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'Twelve Days' price signals better pay for dancers

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I don't know about you, but I was absolutely delighted to read yesterday the cost of the items mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" went up this year.

Nine ladies dancing

Nine ladies dancing

Why? Because the two items that boosted the total to $27,393 --7.7 percent more than last year according to PNC Wealth Management, which updates the "Christmas Price Index" annually -- were the nine ladies dancing and 10 lords a-leaping. Which can only be good news for those in the dance world, where salaries have been woefully insufficient for all of history.

The dancing ladies will earn $7,553 this year as opposed to $6,294 in 2012; the leaping lords will take in $5,243, up from $4,767 last year. Everything else on the list either stayed the same, or went up less than $100.

One lord a-leaping -- Carlos Acosta.

One lord a-leaping -- Carlos Acosta.

Figures for the dancers were based on figuresĀ  supplied by the Pennsylvania Ballet, I'm told.

Which means that while that while the rest of the world is lingering in the stagnancy of the recession, dancers are making gains. Given that they are some of the hardest working, most devoted artists and/or athletes I've ever known, I'd say it's well deservedĀ  and long overdue -- if still insufficient.

 

 

 

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: December 3, 2013
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