Sadly, many ballet schools and companies do not seem to be doing enough to preserve ballet's greatest asset -- its ability to transport an audience into their world. Ballet technique that explodes with meaning instead of fireworks is vastly lacking.
The average person will cringe at the sight of Christmas merchandise hitting the shelves and complain about the early onset of the season. For us it has been going on a while now. Yes, before Halloween, Nutcracker gets started.
I had a wonderful night at New York City Ballet the other night. The program, titled "Here and Now", focused on some of the company's newest works, and was kind of a celebration of the future, of 21st Century ballet.