Lavigne Renegotiates Dancers' Fees After Protest
Singer AVRIL LAVIGNE has been forced to renegotiate how much she pays her backing dancers after talent agencies planned to boycott auditions for her upcoming tour in a row over fees. The Dancer's Alliance, a U.S. organisation which looks after dancers' interests, accused the star of paying her employees wages below the industry rate and demanded all wannabes stay away from the try-outs - which are due to be held on Tuesday (05Feb08) at the Hollywood Dance Center in Los Angeles. However, the Canadian star's management bowed to pressure from the agency and scrapped the auditions at the last minute - setting up fresh talks over pay. And the Alliance praised all its members for the victory. A post on the Dancer's Alliance Myspace Internet page reads, "As of February 4th, 10:30pm Avril's management has canceled the audition tomorrow and has opened up a new conversation with the agencies. Thanks for everyone's support on this issue."