Dear Mr. Sklute,
Sorry for writing you out of the blue, but I did want to compliment you on the focus you brought to artistry in the Guggenheim YAGP program. I watched the video yesterday, and I do think it’s people like you who will preserve and grow the fragile art form that is ballet. I am not a dancer – I am just an audience member – but it troubles me how often I am bored at the ballet. I keep going to performances for those rare moments when a dancer connects with the music and is really speaking through his/her movement. All the technique in the world means nothing if there’s not that artistry. Thank you for drawing attention to that in your comments to the young people dancing in the Guggenheim program. Your artistic sensibility makes me long to see Ballet West perform.