Wall Street isn't the only villain that is screwing Americans out of job opportunities. It's happening right in the middle of Lincoln Center. American Ballet Theatre is using American donated dollars to import foreign guest artists who are less skilled than the American born and/or American trained workforce. These imports are amassing huge profits, taking away opportunities from ABT dancers who should have them, and laughing all the way to their foreign banks.
Why is the U.S. government awarding these guest artists work visas when the work they are doing can be done by U.S. born or U.S. trained workers just as well and better?
Professional ballet dancers are no different from any other workers. They do art for a living. They profit from their artistry. There are more extraordinary dancers in this country than the country has room to employ. The dancers who were born here, or who were born in foreign countries but spent years training here and working their ways up through the ranks and now have made fully productive lives here, should have the benefit of being employed in the high profile roles that are now being handed over to foreign guest artists with no sense of concern or guilt or regret.
Does anybody need a reminder that there are 14 million people out of work in this country? The median annual paycheck in this country is $26,364, says Reuters, or $507 per week, the lowest since 1999.
Why was Kevin McKenzie allowed to engineer the exit of a U.S. citizen principal dancer and give her permanent job to an eastern European imported worker of less quality who costs more?
STOP DONATING to ABT until it stops giving away dancers' jobs to foreign guest artists.
STOP DONATING to ABT until it pays full attention to the talent within its ranks.
STOP BUYING tickets to performances starring foreign guest artists.
STOP BUYING any magazines, newspapers or products that promote ABT's foreign guest artists.
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