BW Posted November 20, 2004 Report Share Posted November 20, 2004 Did anyone catch this article in The Austin American Statesman yesterday by Sandra Lomax entitled Where the boys are: American Ballet Theatre comes to Bass Concert Hall? Here's just a bit from the piece: Blame it on our Puritan heritage, but the fact remains that American parents don't think of classical ballet as a viable career for their sons. Men in tights just don't get the respect in the United States that they do in other countries. Never mind that spandex-clad athletes strut their stuff in the public arena without criticism; social conventions still deny many American boys the chance to study dance. Fortunately, there's no social condemnation for watching ballet dancers, especially the amazing men of the American Ballet Theatre, who perform at Bass Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday. Now boasting a roster of the world's top male dancers, ABT brings its star-studded company to town in a mix of contemporary and classical ballet. The men of ABT have created quite a stir in recent years, not only for their outstanding stage performances, but as stars of television documentaries such as "The Wild Bunch: The Leading Men of ABT" and Hollywood movies such as "Center Stage." These behind-the-scenes documentaries and "ballet dramas" demystify ballet dancers' lives, training, and sexual preferences, illustrating their dedication to an art form that's as arduous as any professional sport... ...Of the nine principal male dancers listed on ABT's roster, only one, Ethan Stiefel, is from the United States. Others hail from Argentina, Cuba, Spain and Brazil. What does this imply about the status of American male dancers? Quote Link to comment
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