The Death of Dance
THE SOURCE: “Last Rites” by Sara Hamdan, in First Things, Aug.–Sept. 2010.
Only a few decades ago, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev graced the covers of national magazines. Today, dancers and choreographers find that even a steady income, let alone this degree of fame, is nearly impossible to attain. According to Sara Hamdan, herself a former dancer, “the dance world is crumbling, and young dancers . . . are training for a profession that grows smaller and less significant by the year.”