Granted this is from a biased souce ( Gelsey Kirkland ), but is there some truth that his dances, or at least his preparation for dances, could actual damage a dancer? And how responsible is he for creating the image of "the perfect, petite ballerina"? I do think he was very creative and hugely influential, but it came with a cost.
Now as an aside, isn't NYCB the most successful financially in the country? How much did he contribute to it's development and current health.
I know that bringing up the issue of financial viability is fairly mundane compared to the above discussions, but shouldn't we give him some credit for NYCB's ongoing health, plus the companies that he birthed ( Or spawned, depending on your perspective
) ( ie PNB ).