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Discipline and fines

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Do any other artistic organizations besides classical ballet companies use a system of warnings and fines to maintain discipline? Opera companies, orchestras, modern dance companies, theater companies....?

Is the fining system pretty consistent around the world?

What type of behaviors are punished?

Does anyone know how the system began?

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The AGMA contract stipulates the allowable fines for lateness. It is up to management however to enforce the rules, or not. Some companies are very "work to rule", others are more relaxed. Being late to a studio rehearsal might be excused, but to a stage rehearsal with orchestra, which costs a lot of $, would result in a fine. I think this is the case with most theatrical unions, whether covering dance, opera, theatre, or orchestras.

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Does this practice come down through time from the guilds?

I seem to remember reading that Kschessinska was fined for not wearing hoops in her costume but she interceded with the Tsar. Are there records of earlier occurrences of fining?

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