TORONTO, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Actors' Equity Association
(Equity) is proud to announce that it has been granted certification by
the Commission des relations du travail to represent the dancers at Les
Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Quebec).
Founded in 1957, Les Grands Ballets has a long and illustrious history
of excellence and innovation in their repertoire, with performances
created specifically for them by some of the world's finest
choreographers. "We are thrilled to welcome the dancers from one of
Canada's largest ballet companies to Equity. We are looking forward to
working with both the dancers and management to ensure a smooth
transition to a new collective agreement." said Executive Director
Arden R. Ryshpan.
President Allan Teichman added "The addition of a new company of artists
to our membership is a rare and wonderful thing. It is an honour that
Equity should be asked to represent them, and a pleasure to say "of
course, we will." On behalf of all of Council, welcome to our new
members from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal."
Dancers at Les Grands Ballets approached Equity looking for
representation in early spring. Robert Deskins, company dancer stated
"We are excited to have joined Equity. Today is a great day for
dancers' rights in Montreal."
There are currently 34 dancers in the company. Negotiations for a first
agreement will commence shortly.
Equity is the voice of professional artists working in live performance
in English Canada. It is a national artists' association representing
almost 6,000 performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and
stage managers working in theatre, opera and dance from coast to coast.
SOURCE: Canadian Actors' Equity Association
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