Ballet in Crisis

Two or three [pirouettes] can be discerned by an audience and appreciated individually, but five or ten can only be counted.*

George Balanchine

A topic of great concern to us, which we would like to discuss in these pages – especially in relation to the increasing commercialization of summer intensive programs – is the current trend of turning ballet or classical dance into a spectator sport.

We introduce this topic by inviting you to read this article by Alice Robb published a few days ago in The New Republic: “Ballet Is in Crisis Because It’s Turning Into a Sport“.

* As quoted by Mindy Aloff in her 1994 article in The New Republic, “The company he kept: What George Balanchine knew about feeling and form, and what his heirs don’t.

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