas
  12. Michaela DePrince doesn't speak constantly about racism. No black classical dancer does, not even Misty, although many of her critics may think otherwise. But Michaela has spoken about race from time to time. She said she was told by a teacher that they don't spend much time on the "black girls" (ballet students) because they end up getting fat. She also said that after graduating from JKO, she secured an audition sight unseen - at a ballet company on the west coast but was denied entry to the audition when she showed up even though she had I.D. Precious Adams has also spoken abo
  13. Who defended the harassment of innocent girls?
  14. For heavens sake. If the Bolshoi is that much of a pressure cooker, they have major problems that have nothing to do with what Misty says or does. Also, the powers that be at the Bolshoi haven't missed a single opportunity to express how right they feel they are about their artistically vital blackface-loving tradition, so none of the girls are in trouble with management for Copeland's remarks.
  15. I don't expect Russian students to protest blackface or yellowface. I do expect major ballet companies like the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky to know better and to do better. And as was stated in the linked article, the Bolshoi's excuse that it was tradition, was beyond lame. They responded as they did out of arrogance, like dare I say..... spoiled teens.
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