David, congratulations on the very insightful story in NUVO (Hoppe, “Goodbye to Ballet Internationale,” Nov. 16-23). I love ballet. My 10-year-old daughter was a ballet academy student for four years. When they sent me an e-mail on Nov. 9 about closing, it felt like a stab, like the death of a close friend.

I think Aliev should not have gotten paid $100,000 a year if his company was in financial trouble. What about his “other expenses”? Frequent trips to Europe, how much did it cost? Another $100,000/year? Who was asking, counting, responsible? The board of directors seemed like a social club that tired to do anything. Company staff of over 15 people, including the position of “outreach coordinator,” I think could be cut in half.

You are right about missing a link with the community. But it seems to me that community, for the most part, is more interested in painting their faces in blue “Colts” colors and drinking beer at the tailgate parties than embracing the beauty of classical ballet.

I have not heard anything from the mayor and/or governor. Have you? Do they care at all? What about their art councils that are also part of the community?

Vladimir Ostrovsky

Carmel

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