I also think those of you who are hoping for more dance are delusional--not in the sense that I don't want to see it too, but in the sense that this is a CW reality show who knows that a) hardly under the age of 50 goes to see ballet anymore, so why would they bother tuning it to see it on TV? and b) their core audience is probably 13-18-year-old ballet students who are invested in the romance storylines. I do think that they could stand to focus less on the romantic storyline and more on the built-in drama of the ballet world, though. Professional rivalries between dancers, the stress of constantly feeling new dancers breathing down your neck, how the dancers deal with other people's unprofessional behavior, how the dancers relate to Adam as he jerks their self-esteem up and down by handing out or withholding roles, haha--all that stuff is ripe for drama, and the Rex/Allison stuff could easily be pushed to the background. (Of course, it's possible that Adam won't allow the cameras to focus on that kind of thing for fear of unnecessarily playing up drama in the work environment.) There is no way we're ever going to get more dance, though.
I love that the one article tried to play the Rex/Allison storyline off as a will-they-or-won't-they? when the entire season has just consisted of Allison saying "no" a hundred different ways. Where's the drama in that? That ending was so pathetic--they should have just ended it with Adam going to New York. Even if they couldn't show more of the auditions and his decisions because the contracts were still up in the air at that point, an ominous mention of how next year's dancers could shake everything up would have worked much better as an ending. That said, while Allison is totally opposed to a relationship with Rex now, I think that if he ever bothers to actually try to get over her for real, she'll come running back so fast his head will spin. If we get a season 2, I don't think there's any way it won't open with either Allison and Rex officially together or her back together with her ex--she needs the attention too much to just be alone.
I'm surprised everybody's digging Beckanne so much! Between the humble-bragging and the passive-aggressive potshots at other dancers, she comes across as totally obnoxious to me. "Well, most dancers don't get to do these roles until they're way older than little ol' me . . ." "I don't want to brag to everyone in the company about my profile in Dance magazine, so I'm just going to brag to the one person who I know will brag for me." This episode's "Well, some dancers don't like reading reviews because they're upset when they don't get mentioned" was especially hilarious--I'm not sure if she actually meant for that to be aimed at Allison or if it was just the editing, but it was funny solely because I'm sure Allison, in that particular case, after her disastrous performance, was just happy not to be mentioned at all. I do think that Beckanne is a sweet girl, but I don't think the other dancers' avoidance of her is solely due to professional jealousy. She doesn't really seem to get how those things sound coming out of her mouth.
Edited to add, on salaries: This article from 2005 claims that the average dancer at Ballet West made $28,000 a year, which is probably liveable in SLC but not incredibly comfortable. The dancers were, apparently, pushing for raises at that point so it's possible they make slightly more now. They're only guaranteed 35 weeks a year (which is about standard for a ballet company, I think), so yes, there's a substantial part of the year they have no income. Some ballet dancers collect unemployment for the months they're not working, if their contracts are structured in a way that allows for it. Others might be able to go home and teach at their home studios. Some do probably pick up non-ballet seasonal jobs like bartending or retail. And a few, like Christiana and her husband, probably make enough that they don't need to do any of that.
Edited by capital h, Jul 6, 2012 @ 5:15 PM.