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Boston Ballet supports Sage Humphries who is bravely coming forward, sharing her experience to protect others, and seeking accountability and justice. The Ballet will continue to do everything in its power to create and promote a safe and supportive culture for its students, dancers, staff, and community.
While we cannot comment specifically on pending litigation, we can confirm that Sage is and has been a valued member of the Ballet since 2016. We can also confirm that Dusty Button’s employment with the Ballet terminated on May 22, 2017.
Boston Ballet maintains a robust and proactive policy to prevent harassment and immediately responds and addresses any complaints that may arise. Employees of the Ballet are encouraged to come forward and report any incidents of harassment, violence, or abuse of any kind to their supervisor, Human Resources, or to any member of management with whom they feel comfortable. Boston Ballet employees also have access to an anonymous whistleblower hotline and the ballet’s Employee Assistance Program. Each report is investigated fully without retribution or retaliation. The Ballet continues to refine and improve these policies and practices. Most recently, a “Take Five” policy has been developed and implemented where dancers may request a pause in rehearsal if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable for any reason.
Boston Ballet believes that all employees must be treated with respect and dignity and strives to create a safe and supportive culture and environment for all.