Faced by a budget shortfall, the Maryland Ballet has canceled all performances this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art and laid off its 12 dancers for at least a month and a half.
Daniel Kane, co-founder of the 5-year-old company, said the board has decided to re-evaluate the organization's goals in view of its financial obligations before resuming the company's costly performance schedule.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Ballet will fulfill its contracted obligations to perform in February at Loch Haven College in Harrisburg and at Dundalk Community College in May. The dancers will be paid per performance.
The company's dance school will remain in operation during the period of re-evaluation. No administrative staff members have been laid off.
Ticket holders who wish refunds for this weekend's performances should call the company. The next performances at the BMA are planned for March.