11/30/2022 – The wave of artists organizing across the country continues as the Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).
“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.
Texas Ballet Theater was founded by Margo Dean in 1961 and is now an internationally recognized professional dance company. The Company’s roster includes 29 dancers.
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.
AGMA has officially notified TBT management with the hopes that the Company will respect its artists’ wishes and voluntarily recognize the Union. The Company has until close of business on Wednesday, December 7 to respond. AGMA will release more information as it becomes available.