The reader notes this early on, when the acknowledgments thank someone "for his bad karma" and someone else "for his good counsel." The acknowledger
, author Wyatt Townley, listed on the back flap as poet, essayist, former dancer, and yoga teacher, uses wit and high spirits to enliven what could have been a solemn chronicle of the company's three phases: under ballet pioneer Tatiana Dokoudovska (sister of Vladimir); company-builder Todd Bolender; current artistic director/innovator William Whitener.
Otnes, Ruth, Gift giving roles, and corresponding strategies Milbourne, & emerged: the pleaser, the provider, the compensator, Burnett (1994) the socializer, the acknowledger
, the avoider.