Dancers of Miami City Ballet Take Steps to Unionize

Published April 3, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Dancers of Miami City Ballet (MCB) have taken a significant step forward by signing cards to form a union with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Since its inception in 1985 by Toby Lerner Ansin and Edward Villella, Miami City Ballet has earned global acclaim for its exceptional rendition of George Balanchine's choreography.

Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director, expressed unwavering support for the Dancers, saying, “The Dancers of Miami City Ballet are determined and embracing the journey toward becoming part of the Union. Witnessing their peers nationwide join AGMA has fortified their conviction that the benefits of standing in solidarity and speaking with one voice far outweigh any challenges. AGMA and its members across the country are committed to standing steadfastly beside these Dancers every step of the way.”

In a letter addressed to MCB management, the Dancers conveyed their determination, stating, “We share in the pursuit of artistic excellence and the longevity of this company and believe that our union will foster a stronger and more cohesive workplace culture. We hope to create a brighter future for our company and further solidify our place in the ballet community, benefiting not only the current dancers but all those that will follow us.”

AGMA has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for a union election at Miami City Ballet and formally notified the Company’s management. AGMA will provide further updates as they emerge.

[Note: Griff Braun's quote was edited at 5:50 p.m. ET on 4/3/2024]