Risa Gary Kaplowitz: Changing the Field of Dreams: How America and England Can Cultivate More Homegrown Ballerinas
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Dancer: Jillian Davis, Photographer: Michael Kendrick
Last month, New York Times dance critic, Alastair Macaulay, wrote an article on the dearth of American ballerinas. Some dancers felt that his ruminations were unfounded and the article caused an uproar on many of their Facebook feeds and blogs. But, a few weeks later, from across the pond, came an article featuring Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet's principal guest artist and his feelings about the lack of British ballerinas. Since this article was written by one of their own, dancers did more head scratching than head banging when they read it.
In the article, Mr. Acosta says, "If you don't have talent in your own backyard, you must go and find it." Certainly it appears that many companies in the United States and England are already doing so. For example, at American Ballet Theatre, christened in 2006 as "America's National Ballet Company", only two of its ten female principal dancers are American. The others are Sout
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