Why the dance sector needs its own union

While many companies act with integrity, working conditions for freelance dancers can still be fraught. Could a dancers’ union change that?

As Dancenorth premieres its latest major work Wayfinder this week at the North Australian Festival of Arts, its ensemble of seven dancers can be confident of earning a living wage.

The Townsville dance company sought the help of its donor community as it expanded from five to seven ensemble members this year to guarantee them a living wage.

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Christine Long is a freelance journalist based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. She has contributed to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Travel + Leisure Australia, Galah magazine, and Australian Educator magazine.