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Microaggressions, stereotypes, double-standards, discrimination, unwanted come-ons, manipulation, isolation, bad jokes, and pithy comments: ABUSES OF POWER and SEXISM in the ARTS and in DANCE come in all shapes and sizes.

Using art as a backdrop is not an excuse.  Change the names, be anonymous, but don't let little perpetrations go unnoticed, no matter how big or small.

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A Montreal Osteopath and the sole resource for dancers attending Springboard Montreal told me to undress to address an ankle sprain. He treated the sprain while I laid prone and yes that hospital gown was wide fucking open. 
I came to know just recently that the Doctor had previously had his license revoked due to taking indecent pictures of minors, impregnating a 14-year-old at Canada's National Ballet School, and still using the same tactic he was described as using in the article with the other women and children. What upsets me the most about this memory is that I deeply trusted and looked for guidance from the Springboard Direction and Staff. I have no doubt that they knew his history of abuse, and continued to use his services regardless.

-dancer, Springboard Montreal