Meeting Charleston Ballet Theatre in 2012

ImageIt is with an assured strength of purpose as well as a desire to meet the challenge of our artform that everyone at Charleston Ballet Theatre strives to be as treasured an arts organization as we can be as we reveal our gift of dance to Charleston each year.   

Charleston Ballet Theatre is not only a dance company, but a ballet school, and a leader in community engagement.  Our world-class performing company presents five major programs each year, from cutting edge modern works to world premieres, to story ballets to the well-respected masterworks of choreographers such as George Balanchine.

Our presence is felt in the public schools in Charleston & Dorchester II School systems and through our pre-professional training programs that allow young dancers to perform in our productions. Our school reaches hundreds of students in the Lowcountry through classes at our two schools and nationally during our four week intensive summer workshop each summer. CBT‘s  unmatched performance opportunities include our annual cherished production of The Nutcracker for ages six and up, the Broadway Dance Project for dancers over the age of nine, the Palmetto City Youth Ballet for aspiring advanced students, and the Spring Recitals for all students and the Summer Intensive Workshops.

Without a professional company attached to the school, these opportunities would not exist. Rehearsing and performing onstage with CBT gives the student dancers an exclusive glimpse into the profession of dance.

CBT increases access to the Arts through our school by giving many significant and partial scholarships to students whose parents have lost or been laid off from their jobs. We strongly feel the inability to pay tuition is never a good reason for a talented, creative child to be deprived of learning and exposure to the arts. Through the balance of generous community support, we are able to offer these special scholarships to those who otherwise may never have the opportunities afforded to others. Being a student at CBT is a magical experience. During each class, aspiring dancers move closer to achieving their dreams, develop life-long friendships and form vital life skills that will carry them successfully far into the future.

Since tickets and tuition do not cover the cost of our productions and student aid, contributors are responsible for a tremendous amount of our yearly budget.  We are grateful to the generous donors who recognize the importance of this unique art form in our community – from the sheer joy of watching the artistry and energy of our dancers to the valuable skills and creative outlet that ballet provides students across the southeast.  So many of our supporters have no real comprehension of the many identities of CBT or of the countless ways in which CBT enriches the life of our community.  If any of us have unintentionally neglected to recognize how many individuals, companies, foundations and government agencies make our programming possible.  Let me assure you … This holiday season we want to make sure we thank each and every one of you. 

In closing I have created my “wish list for 2012” – These items are big ticket items. For many of you this wish is an insurmountable request but for others these necessities could be the most significant and healthiest legacy to leave behind a central impact on the continued growth of professional dance in the community. .  Without them we will continue to grow slow and steady but with this help CBT Creativity has no boundaries.    If you would like to see a copy of this list please contact me at j.bahr@charlestonballet.org. Otherwise it is my hope this holiday season; that you can consider Charleston Ballet Theatre in your end-of-year giving.  Your gift will truly have a significant impact on the life of our community.   Your secure gift can be made online at our website at www.charlestonballet.org .  

Here is to a great 2012!     Thank you for your generosity,  Patricia, Don &  I send our best!  The Board of Directors, Staff and Dancers thank you as wel! !!

Jill Eathorne Bahr

Resident Choreographer  CEO

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