You may take issues with my above statement arts lover, as it is your right to your opinion as I have a right to mine. As for me having a hidden agenda, I have none. My point is that I have done business with RIB before Mr. Ivey had passed, and had much better success, than I have since his passing. I do find it funny that you wished for the CBT to try to merge the company with one of the other ballet companies in Charleston. And you also state "I know that some of you may not believe me but Charleston's best Ballet performances did not come from CBT this year." Who has the hidden agenda here? If you know the Artistic Director, as well as the Assistant Director as you claim, then you know first hand that both of these institutions are in financial dispair. I know a few of these dancers personally, who all have claimed that their contracts have been broken, just as CBT had done.
So, in closing, it would be hard for me to have a hidden agenda here, as I cannot dance, instruct, or do any of the things that these preformers do. My only agenda here is to give credit to the DANCERS, and let their story be told.
This seems to be the norm with the ballet companies here in Charleston. While I havent had any dealings with the CBT, I have had dealings with the RIB. As a business, I thought that buying an add for a season preformance would help out the ballet, as well as helping me out with advertising. I was wrong. They printed my add wrong, and I have not recieved an apology or anything to make things right. I also know that they are in the same boat as CBT in not paying the dancers, and upholding the contracts. As a supporter of the arts, and our young aspiring preformers, I would hate to see these fine outstanding talents go to waste. Its time that the preformers from the Charleston Ballet Theatre, and the Robert Ivy Ballet cut ties with the greedy figureheads that control them, and start a new Ballet. One that is for the love of the art, and NOT a get rich scheme based on the backs of unsuspecting young talent who are left in the cold when the companies refuse to pay for their hard work and sacrifice. These boards need to remember, they could do nothing without the talent taking the stage. They owe them more than any contract could determine.
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