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#1 Junie B.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 07:51 AM

For those of you who may be wondering how to help the dancers.

From the Dance Insider 12/23/05

"In other news, I'm elated to share that the Independent Artists of America, which represents the dancers and stage managers of American Ballet Theatre, has just sent the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the artists of Washington Ballet, a $3,000 check to support the Washington dancers, embroiled in a labor conflict with management which they did not choose, but which they have no choice but to pursue -- not just for their rights, but for the rights of dancers everywhere to a safe and secure work environment. If you'd like to emulate the ABT workers' fine example, IAA VP Lori Rosecrans Wekselblatt suggests you send your check, earmarked on the check "Washington Ballet Dancers," to:

Susan Davison
AGMA Relief Fund
1430 Broadway
14th Floor
New York, NY 10018-3308

You can also e-mail letters of support for the dancers to: AGMADC@comcast.com."

#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 08:46 AM

However, while IAA may do as it likes to assist a fellow union, Ballet Talk and Ballet Talk for Dancers and their predecessor, Ballet Alert! have no position on the situation of the Washington Ballet, the dancers thereof, their representation, media coverage concerning them, or any other facet of this job action. Individual members, are, however, free to do as they like regarding their own relationships with any and all the parties involved.

#3 Helene

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 10:53 AM

For further clarification, Ballet Talk and Ballet Talk for Dancers take positions only on our missions, rules, and policies.

#4 bart

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 12:26 PM

In the interest of balance, BT members might also send something to the Washington Ballet Board of Directors. :cool:

#5 Mary Lynn Slayden

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 05:25 AM

It seems to me from the articles I read that Kay Kendall the President of the board is not
sympathetic to the dancers position. I am not sure any aide would reach them through the Washington Ballet Board of Directors.

#6 koshka

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 06:43 AM

I am not sure that bart had in mind sending money to the Board.
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#7 Junie B.

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 04:34 PM

Do you live in the Washington area? Beyond financial support there are other ways to help the out of work dancers of Washington Ballet. Are you or anyone you know a physical therapist, massage therapist, accountant, dentist, doctor, etc.? Do you own or work in a pilates studio, yoga studio, hair salon, etc. There are many services that can be offered to the dancers either free or at reduced costs that can help them survive. Actions speak louder than words. You can actually make a big difference in their lives! Please email AGMADC@comcast.net if you can help.

#8 Mel Johnson

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 08:23 PM

Junie, you must forgive me, but just so we have the cards on the table, do you have any direct or indirect connection with AGMA?

#9 Junie B.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 06:59 PM

Mel - Interesting question. And that would be relevant because....? No, I am not directly connected with AGMA. Indirect is open for interpretation. I know one of the dancers involved, am an advocate in general for dancers rights and am a big supporter of Career Transition for Dancers. Is that enough information for you because after this you'll have to buy me dinner. Just kidding! Junie B.

#10 Helene

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:30 PM

Mel - Interesting question. And that would be relevant because....?

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It's a relevant question because Ballet Talk policy is that if someone is directly involved with a subject raised on the board or a performer, they must state their interest/relationship in their post. Which is why Mel, a board Administrator, raised it.

#11 Junie B.

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:26 AM

I posted this earlier on a topic which was closed so I'll try again here.


WASHINGTON's BALLET DANCERS TO PERFORM BENEFIT

"The AGMA Dancers of the Washington Ballet still do not have a contract. They still do not know if or when they will be returning to work. We have been in negotiations again, after the cancelled NUTCRACKER, since Jan. 3rd. In the meantime, the dancers will be presenting a benefit performance to raise funds to help support themselves in this difficult time. We sincerely hope you will be able to attend one of the performances to support these courageous dancers and will spread the word to all you know. Performances will be at 7:30 Pm on March 9th, 10th, and 11th, and at 2:30 on Sunday, March 12th. The benefit performances will take place at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville MD. Tickets are $35 with proceeds going to the dancers."

#12 Junie B.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 11:20 AM

Here is some more info on the Dancers Benefit performance-

The performances on March 9-12 benefit the dancers and will take place at the American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street in Rockville MD. Tickets are $35 at the door; call the American Dance Institute to reserve your ticket at 301-984-3003 or visit the ADI website at www.americandance.org for more information


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