They gotta dance ... for health­care,


When Out­liers watches dancers gy­rat­ing in mu­sic videos for artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Bey­once, one ques­tion never fails to pop into our mind: Do those per­form­ers have health­care ben­e­fits?

Turns out, the dancers say, they’re hav­ing trou­ble get­ting the ben­e­fits and work­ing con­di­tions they would like to see and are putting on a show in Bev­erly Hills to bring aware­ness to the cause.

The Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Tele­vi­sion and Ra­dio Artists, a unit of the AFL-CIO, put its mu­sic-video dancers in a Jan. 6 show at the Elec­tric Foun­tain on Wil­shire Boule­vard to bring some at­ten­tion to its on­go­ing con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with ma­jor record la­bels. It’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of the union’s on­go­ing “It’s About Time” cam­paign to pres­sure the la­bels into ne­go­ti­at­ing a new deal.

A news re­lease from AFTRA says the dancers have been in high de­mand in re­cent years, but their ef­forts to reach a new la­bor con­tract with the la­bels stalled in June. Con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions are slated to restart Jan. 11, Va­ri­ety re­ported.

Mu­sic-video dancers have al­ready made a se­ries of Youtube videos pro­mot­ing the AFTRA push for a new union con­tract.

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