Big news in the dance world: Anna Kisselgoff has announced her retirement as chief dance critic at the New York Times. Former rock and classical music critic and columnist John Rockwell, once a modern dancer with the Bay Area?s own Anna Halprin, will take her post in 2005. Kisselgoff has led the Times? dance coverage since 1977, and obviously this is an important shift.

Will Rockwell make the “niche” subject of dance more mainstream? Will classical ballet receive its due? Naturally the sharp folks at Ballet Alert! are hot on the topic.

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