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Some of the text in The Australian Ballet timeline is adapted from essays in Luminous. These were written by Valerie Lawson (The Sixties), Jill Sykes (The Seventies), Lee Christofis (The Eighties), Michael Shmith (The Nineties) and Deborah Jones (The New Millennium).
22 October 1981
The dancers are outraged over proposed changes to their contracts, which increase the numbers of their performances and effectively demotes some of them. When the issues cannot be resolved, the dancers go on strike for 26 days, and parts of the Melbourne and Sydney seasons are cancelled. In the wake of the strike, some of the company’s top dancers resign.