Other Local Labor News: Dancers Take Steps to Unionize
Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) have recently taken steps to unionize. As reported on the website of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), TBT dancers have signed cards to form a union and join AGMA. The Dancers have also sent their own letter to Texas Ballet Theater’s management. A part of the letter reads, “The dancers of Texas Ballet Theater have come together in support of each other and the Company’s best interests to form a union and petition for representation by the American Guild of Musical Artists. This decision was made after extensive discussion, research, and careful consideration about the best steps to ensure the success of TBT and its current and future dancers.”
“We share the Company’s priorities of long-term artistic achievement and growth and believe that great progress is possible,” the letter continues.
Texas Ballet Theater was founded in 1961 and is now the internationally recognized professional dance company performing for audiences in Fort Worth and Dallas. With the Fort Worth Symphony serving as the primary orchestra for TBT productions, AFM musicians have performed alongside TBT dancers throughout its history. Local 72-147 applauds and supports its fellow artists in this important move.
“We are thrilled that an overwhelming majority of the dancers of this important company have come together in union. AGMA looks forward to welcoming the dancers of TBT into the community of union artists, and supporting them at every stage,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director.
AGMA will release more information as it becomes available..