it seems to me that belinda has asked a number of questions, none of which is actually the one azlan poses up above.<P>sorry belinda, that my story relating to criticism seems to have 'done in' this thread (which i did start to do justice to your first question. i tried!
) belinda describes herself as a writer, so i thought she would find this story illustrative toward her own point about the 'dance-lover' (not necessarily the critic). <P>some specific responses to your further questions:<P><I>Should dance critics writing for major publications be at least 30 years of age then?</I><P>well, i COULD fiddle with your arithmetic!
(i'm not sure if you made a typo, or if i misunderstand what you are saying, about seeing '3 or 4 performances a year' - i imagine you meant rather more than that? - 3 or 4 performances a week? 3 or 4 a year by each company? i'm not at all sure what you meant...) BUT, to get back to your 10 year figure (which is YOUR figure, not mine) that could easily make a candidate, say, 20 - if they start watching dance with serious interest from when they are 10....?<P>however, i don't buy into the 'number of years' equation. there are too many factors that need to be considered in concert.<P>so no, i don't think there's any age limit.<BR> <BR><I>And if so, how are we to nurture a new generation of "well informed" critics?</I><P>well, i guess i just made this one kinda irrelevant vis a vis the age thing - but it's still an excellent question. critics need to be nurtured - that is, IF anyone wants to have any - because they don't arise very naturally, due to a number of reasons, in the environment i live in (where YOU live may be different).<P><I>Would it be admirable for them to voluntarily bypass big breaks in order to continue cutting their teeth?</I><P>- in reference to the case i spoke of, and without knowing all the reasons why it occurred, i would have to say it was irresponsible of the mentor to offer this opportunity. it's hard to fault someone for taking on an offered opportunity which they may desire (although i have certainly passed up such opportunities, out of feeling in some way unworthy or inadequate to the task, in both dance and dance writing.)<P>so i guess my answer to that would be: yes, people need to know their limitations and not overstep them, even if they see personal advantage to be gained. that's part of the responsibility of taking on any public role.<P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited November 19, 2000).]