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Texas Ballet Theater Cuts Salaries, Shows at the Winspear
by Jerome Weeks 19 Apr 2011

It’s the TBT’s 50th anniversary — but its dancers and administrators are facing salary cuts. Plus, the company won’t be dancing ‘Don Giovanni’ in Dallas.


Sadly, the Texas Ballet Theater seems to be marking its 50th anniversary — by cutting back 5.7 percent. The Star-Telegram reported that the dance company cut its dancers’ paid weeks from 35 to 33, this season, a reduction of 5.7 percent. Administrative employees will get a 5 percent cut. ecrease for the year.

And in what was described as a prudent move, the TBT has canceled all four June performances of Don Quixote at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Bass Hall dates (June 10-12) will go on as scheduled.

[Managing director Margo] McCann said the downsizing was at least partially connected to the scrapping of the March 5 Ballet Gala benefit in Dallas, which faced competition from two large charity events the same day and sold just 200 tickets, which began at $500. Some patrons requested refunds and others attended a performance at the company’s Fort Worth studio, she said.

Still, she said the regional dance company was in relatively good shape — considering what arts groups across the recession-hit nation have been experiencing — ending the 2010-11 fiscal year on June 30 with no red ink. The company is considering a reduction of dates at expensive venues like the Winspear and Bass Hall, and performing at less expensive facilities next season, she said.