Remember When Dance Was Popular?

Why has ballet completely vanished from the radar screen of most Americans? There are plenty of reasons, but one of the primary ones may be that classic dance hasn’t been seen on American television in decades, with the exception of the odd Nutcracker showing. “Things were different in the ’60s and ’70s, when Edward Villella would fly through the air on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ one week and swap one-liners with Tony Randall on ‘The Odd Couple’ the next… Back then, dance was the most glamorous of the lively arts. Now it’s the one most in danger of slipping through the cultural cracks.”