Rockettes Get Three-Year Contract That Includes Buyouts for Some

From Associated Press

The owners of Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday agreed on a three-year contract with the union that represents its signature dancers, the high-kicking Rockettes.

Negotiations broke down eight days ago over Radio City Entertainment's attempt to use open auditions rather than guaranteeing positions to veteran dancers.

The contract gives 41 veteran Rockettes buyouts ranging from $27,000 to $120,000. Eleven of those dancers were offered retirement packages, though the 30 others can audition for future shows.

"They were not pleased," said union negotiator John Hall.

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