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Dancing for Beyonce Is No Dream, Girl

1/30/2007 12:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

BeyonceTMZ has learned that dancers working on Beyonce's latest videos are being low-balled on their salaries in order to make the videos on the cheap.

Sources tell TMZ that the music diva is shooting several music videos in L.A. this week, which we're told she is financing, not her label. Sources also say Beyonce's choreographer, Frank Gatson, has refused to work with any of the dancers' agents on this job.

We're told that by eliminating the middleman and dealing directly with the dancers, Beyonce can pay them below standard wages. Industry contacts say this practice is highly irregular for an artist of Beyonce's stature, and it undermines the dance industry as a whole. TMZ has learned that in order to maintain good working relationships, the production company for the project , RSA Films, has recently agreed to pay agency fees for some of the dancers.

Usually, a dancer cast in an A-list artist's video can earn around $3000 for two rehearsal days and two shoot-days of work. Without agents fighting for their rights, the dancers on Beyonce's latest videos will earn less.

While some dancers have boycotted the high-profile gig, others, willing to go around their agents, have been flown to L.A. and put up at hotels to work for the lower rates -- just to say they danced for a megastar like Beyonce.

Since music videos are not covered under union rules, Beyonce's camp is not violating regulations, but they are not in sync with Dancers' Alliance, an organization created by dancers to standardize non-union work.

Calls to Beyonce's reps were not returned. Frank Gatson's rep had no comment.

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Petrina    

Beyonce's pa is a bitchdog. He did not raise his bitch right. He does not like the successes of others.

2768 days ago
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Petrina    

What has happened to Kelly, Michele, Letoya and Jenifer Hudson. Do they have a fair chance of succeeding as the less talented Bitchonce? STOP KEEPING DOWN OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. REMEMBER U R A FATHER, TOO.

2768 days ago
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kevin    

people cheap is cheap no matter who you are, its just sad that is someone that can afford to pay the dancer the rigth wages.

2767 days ago
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KEDRIA    

THIS GIRL IS A JOKE. BEYOUNCE FOR ALL THE MONEY YOU MAKE, YOU REALLY MESS OVER YOUR BACK UP DANCERS. YOU KNOW THEY WOULD TAKE IT OR LOSE THEY SPOT. MAYBE YOUR SAVING ALL YOUR MONEY FOR SOME REAL TALENT, OR MAYBE DADDY SPENT IT ON THE OTHER WOMAN OR JUST MAYBE YOU SPENT IT ON JAY-Z SO HE WON'T LEAVE YOU FOR RHIANNA. SHE MAYBE 18, BUT SHE HAS YOUR NUMBER. I'M PULLING FOR YOU RHIANNA

2763 days ago
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Sha'Ron Edmond    

When I read that Beyonce' was paying her dancers coins and not dollar's, I was heart broken. I really believed that Beyonce' was real and stayed up front about helping out the little people, like her dancers. The money Beyonce is holding back from her dancers could do her some justice by going back to school and trying to master the English language.

Beyonce if you are reading this, It would not hurt you to take a few English courses. Your singing is beautiful, but the way you speak in public is terrible. Go back to school girl! UM is not a word Beyonce.

2752 days ago
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Great Dane    

Why would someone, with as much money as she has.....be cheap?

I guess that is why the rich, stay rich?

2787 days ago
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AD Jones    

What a bitch. That's on some Suge Knight sh*t.

2787 days ago
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tk    

She really is a low-life. Can't stand her and glad she wasn't nominated for ANYTHING from Dreamgirls.

2787 days ago
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coco puff    

These girls need to be quite. They are lucky to be in one of B's video's. I know girls who dance really good who would dance for free to be in one of B's vids. And what's with TMZ and this RACIST sh*t today? First you wanna make the great J-Z as a profiteer of slave monies and now you want to call B a cheap ass!!! Don't go there, no way!

2787 days ago
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amy    

How much do dancers get paid to do a tour with Beyonce and Britney Spears?? That is what I am wondering. Since these are videos and they don't have to get paid a certain amount, then how can they argue this?? Why am I actually interested in this?? Am I still sleeping??

2787 days ago
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amy    

Farrah- Ya know what, YOU HAVE A POINT!! (On the dancer part)

2787 days ago
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Sailor    

There is nothing racist about this. If she wants
to treat "lesser people" like this, karma will get
her in the end.

I'm just surprised she isn't paying the dancers
with clothing from her tragic line that she calls "designs"

2787 days ago
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bethany    

Ever noticed how all these creeps that wear Fur also treat PEOPLE terribly??!!!??

Jennifer Lopez is another people abuser that wears ugly old-lady Fur

2787 days ago
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lundy    

#4 you must be on crack.b is a cheap as bitch.why shound anybody do it fof free.why dont u dance your ass off for beyonce.

2787 days ago
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Bobp    

Really classy, Beyonce! How nice of you to try to screw struggling young performers out of a few dollars.
Sort of sounds like slave labor, doesn't it?

2787 days ago
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