That vote has been scheduled that far out to allow all the dancers, who've been traveling and working elsewhere in some cases, to return to town, according to a company spokesman. Those here, meanwhile, will be allowed to attend class all week. The vote next Monday is expected to occur in a closed studio accessible only to union members before the scheduled noon rehearsals for the fall season take place.
The tentative settlement, reached last week and involving a minimum raise of 10 percent that will vary depending on dancer seniority, came at the end of a week-and-half lockout. A spokesman for the union could not be reached.
The life of a professional ballet dancer may look like a glamorous one. But in reality, dance is extremely grueling, high-pressure work, where dancers have little control of their schedules and the highly competitive nature of the business means few want to rock the boat or anger managers who decide the future of their artistic careers.
In a recent story for the Chicago News Cooperative, Meribah Knight details the travails of life for dancers in Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, a relatively small critically acclaimed company that moved from New York in 1995.