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Boston Ballet & the Sorry State of Dance

Dance companies are, at best, a precarious proposition. Even the largest of them seem to live on the edge financially with little room for miscalculation. The past six months have been particularly difficult.

Boston Ballet seems on the verge of imploding after a couple of difficult years. Last week the company staged a wholesale purge of its roster, firing nine dancers (the company awkwardly prefers to call the moves "non-reengagement") reportedly at the behest of incoming artistic director Maina Gielgud.

This week Gielgud abruptly quit even before she had officially joined the company, and the fingerpointing has begun. But even before recent events, the company has been shaky:

Boston is only part of the troubled dance picture worldwide:






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