Ballet spokeswoman Nicolle Ugarriza says the corps and
apprentice dancers' contracts will not be renewed next season.
The dancers were notified Friday in a letter from the ballet's
artistic director and CEO, Edward Villella.
The cuts will reduce the troupe from 53 to 45 dancers.
The ballet aims to trim its budget from $14.8 million to about
$11 million next season.
In December, it dropped the live orchestra from the second half of the 2008-09 season because of declining ticket sales and donations.
Two teachers were laid off from the ballet's school last month.
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