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Neither here nor there but why does the Times have a photo of SAB students in an article about ABT ...

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seems as if the picture desk thinks the School of American Ballet is directly connected to the American Ballet Theatre...

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The only ballet image they could get for free?  ;)

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This article was linked from my Twitter feed from @BroadwayWorld headlined
"New York City Ballet Dancers Threaten a Strike" with a photo from R+J.
My heart skipped a beat.

BroadwayWorld has since deleted the tweet.

 

Edited by Balanchinomane

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23 minutes ago, pherank said:

The only ballet image they could get for free?  ;)

Oh, we both doubt that!

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2 minutes ago, sandik said:

Oh, we both doubt that!

Remember when there were copy editors and creative directors, and they communicated on a daily basis?

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4 minutes ago, pherank said:

Remember when there were copy editors and creative directors, and they communicated on a daily basis?

Yes, I am that old!

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I find it sad that people are more upset about the picture used in the article than the content of the article and what it means to the dancers.

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I didn't mean to imply I don't think it's awful for the dancers. But I don't have much more to say than that -- the state of the arts is depressing -- but that adds nothing to the conversation. I have no insights. I do expect journalists to do a better job covering the dispute.

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They've got a picture of the ABT corps in Swan Lake posted with the article now.

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I complained.  (Probably not the first person to do so, and hopefully one of many)  Glad to see they fixed it.  

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Is the last line of the first paragraph supposed to read, "an acceptable cont[r]act proposal"? Not that an editor hasn't gone carefully over this article.  ;)

These labor negotiations are not unusual - general contracts are renegotiated every certain number of years. And it is often rather tense because both sides have to find agreement on the main issues. Money is always an issue.
Usually the details of the negotiation are kept from the public - until some angry person leaks details to the media.

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Several of the dancers posted on their public instagrams details about the negotiations, so it's not surprising that this got picked up by reporters.

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ABT’s own Instagram account posted a story with photos about the negotiations. It didn’t offer any details, but I was surprised to see the company featuring the negotiations in its official social media channel. The ABT Instagram account seems very dancer-driven, but I have to assume the marketing department still controls it.

 

 

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The instagram account is run by the dancers. It says it at the top of the account. 

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2 hours ago, its the mom said:

The instagram account is run by the dancers. It says it at the top of the account. 

All the more reason they deserve raises. The content is so well-done that I assumed it was created by a social media manager. The voice is remarkably consistent across posts, so I wonder if one particular dancer writes most of the content. He or she is better than most marketing professionals who do social media for a living.

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It seems that a strike has been averted and that the contract dispute has been resolved, with at least some degree of success for the dancers and stage managers:

 

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I hope there's a replacement post, and that the news hasn't changed.

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6 minutes ago, Helene said:

I hope there's a replacement post, and that the news hasn't changed.

The original was on Sarah Lane's account. No replacement as of now. Hmm.

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I'm hoping it is simply that they want an official statement or ink on the page.

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According to Lane's Instagram yesterday, no settlement has been reached. Scroll down to a comment she posted in response to someone's question.

 

 

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Perhaps this post will stay up:

Glad they got this resolved just in time for their big tour.

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