Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Potential Lockout for Joffrey Ballet

The Chicago Tribune has reported today that there could be a potential lockout for Joffrey Ballet dancers, after the company failed to reach an agreement on new contract terms with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Executive director Christopher Clinton Conway sent a letter out on Friday to the Joffrey dancers informing them that the beginning of the 2011-2012 season will be cancelled, and that dancers would have to remove all possessions from the Joffrey Tower and turn in their building passes.

The Tribune article mentions that a proposed increase in the number of rehearsal hours to 30 from 25 per week may have contributed to the current impasse. Thoughts on this?

Hopefully the dancers can get back to work as soon as possible. The Joffrey is a world-class company, and it would be a terrible shame to see the company's new season cut.

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