July 4, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) --
The new season of the Joffrey Ballet could be in jeopardy. The first
part of the company's season has been canceled after the company failed
to reach a new contract with the union.
The previous contract with the American Guild of Musical
Artists expired midnight Thursday. The SunTimes say sticking points
include salary increases and an increase in rehearsal time. Dancers have
been informed that they must clean out their lockers and turn in their
keys by this Thursday.
The company has scheduled performances in
August at the blossom festival in Cleveland and the Chicago Dance
Festival. The Joffery Ballet's regular subscription season begins in
Dancer Fabrice Calmels told ABC7 he's concerned that
the dancers weren't aware of the consequences of not meeting the
Joffrey's negotiating deadline.
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