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I was handed this article yesterday by a colleague of mine at Lincoln Center. Personally, I’ve always been a huge advocate for dancers’ rights, but as I read the article I started to have mixed feelings. In this bad economy, all of us have suffered cutbacks, pay freezes, insurance changes, etc . . . Yet, I’m wondering where and how the sacrifices should happen. It’s such a tangled web to weave. This is not to say I am for pay freezes or any type of infringement on dancers’ rights. But, I am questioning what is considered a true ‘infringement.’ The dancers at City Ballet receive substantial paychecks and benefits in comparison to other company and freelance dancers. I’d love to hear others’ thoughts.

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NYCB dancers in Balanchine's "Serenade"

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.