I take issue with gunnersc above statement. I have watched Robert Ivey Ballet for the past 2 years since Mr. Ivey died. For anyone to try to compare CBT and RIB has to have a hidden agenda. I know for a fact that the Artistic Director and Assistant Director receive no money for all the work they do. They work 80 weeks with no pay. By all means this makes them "greedy figureheads". The downfall of CBT has hurt my friends and so many in the Charleston. People do not want to donate money to the ballet after what has happened with CBT.
I love the arts but I am not a dancer. I have supported the arts with my wallet many times and will continue.
If everyone knew what was going on at CBT then why in the world did the board/boards not fire the entire artistic and business staff? If all of these problems still remained from the last implosion ( last year) they should not have hired dancers for this season. If they cleaned house maybe it would have instilled some confidence in the public and given the board a chance to audit the books and work on solutions with out the strain of payroll on top of all of the other expenses.
Options were available to save the CBT's name and give it new life. The board could have closed out the old nonprofit and try to merge the company with one of the other ballet companies in Charleston. This would have consolidated market share and given the city something good to talk about. The Arts are in peril but if they huddle together they will find a way to survive. I know that some of you may not believe me but Charleston's best Ballet performances did not come from CBT this year.
Enough with supporting a CBT who has proven itself time and time again to be a real failure. Remember the city has more than one professional ballet company.
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