11/28/2022 - With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).
“We’re thrilled that the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have come together in union with AGMA, as so many dancers from around the country have done. These artists recognize the importance and power of having a collective voice, and AGMA is here to support their efforts every step of the way,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director.
Founded in 1986 by Dorothy Gunther Pugh, and based in Memphis, Tennessee, Ballet Memphis regularly performs at their midtown home, at Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Performing Arts Center, and the Orpheum Theatre. Nineteen professional dancers currently comprise the Company.
AGMA has officially notified Ballet Memphis management with hopes that the Company will respect its artists’ wishes and voluntarily recognize the Union. The Company has until close of business on Friday, December 2 to respond.
The Dancers have also sent their own letter to Ballet Memphis’ management and Board of Directors. A part of the letter states, “We believe in the future of this company. Our unionization will foster a stronger and more cohesive workplace culture and boost the company’s standing within the dance community.”
AGMA will release more information as it becomes available.