The Ballet says it is implementing these changes to bring the organization's expenses in line with the anticipated income for the current fiscal year-a budget that was built before the country's current economic problems began.
"We are trying to responsibly react to the present economic climate without compromising the core mission of the Ballet," said Colorado Ballet Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon. "We will continue to examine the budget for both this season and next to ensure that we are acting in a fiscally responsible manner."
These changes will affect the administrative, production, Academy and education departments of the organization.
Programs of the Colorado Ballet, including classes at the Academy and educational programming will continue to operate as normal.
"I am confident that Colorado Ballet's programs will not be significantly impacted by these layoffs and furloughs," said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. "I have no doubt that the community will continue to see Colorado Ballet produce superior quality ballet - on the stage, in the community and in our Academy classes."
The furloughs will be between two and four weeks. No dancers in the company are affected by this move. The number of layoffs has not been released yet.
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