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Dance on the edge

August 22, 2004

As someone who lived in Los Angeles and worked in the dance community for a number of years, I find the situation that dance companies face extremely appalling.

When I read in Lewis Segal's very thorough article "Late for the Dance" (Aug. 8) that BalletFest, New World Flamenco Festival and more are being "hit" for extinction then I have to wonder -- are there any real champions of dance in Southern California? Everyone seems to care about the Bolshoi or American Ballet Theater, and there are always millions upon millions of dollars for big, opulent buildings, but now the bare pittance for dance companies is dwindling even more.

What Angelenos don't seem to realize is that there is a wealth of dance in Los Angeles. It's fun, it's creative, it's diverse, it's cutting-edge and it doesn't cost $75 a ticket to see. The dance community works so hard for so little. Take pride in our dance artists. They are some of the best in the country.

Serena Tripi

Houston

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