When I first read dance writer Camille LeFevre's recent article on mnartists.org entitled "2008 Sage Awards (More Insidery Than Ever)," about the SAGE Awards, I was tempted to view it as simply a personal commentary on the dance community from someone who has been documenting it for many years. After further consideration, however, I feel compelled to write a response. The following is my own viewpoint; I do not represent the SAGE Awards administrators or panelists.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have served on the SAGE panel for the past two years and just rotated off. I provided the introduction at the recent awards program and helped create the marketing campaign. I also received $250 as an honorarium for serving on the panel. Membership on the panel is confidential during service although I'll admit, regrettably, that I've let my affiliation slip to some, including to Camille. Finally, I have engaged in many conversations with Camille over the years as fellow dance writers. It's a healthy, spirited, private discourse among colleagues. I'd like to make public this particular topic, however, in the spirit of respectful professional dialogue, because Camille has made some strong allegations in her article and seems to be inviting discussion.More »