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Welcome to Ballet Alert!

The purpose of Ballet Alert! is to discuss classical ballet -- performances, issues, news. 


Anyone can read our message board. If you'd like to post on the board, though, you'll need to register. Registration is free. After you register, you will also be able to use our board search function.


We are an audience-based board; if you are looking to discuss ballet training, summer intensives, pointe shoes, ie, the "doer" subject, you want our sister board, Ballet Talk for Dancers.  We are separate boards with separate registration policies.  (You cannot register with free email domains like gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc.)  


Age Requirement.

You must be 16 or older to become a member of Ballet Alert!.


The Process:

  1. You fill out the registration form.
  2. We send a confirmation email (from gmail, address "ballet.alert.2") to the email address with which you're registered.
    1. If it doesn't come within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder.
  3. You click the link in the confirmation email.
  4. You can now post to the "Welcome" forum, but you post won't be visible until it's approved manually.
  5.  Within 48 hours, we check your registration info, and if everything's okay, we set your status to "New Member" and you can post anywhere on the board if you're logged in.
    1. If you enter initials for your names (or last name), or enter clearly fake/irrelevant information, we'll de-activate your membership.
    2. If you don't click the link in the confirmation email within 14 days, the system will delete your registration automatically.


After you've made 10 substantial posts, you'll become part of the "Member" group. Only Members can use Personal Messenger (PM), board email, and Member Search. (For details, please click here.)


Rules & Policies are found here. To troubleshoot common registration and New Member issues, please see our FAQ.


Ballet Alert! is a moderated site. Information on how our site is moderated can be found here.


What Ballet Alert! Is Not:

* A fan board. Expect that your favorite dancers and companies will be criticized as well as applauded. We encourage courteous, well-reasoned criticism. While we are primarily a site for audience members, critics and ballet professionals are always welcome to post.

* A marketplace. No video trading, links to free music downloads (unless offered commercially as a promotion by the publisher), or commercial offers.

* A chat board

* A place for self-promotion: If one of your first posts is "I'm looking for choreographers for my music" or "Here's a link to my gallery opening" it likely will be removed. Announcements are limited to members who have made a contribution to the discussion, with rare exception.


Sign-up Information:

You'll be asked to choose:

1. A username For username rules and guidelines, please see below.

2. A password


You'll also be asked for the following information:

3. Your email address. This will not be visible to the public. * There are some domains that have been blocked by our software provider because of the amount of spam they generate.

* It must be a working email, and we reserve the right to reject those that we think are offensive or otherwise unsuitable.

* It must be a permanent email, not temporary email such as mailinator.

* It may not be issued by an organization whose purpose is to provide email to block any trace.


4. Your First and Last Names: These will not be visible to the public*. They will be accessible to a limited number of administrators and you, but not non-Administrators, will be able to see them in your profile.

5. Connection to/Interest in ballet: This will be visible to Members.

6. City: This can be the nearest city or metropolitan area. This will be visible to Members.

7. State (US) Country (Outside US). This will be visible to Members.


You will also be asked a basic question, which cuts down on spam programs that automatically generate registrations and to type in the CAPTCHA challenge.

We are part of a large network of boards that use invisionpower software. They host our software,and they block users who have been reported by multiple boards as spammers. We know that this isn't foolproof in either direction.


Choosing a Username:

1. If you're a member of Ballet Talk for Dancers, we ask that you use the same username on both sites. If you are a BT4D member and have a child who is in pre-professional training and are concerned about anonymity if you use the same username, please use the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page and tell us your concern.

2. If you are under 18, please do not use your full name or last name as your username or in your signature.

3.The username is the name that will appear on your posts. If you do not want your real name to appear, especially if you are affiliated with a company or school, you may choose an alternative, as long as it doesn't misrepresent you as someone else. Once you've posted, it would take an extraordinary reason to change your username, unless you want to change to your real, full name. If you have posted and decide you want to leave, we'd be happy to deactivate you, but not delete you. We also have no control over the information retrievable from the Wayback Machine or other internet reposts or archives.

4. The No's:* Registering with your full name if you are under 18.

* Registering with someone else's name, including that of a dancer (who you're not) or other celebrity. If your name is the same as a well-known dancer, we'll ask you to choose another or add a second name or initial. (i.e., no "Misha," "Misha B," "Margot.") Adding “fan” is okay (ex: "Mishafan") is okay if not already taken. -->Not using your real name in your username is fine. Trying to make us think you're someone you're not is not.

* Using a name that we think is offensive, provocative, or otherwise unsuitable for the board, however tame it may seem, or how acceptable in another language. Examples of what we'd reject are "Stinky Feet" -- yes, someone tried -- "balletsucks," "ihatedirectorx."

* Using a name that is very close to another member name. (Example: "Michele" if we already have a "Michelle," “MishasFan” if we already have “Mishafan.”) -->We'll ask you to add a second name or initial, or to choose another username not based on a person name. We do this to protect both of you from being confused with each other.

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