London's Ballerinas Do The Birthday Dance

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[London, August 10. Dancers from the English National Ballet perform during the dress rehearsal of Cinderella at the Coliseum. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the National Ballet. Image via Getty]



Does anybody else worry about the audience for ballet potentially dwindling? I’m 22 and I go to the National Ballet of Canada (in Toronto) fairly often, and my enthusiasm is mostly due to my mother. She’s a ballet-lover so I grew up attending ballets with her. But I don’t think I’ve met anybody else my own age who likes the ballet, or who is even really aware of it. The audience at the National Ballet also always skews older: middle-aged and up. The only time I see a significant number of younger people are at the performances of "The Nutcracker", but that's only once a year.

Are there enough younger ballet fans to sustain it?