How the “Great Reassessment” brought this Dallas dancer to confront the gender gap in dance
Marketplace speaks with Alexandra Farber, a dancer who was forced to re-think her performing career with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many in the workforce have done. Her transition to the ‘front of the room’ has shown the inequities in representation in dance leadership and decision-making. “Of all the works by the 50 largest ballet companies in the United States, only 27% were choreographed by women during the 2020-21 season. Even when women get these leadership positions, they’re usually underpaid. In 2019, at the largest 100 U.S. ballet companies, a woman made 60 cents to every man’s dollar as an artistic director,” according to Marketplace, citing Dance Data Project®.
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