Music: Ballet Underground

Ballet has become such a big business that it has almost forgotten how to be an art. Promoters demand more & more "premieres" to ballyhoo; and most of the quickie new works are shoddy. Promising dancers, instead of toiling faithfully to become ballerinas, have taken easier and better-paying Broadway jobs. Big, expensive ballet companies are losing money competing with each other on the road.

Last week Sol Hurok, ballet's Barnum, who has done as much as anyone to make the art an industry, confessed in Variety: "Ballet, we must admit, is not an essential...

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