Why Dance Is Worth Covering

What keeps dance critics so passionate about an art that society increasingly views as expendable? Perhaps it’s their own importance in the struggle to keep the form alive. “Dance is more dependent on the musings of its critics than, say, poetry and music are on the writings of their critics. Unless you live in a culturally significant city, your chances of seeing a wide range of live dance (much less different casts of a single work) are slim… Even the most obscure post-minimalist or Renaissance composer is more likely to be culturally available—at least, satisfyingly enough on CD—than any well-established or even world famous choreographer.”