It?s true: The San Jose Mercury News? dance critic Anita Amirrezvani (click here for a taste of her thoughtful work) has been reassigned from the dance beat to the copy desk. She tells me there are no plans she knows of afoot to hire a replacement dance writer. Bay Area dance lovers will surely miss her voice in the critical conversation. Sadly, the news may not surprise readers who watched Anita?s reviews shrink to 150 word bites which the paper called ?Rapid.? How you cover a company like Ballett Frankfurt in haiku form is beyond me, but Anita valiantly attempted it. Here?s hoping she finds a new outlet for her observations on dance. Dance scenes thrive on a diversity of critical opinion, and the Bay Area is poorer for the loss of her reviews.

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