Dear CBT Friends,
Charleston is blessed to have its own professional ballet company — a fact that is readily evident when other cities pay to import Charleston Ballet Theatre in for performances of the holiday favorite.
Charleston Ballet Theatre is nationally acclaimed, and locally revered. We are proud to be an ambassador of the Lowcountry as well as a source of great pride and entertainment for the people who call South Carolina a home. From the creative inspiration and artistic soul of the Company, to the dancers whose artistry and talent have awed cities as far North as Caribou, Maine and as far South as Miami, Florida: Charleston Ballet Theatre brings a soaring standard of excellence to the cultural landscape of our community.
Both the Nutcracker and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas are over and Now- I am home, frantically buying gifts, standing in line at Pak Mail to send gifts home and abroad, and hopefully getting Choura and Zorina’s picture with Santa. If you’re like most Americans, you’ll probably be shopping the day before Christmas The mere thought of spending a perfectly good afternoon in a windowless maze of overpriced chain stores, overrun with harried shoppers and “ho-ho-ing” elves simply petrifies me. Season greetings from me therefore will land via internet lines. !
The dream in our 21th Anniversary Season is our company would grow in ways to simplify life, both at work and at home. CBT made those huge changes last spring and this fall, with the goal of creative perfection driving us all. We share more of our days with our supporters and friends, in the most pleasant ways. We welcome back former veteran dancer Janet Meister to the administrative team , as well as all the wonderful CBT Board Members, and new company members!
We are proud to say that Charleston Ballet Theatre is a company that most communities can only dream about. The brilliance of the ballet is your gift; but, it is also your charge. To have a top-ranked organization takes the commitment of many people and a caring community with the passion and dedication to support it.
Please consider your personal contribution before the end of the 2008 year to help the ballet company make its $170,000 goal. Consider playing your part in making us shine. In addition to many types of memberships, there are many specialized giving opportunities to support CBT, including sponsoring programs, underwriting new ballets, and participating in special events.
It takes more than great dancers to make a great dance company. It takes the dedication and support of people like you. Without you, much of what we do would not be possible. Thank you for all that you do for as we celebrate our 21th Anniversary Season. I leave you with this beautiful quote from CBT Guild Member, Connie Granza:
Art always suffers in hard economic times; yet, the amazing irony is that it is the most beautiful reminder that the human spirit prevails over despair. If only we can act to preserve the best healer for a broken world.
Please mail your contribution to:
Charleston Ballet Theatre
477 King Street
Charleston SC 29403
or visit our website http://www.charlestonballet.org to make your contribution online at our secure website.
See you in the New Year!!!
Don, Patty and I wish you and your loved ones all the best !
Jill Eathorne Bahr, Resident Choreographer
Charleston Ballet Theatre