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  1. Curious that no one has posted about Prodigal Son on Wednesday night with Joaquin de Luz and Maria Kowroski. It was so amazing. I didn't think that the partnering would work due to the difference in their height but Joaquin seemed so young, vulnerable, and powerless against Maria's femme fatale siren. I'll definitely be there on Sunday for joaquin's farewell.

  2. 38 minutes ago, KayDenmark said:

    As I've said before, Finlay is responsible for his own bad choices that made him the central character in this drama. If I were him, I'd leave the ballet business. Perhaps his partying and unimpressive dancing represented a man at war with himself - someone who on some level wanted to quit but on another level wouldn't allow himself to.

    There's certainly a self-destructive element to Finlay's behavior, especially his dissemination of the photos/videos to a wide group of recipients and the loan of his laptop to Waterbury. It's almost as if he wanted to get caught.

  3. 4 minutes ago, Quiggin said:

    Steichen. A little over the top. He claims that Balanchine (completely is implied) destroyed Farrell's career.

    From a review of Farrell's autobiography:

    It was true that she (Farrell) didn’t have to sleep with Balanchine to be cast in his ballets, but that didn’t mean that the person she chose to sleep with instead would be cast in his ballets. Mejia did not have a large repertory, but what he had he began losing. Finally one evening when Mejia was not given a role that he felt was his due—Symphony in C, third movement—Farrell issued an ultimatum: if Mejia didn’t dance in Symphony in C that night, they would both quit. To her utter astonishment, Balanchine took her up on it. Not only was Mejia not added to the casting sheet for Symphony in C, but Farrell, who was to have danced the second movement, was stricken from it, and as she was sitting in her dressing room preparing for the evening’s performance the wardrobe mistress, weeping, came to take her tutu away. Her resignation had been accepted.

    She seems not to have believed it at first. She told The New York Times that Balanchine was being bad, and that was what the problem was: “All of a sudden he’s acting unadmirably and I can’t dance for him when he’s acting that way.”10 She also went—with Mejia—to the theater one night to use a studio to practice in. They were turned away. Eventually it dawned on her. “I was a dancer without a job, and I felt as homeless as any bag lady.”


  4. 3 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

    One of the most interesting new items (I think it's new) is that the complaint claims there were no established rules or code of conduct for how NYCB dancers should be interacting with SAB students. That seems like a big mistake on NYCB/SAB's part, if that's true.

    Yes, I was wondering if "former SAB students" implies that they were SAB students at the time their photos were distributed via email (e.g. paragraph 83).

  5. 5 minutes ago, balletforme said:

    Yes, in France, Greece, South America, Australia, and Asia as well.

    Anecdotally, many of my friends who are not ballet fans have heard of and expressed shock over the negative publicity,

  6. Dance Magazine: The Dance Community Responds to NYCB's Firing of Amar Ramasar & Zachary Catazaro

    The Union Plans To Push Back

    The dancers' union, American Guild of Musical Artists, also announced that they would challenge the decision to fire Ramasar and Catazaro. They told the NYT that the firings "relate entirely to non-work related activity and do not rise to the level of 'just cause' termination."

    Of course, it is AGMA's responsibility to ensure that dancers are only fired for "just cause." Yet shouldn't it also fall on the union to make sure that dancers can work in a safe environment, and protect the women at the center of the degrading conversations that have been alleged? It will be interesting to see how they balance these two obligations.

  7. Wall Street Journal - New York City Ballet Faces Fundraising Test as It Comes Under Scrutiny Over Treatment of Female Dancers

    As it prepares to launch its season Tuesday night, New York City Ballet is faced with a singular financial challenge in light of a headline-grabbing lawsuit.

    Namely, how to raise the millions of dollars the 70-year-old institution needs when its treatment of its female dancers has come under scrutiny.


    The company said the move to ultimately terminate Messrs. Catazaro and Ramasar came “after further assessment of their conduct and the impact on the NYCB community.”


    Fundraising consultants and dance professionals say the decision to fire Messrs. Catazaro and Ramasar sends the signal that the company is taking the allegations very seriously. But they also say the situation could stop some donors from contributing.

    “It will definitely have an impact on fundraising,” said Juan José Escalante, executive director of the New York-based José Limón Dance Foundation and a former financial administrator at New York City Ballet. Mr. Escalante added that while it is difficult to put an estimate on the decline, he said, “I think it is reasonable to assume anywhere between a 5 to 10% hit.”


    The company expressed confidence that it won’t be affected financially by the news of recent weeks. “We have been very grateful for the messages of support that the company has been receiving from members of the NYCB community including donors and ticket buyers,” said Mr. Daniels, the company spokesman.

  8. If I’m reading this quote from NY Times correctly, the dancers and staff at NYCB wanted Catazaro and Ramasar fired?

    “The company said in a statement on Saturday that after hearing the concerns of dancers, staff members and others in the City Ballet community, it had decided to fire Mr. Ramasar and Mr. Catazaro. (The statement also said the company had already made the decision to fire Mr. Finlay when he resigned.)”



  9. On 9/12/2018 at 12:33 PM, Olga said:

    Lauren Lovette posted these in the comments section of her recent (love to the ladies) post:


    • “...thank you so much for your comment ❤️ good is doing more than is being publicized right now... so many of us may not be posting on social media specifically about this, but it doesn't mean that we are staying silent or remaining idle. I promise we are fighting for a safe work environment too. Love to you


    I just noticed Megan Fairchild's (@mfairchild17) comment as well:

    "So perfectly put Lauren!!! Sometimes it's not the most natural for women to do so, especially in our competitive environment..."

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