New York City Ballet Dancers Bring Their Dogs to Work
Lifestyle| | By Lauren Boudreau
You probably know that New York’s American Ballet Theater is one of the most prestigious in the world, but you probably didn’t know that it’s also one of the most dog-friendly places to work. In a photo series posted to Instagram and Facebook, photographer Elias Friedman, also known as The Dogist, captures the beauty of bringing your best friend to work.
“It was one of my favorite special series I’ve shot for The Dogist and tells an interesting story about how dogs can mesh with the lives of a professional dancer,” Friedman said of the series to Mashable.
Dogs have actually been allowed at the Company since the 1980s, Susie Taylor of ABT told Mashable. When the Company would go on long tours, they allowed the dancers to bring their dogs so they wouldn’t have to pay to board them, and the tradition just stuck. Now, dogs are constant companions at rehearsals. “It was clear that dancers at this level dedicate a ton of their life to their craft and having a little (or big) friend to keep you company and be there for you in the ups and downs must really make a difference,” Friedman said.
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The life of a dancer can be highly stressful, with low wages and long hours, but having the dogs there brings a lot of stress-relief. “The dancers love having the dogs around,” Taylor said to Mashable. “It’s a great stress reliever, especially since the ballet can be such an exhausting work environment. Plus it really adds to the family-like atmosphere here.” If you think the dogs could be distracting, well, you’re right. Taylor also said that mostly the dogs will sit quietly in the corner, but occasionally they might spend the day in the artistic department where a few have been said to escape in order to find their owners. Now that’s dedication!
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