Came across this alert from our buddy Ballerina Badass: American National Ballet
I was unable to find the Dance Magazine article she speaks of; I’m sure one of my regular contributors can do this.
If you can’t watch the video, apparently the ANB dismissed (from the website, it looks like all of) their dancers except for the two principals because they can’t pay them. I heard that and thought, what the %($.
Anyway, view the video if you can.
P.S. Wow…after our contributor posted the article (see comments) I have to make corrections. HALF the dancers were dismissed, not all of them, and one of the principals resigned. Devastating. Not only that, but the official reason given for the dismissals was not that the company lacked funds to pay them, but that they didn’t fit in with the company’s new direction, whatever that was.
And then there’s the business of the company compelling the dancers to sign “non-disclosure agreements” the day before the firings…
All in all, I don’t think I’ll mention this company again in this blog. Too dirty.