There's a new brief clip for the NYCB/AOL "television" program citi.ballet that was uploaded this morning at on.aol.com. It's about pointe shoes, which is fine, but Haglund hopes that the dancers will learn to curb and cure their on-camera upspeak at the end of sentences and their use of the word "like" which, like, drives him, like, crazy?
The Executive Editor of Bloomberg.com's arts and culture section says It’s shocking how little attention is paid to the boards that control our cultural institutions and then lays aim at the Board of Directors of New York City Opera for their incompetence that led to the company's demise. See City Opera's Board Should Be Pillored.
After Haglund's exposé on ABT's gross exaggeration of their pointe shoe expenses on the solicitation page of the website, the company revised their wording from claiming that they spend "over five hundred thousand dollars on pointe shoes each year" to "nearly five hundred thousand dollars on pointe shoes each year." It's still a bald-faced lie. $385k doesn't qualify as nearly $500k anywhere on earth. Perhaps we should also examine to see if those solicitation claims on the website that a JKO student's scholarship costs $5,000-$10,000 annually compare accurately with all of the real individual scholarships handed out.
An ex-dancer of the Smuin Ballet transitioned into a career in Anthropology and is being credited with an important discovery of primitive scrappers used by Neanderthal people. She says that she's pretty good with bones.