Tristan MacManus labels Grand Final organisers 'disgraceful' for asking dancers ...

The AFL has faced mounting criticism over the past few months over its divisive quarantine hubs, WAGs causing trouble, and Eddie McGuire's eyebrow-raising visit to a Gold Coast nightclub.

And now the organisers of the upcoming AFL Grand Final at the Gabba in Brisbane have been accused of exploitation by the arts world.

On Monday's Studio 10, professional dancer and former DWTS judge Tristan MacManus slammed footy bosses for asking dancers to perform for 'free exposure'. 

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More controversy for the AFL: Studio 10 host Tristan MacManus (right) labelled Grand Final organisers as 'disgraceful' after a castind call for dancers to perform for FREE was unearthed. Pictured with co-host Sarah Harris

More controversy for the AFL: Studio 10 host Tristan MacManus (right) labelled Grand Final organisers as 'disgraceful' after a castind call for dancers to perform for FREE was unearthed. Pictured with co-host Sarah Harris

The AFL and Cochrane Entertainment, the organisation engaged to produce next month's grand final entertainment, allegedly sent a call-out for 'strong performers' over the age of 15 to volunteer their time to to participate in the "large scale performance" at the Gabba on October 24.

'I think it's disgraceful. Anyone who has trained and put time and effort into anything to make a career of it, shouldn't be expected to do anything for free,' Tristan said.

'To put it under the guise of "well, it's a great opportunity", I think it's disgraceful,' he added, to which co-host Sarah Harris agreed.

'Anyone who has trained and put time and effort into a career, shouldn't be expected to do anything for free':  Professional dancer Tristan MacManus slammed the AFL for asking dancers to perform for 'exposure'. Pictured: Tones And I and performers at 2019 AFL Grand Final

'Anyone who has trained and put time and effort into a career, shouldn't be expected to do anything for free':  Professional dancer Tristan MacManus slammed the AFL for asking dancers to perform for 'exposure'. Pictured: Tones And I and performers at 2019 AFL Grand Final

'An organisation like that that rakes in so much money for everything': The hosting panel were shocked the AFL were unable to find money in their budget to pay each performer

'An organisation like that that rakes in so much money for everything': The hosting panel were shocked the AFL were unable to find money in their budget to pay each performer

Studio 10 correspondent Angela Bishop added: 'The interesting thing is they're paying all the singers, all the musicians. Again, the AFL says when Katy Perry did her 2020 gig [Women's T20 Cricket World Cup Final] there were volunteer dancers there when they needed the sheer volume of people. I think you [The AFL] can find some money in the budget.'

'That is the problem, not just with dancers, but all entertainment industry - people are expected to do things that they've trained for, for free. It just doesn't make any sense. Especially something a federation, or an organisation like that that rakes in so much money for everything,' Tristan said.

Attempting to play the devil's advocate, Tristan said: 'If it was a good-natured thing - if that's what it is - let's give them the benefit of the doubt, you don't put in "we need strong performers", because that's not what it is about. If it is a good-natured thing to give people the opportunity to do it, it shouldn't matter what standard they're at.'

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'This part of the program was never intended to be a performance for professionals': The AFL, and the executive producers planning the entertainment, have since clarified that the casting call was never intended for professionals

'This part of the program was never intended to be a performance for professionals': The AFL, and the executive producers planning the entertainment, have since clarified that the casting call was never intended for

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