Mary Lynn Slayden Posted January 16, 2003 Report Share Posted January 16, 2003 There was an article in Links a week or so back about Louisville Ballet may being forced to pay all their dancers a minimum wage. Apparently because they received state funding they were required to do so. I would love to hear opinions about dancers wages. Ballet companies that are a part of AGMA or other unions make sure their members receive certain range of pay for each level of dancer. How is that some companies are not being held accountable for under-paying their performers. I realize that dancers don't have to join a company that offers them so little. I have also heard the argument that there are so many more dancers than there are jobs. Artists are perhaps expected to make sacrifice. However, health insurance and a minimum wage should also be the standard. Do Dance organizations such as Dance USA and others lobby or work to improve the condition of dancers in their respective companies. In other words are their any Watch Dogs? Quote Link to comment
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