Avoiding the "F" word wasn't a conscious decision on my part. Rather, I accepted the game that was in place. I sized things up from the standpoint of what I needed to do to succeed. I learned the rules and played as well as I could. That all changed on December 5, 2000.
It's going to take generations, time, creation of jobs, a different economy and a total shift of perception for ballet to take on a point of view where women are no longer the sylphs, but the ladies in charge.