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Week of December 25, 2002

Cracked Knuckles
He was just kidding: I was in an interview featured in the "Street Talk" section a few weeks ago ["Why Are You Such a Knucklehead?" November 13], in which I made some false, insulting comments concerning my teachers and my school, St. Louis Priory. I would like to make things right and set the record straight. I respect all of my teachers very much, and they are among the best professionals in their field. Priory is known as one of, if not the most, academically challenging schools in the area, and my comments reflected very poorly on the school, its faculty and its students. To all of these people, and to everyone who was led to think poorly of them by my words, I offer my sincerest apologies.
David Muccigrosso
via the Internet

Fancy Feet
Not a stepsister:There's no question that these are tough times for people in the arts, as they are for people in just about every occupation in the United States. But contrary to some of the statements in the "Muse" column of December 11 [Eddie Silva, "No Dancing"], we at Dance St. Louis have found a continuing appetite for contemporary dance among our sophisticated, informed, enthusiastic St. Louis audiences. If Dance St. Louis did not exist, the funding that we now receive from corporations would not go to other dance in St. Louis. It wouldn't happen at all. And St. Louisans would have to travel to Chicago and New York to see nationally and internationally renowned dance companies -- which only a few people in our Fox and Edison Theatre audiences can afford to do. I think it's grand that arts education and community outreach have become a priority with funders. Why would anyone in the arts community complain about this? We've found that this part of the Midwest has wonderful audiences for contemporary art -- and we're not alone. St. Louis has thriving contemporary theater, visual arts and music. A lack of funding or failure of "trickle-down" culture may not be the reason that audiences are not interested in local, contemporary choreography. If there are some ways in which dance is indeed "the neglected stepsister of the arts" in St. Louis, that's puzzling, and I would love to see Eddie Silva apply his considerable intellect to digging deeper into this issue.
Sally Brayley Bliss
Executive Director
Dance St. Louis

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