The State Of Ballet In Boston

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Performers in the Boston Conservatory Ballet (drgandy/Flickr)
Performers in the Boston Conservatory Ballet (drgandy/Flickr)

Ballet is in the news — and it's not all twirly tutus and pretty plies.

From Natalie Portman's portrayal of a tortured ballerina in the "Black Swan," to a New York Times dance critic remarking that the New York City Ballet principal ate a "sugar plum too many," ballet is getting some seriously bad press.

Critics claim the field is in dire need of reform and that the ballerina aesthetic promotes dangerous and destructive behavior in dancers. Ballet companies respond that they are more aware than ever of the pressures of professional dancing, and that wellness programs are in place to support dancers as they work their way to the top.

We'll take a closer look at the cultural underbelly of ballet, both here in Boston and across the country.


This segment aired on December 20, 2010.


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