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What does the Joffrey Ballet company, the NBA and the government of Minnesota have in common? Two have already ceased operating in light of failed negotiations and the third could be facing the same fate.

The Joffrey company is up against a stalemate similar to the ones that hog-tied basketball players and politicians alike. Because the company has failed to reach an agreement with the dancers’ union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the beginning of the 2011-2012 season could be abbreviated and dancers received notice that a shutdown is possible. Part of the disagreement stems from proposed pay raises for the dancers and increased rehearsal time, from 25 to 30 hours a week.

The dancers are on a regularly scheduled break until July 25. The disputing groups are hoping that an agreement will be reached before rehearsals commence, because Christopher Conway, executive director of the company, said the season will not begin without one. The first performance threatened by the potential shutdown is an annual event at the Blossom Festival in Ohio.

Follow the link here for the full story on Artsbeat from the New York Times. Information about the company’s upcoming season is available here.


New York City Ballet is concerned with birds other than just swans, it turns out. The company has recently been paying a lot of attention to a little blue bird that tweets. Devin Alberda, a member of the NYCB’s corps de ballet, used his Twitter account in a way that raised administrative concerns, and a potential social media policy is now included in ongoing contact negotiations between the company and the American Guild of Musical Artists, the dancers’ union. Boston Ballet is considering a similar deal.

For any of you social media junkies out there, these issues of privacy versus transparency probably ring true. So what do you tweet about? Do pre-workout snacks or post-party escapades make the list? Do you think company directors or administrative execs should be able to issue guidelines about ethical Twitter use? I want to hear about it! Leave comments below, or (and you had to see this coming) hit me up on Twitter @lvdanceinsider.

Want to read more? Find the rest of the story from The Wall Street Journal here.