26 February 2021
By Rachel Howard[Luke] Ingham described himself as Rowe’s “biggest fan.” He didn’t want her to retire from dancing after she left Nederlands Dans Theater in 2015 and had their first child, and encouraged her to join the local company SFDanceworks, first as a choreographer and then associate artistic director. Aside from wishing her success, Ingham said he hopes she also has “the opportunity to experiment and fail,” which male choreographers have done without seeing their careers halted.
“Dani is only the second woman choreographer I’ve worked with here,” Ingham said, “and it wasn’t until recently that many of us have thought about why that is.”
A Dance Data Project® survey reported that 72% of all works presented by ballet companies in 2019-20 were by men, while Data USA reported a $17,239 salary gap between male and female dancers and dancer-choreographers.
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