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nicolc

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  1. 22 hours ago, abatt said:

    I don't think NYCB has a diversity of dancing styles.  That's why they hire almost all of the main company from SAB, where all the students have learned  Balanchine technique.

    Disagree.  There is a huge diversity within the style as well.  Why isn't Sara Mearns the same as Ashley Bouder the same as Megan Fairchild?  They all graduated from SAB.  It's Because of DIVERSITY!!!!


  2. 20 hours ago, abatt said:

    I don't think NYCB has a diversity of dancing styles.  That's why they hire almost all of the main company from SAB, where all the students have learned  Balanchine technique.

    Even within that training, there is great diversity of style and technique!!!  How can you notice bodies to comment on "one pound or five pounds" and not notice the diversity of style and technique within the company????  Seems like we emphasize too much on body weight and less on dancing.  


  3. Diversity is an emphasis for this company.  Not just diversity of color, but diversity of dancing styles, musicality, thinking, and body types.  I embrace the fact that this is not a homogeneous group of white, emaciated, string beans.  We need to encourage this diversity to protect mental health amongst our dancers.  


  4. The most important critique you can make about a dancer is their dancing ability, musicality and stage presence -- weight comments, at the 5 pound mark, are not valid and, in fact, are very detrimental to the mental health and psyche of all dancers.  


  5. Ahhh!  I love reading reviews that finally end in embracing dancing above physicality!  Thank you for your honest review RoyalBlue!  All too often dancers are hired and assessed for their physical looks and not their superb dancing ability, athleticism, and musicality = their art,  


  6. As a former parent I can say this to be true:  Many times, these underage dancers are not sharing what is really happening with their parents -- particularly parents of dancers who are not living in NY.  Especially in light of the fact that these girls know if they did share, any parent in their right mind would pluck them out of that environment in a heartbeat, ending or delaying their hard won career opportunities at NYCB.  There is a culture of silence in that environment that needs to change.  I hope, for SAB/NYCB sake, that when they move forward from this debacle, they move with the intent of providing non-biased advocates for these young students and provide an environment where honestly is valued.    There needs to be a  pivotal change in culture moving forward.  

     


  7. Aurora - I do not advocate a police state -- I advocate a drug-free society.  I also am a public education educator who was submitted to a drug test before employment.  My four children and all of their friends are submitted to drug tests for employment as well.   I do not intend for dancers, or any human, to go to jail, but to get the help and counseling they need to lead a fulfilling, drug-free, and healthy career in dance.  Because it would better the situation that exists today.  And I speak from direct experience.  

     

    You make false equivalencies when you equate my desires to those of Donald Trump.  I acknowledge a problem that many brush under the rug in this area.  And I hope I get what I want, because what I want is for the greater good.  


  8. I disagree wholeheartedly.  Scarce resources should be spent on the health of the dancers.  Mandatory drug testing should be done at all feeder schools that are connected to professional companies as well.  ;)  You can not leave this up to Artistic Directors as they can have a conflict of interest of sorts.  For example, teachers and/or artistic directors are involved in recreational drug use as well or encouraging unhealthy eating disorders by praising students for looking "really good and working hard", when in fact they induced vomiting right before class.    Education is key, but is only effective to those who are open to receiving it.  


  9. I am certainly going to follow up with her on this conversation on many levels.  It is amazing what people will say to you to make you question the validity of a complimentary review that was written about one's daughter's performance.  The green-eyed monster strikes again.  Thanks for your input.  

     


  10. I was having a conversation about reviews written in New York Times, Broadway Review, etc. with a friend, and she told me that "you know, all of those reviews are paid for by the ballet companies."  Is this true?  I am deeply disturbed and intrigued by the potential honesty of this statement.  Any feedback out there about the integrity of published ballet reviews?

     

     


  11. Travel alerts for american traveling to Europe have put a block in my consideration of travel to Paris this summer. I wonder if NYCB will take this into consideration? The State Department has issued a warning. "Credible information indicates terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Qa’ida and its affiliates continue to plot near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

    European authorities continue to warn of the possibility of attacks conducted by lone individuals inspired by extremist organizations that could occur with little to no warning. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services, transportation systems, and public venues where people congregate. Authorities believe there is a high likelihood terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL return from Syria and Iraq. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable."


  12. Just to add, DD gave up several offers from regional companies to pursue her education. She is so happy to be pursuing her degree in medicine too. She just finished her EMT training and, as for her college experience, "has never been in a more supportive environment in her life." This reflection is after attending an infamous U.S. ballet school since she was 14! Oh, and "it's great to be around people who eat three meals a day." She made the right choice -- for herself mentally, emotionally, and for her future! I think "burnout" was a good thing for her!


  13. I guess I'm lost on the stereotypes people put on ballet dancers. It used to be that black skin wasn't the color of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Now, with Misty Copeland, the stereotypes have broadened and, as a result, ballet has been enriched. I think ballet needs to shake the idea that tall, lanky, blonde women are preferred in any role. I think its time for ballet to widen its ideas about stereotypes in ballet. Artistic Directors as well need to start thinking outside of the box when it comes time for body proportions. I have a strong preference for what I like to see in ballerinas, but I am in no way saying my ideas are correct, and that is my point. Let's move beyond and make ballet more accessible to all people of all body types. I guarantee you will see some amazing dancing in the future -- not just models.


  14. I can only think of one reason they didn't rehire her -- weight. Her disease is in control, evidenced by her recent activities in the dance world. While I do not disagree with hiring apprentices who have the potential to be developed, ignoring Kathryn's assets as a dancer is a flaw in judgment. Having watched her perform would convince anyone of this.


  15. How can a company not have a "need" for a technically gifted and artistic and experienced dancer like Morgan? I saw both Lovette and Morgan dance, and, Lovette does not hold a candle to her----in my opinion. But...Lauren doesn't have any weight issues.


  16. If NYCB is so accepting of other body types, then why won't they rehire Kathryn Morgan? She has excellent technique, artistry, musicality, and performance experience. Further, they have invested so much in her development as a professional. And yet......nothing.

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