Last year, dancer Alexandra Waterbury, a former student at the School of American Ballet, found out that her then-boyfriend, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Chase Finlay, along with several other dancers including fellow principal Amar Ramasar, had been taking pictures and videos of dancers engaging in sexual acts with them and sending them around.
Alexandra was not aware that these pictures and videos had been taken, and she definitely had not consented for them to be shared. The texts that have been released from these dancers are truly vile, and snippets that have been released include "You have any pictures of girls you’ve f*cked? I’ll send you some . . . ballerina girls I’ve made scream and squirt," and "fucked a 20-year-old ballerina and her sister! That was my first threesome with family members. It was incredible!"
I am sure that I am not the only person for whom this has struck a cord. Although the dancers were fired by New York City Ballet shortly after the incident, this decision was shortly after rejected, and they were rehired with virtually no consequences. I am shocked and appalled, and although I hope that Alexandra and other victims will get the justice they deserve come a trial next year, there is something we can do now.
West Side Story opens on Broadway on February 20, and Amar Ramasar, one of the main parties involved in the picture and video exchange, is starring as Bernardo. There is no reason why someone who has taken advantage of his power and violated countless women, while stating his intent to violate more, should be able to show his face onstage. Please join me in protesting his position in the musical by signing this petition. Every signature and share is so appreciated and so important. Help make sure that the theater remains a place where EVERYONE can feel safe, and help get Amar Ramasar off the stage.