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New York City Ballet

Posted by Shannon

Well, the New York City Ballet can’t say my blog didn’t warn them about the hazards of letting dancers speak. A year later, they’re negotiating a social media policy to cope with dancers whose tweets are even more pointed than their feet.

Did Cassandra feel this tingly when her predictions came true? Would it be wrong to hang out a shingle as a psychic? Fifteen years of interviewing the pointe-shoe-and-tulle crowd taught me that every tight corps harbours many a loose cannon, so I was amused when company publicity hounds were trumpeting their on-trend dancers to the New York Times last March.   - Read more

Posted by Shannon

The New York Times is all a-twitter about New York City Ballet dancers being, well, all a-Twitter.

Several are using the bumper sticker of social media to tweet about their feet and various other concerns at intermission, in the physiotherapist's office, or on the bus.

I’m not sure of the wisdom of letting dancers speak directly to the public. Fifteen years as a dance critic taught me that letting dancers speak for themselves rarely ends well – for the companies that is.

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