As I wrote in the letter accompanying the Spring-Summer issue, we on the board of the Dance Research Foundation have decided to suspend publication of our beloved magazine. The immediate reasons were explained a few months ago and, unfortunately, the situation has not changed since then. Ballet Review has always been a labor of love, dependent, for more than fifty years, on the work of a volunteer staff. Since I last wrote to you we have still not been able to find a satisfactory way of transitioning to a paid staff, even a part-time one. It simply isn’t financially practical.
This, however, will not be the last issue of the magazine. When I assembled the Fall-Winter 2019 issue there were almost 350 pages of material, clearly impossible to contemplate. I held some of it back and those articles and features will appear in a Spring-Summer 2020 issue, which should appear in March or April of next year. And that will indeed be our final hurrah. All current subscribers will receive a copy, even though your subscriptions may have lapsed.
To our loyal supporters over these many years, I thank you. And wish you well.
With warmest regards, Marvin Hoshino Editor, Ballet Review
Since its founding fifty-four years ago, Ballet Review has evolved into the premier dance journal. For the past decades we have published four issues each year of 100 or more pages with what we would like to think is the best in news, analysis, criticism, reviews, photographs, and art from the world of dance.
Still, we are a small enterprise, supported by contributions to our not-for-profit foundation. Our subscribers pay a majority of the costs of printing and mailing the magazine, as well as for our writers’ fees. However, from its inception, the actual work of running Ballet Review has been borne by volunteers. That is, the staff of our magazine – who edit, design, and produce the magazine, who manage the subscriptions, and who administer our web presence – are all unpaid.
Ballet Review has been a labor of love. However, the staff are older now and are not in a position to continue their volunteer work. Unfortunately, to date, finding a replacement staff has not been possible. And we have determined that transitioning to a paid staff, even a part-time one, simply isn’t financially practical.
Therefore, at the end of 2019, Ballet Review will suspend publication and go on hiatus.
We are still exploring options for continuing Ballet Review, and we will report to you after the summer when we have more, and we hope, better news. Ballet Review began as a six-times-a-year magazine. In our early years, publication was sometimes erratic – as evidenced by the fact that after fifty-four years in existence we are only up to Volume 47. We have had to halt publication temporarily in the past but we were able to restart, and therefore we continue to have hope about the future.
Thank you for your loyal support over these many years.