Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cuts at NYCB

Well, this doesn't look good.

Not for the company itself, not for the state of the dance world, not for the dancers being laid off, not for the rest of the New York dance auditioning world.

NYCB announced they'll be cutting out 11 dancers from the corps de ballet because of money issues. I'll be curious to see if they're outing the newer crop of dancers (ie. largely my generation of people just getting/finishing their apprenticeships) or if they'll cut some of the older ones who have been there for a while and whose names are on the roster but not really in the limelight.

I wonder if ABT will be the next to cut back? If the top companies in the country (Miami too...) are getting rid of the already few ballet jobs, what hope is there?

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