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American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit organization. We rely on the contributions of individuals like you to help sustain the outstanding artistic quality of our programming and the excellence of our dance education. It takes much more than we earn through ticket sales and tuition to fulfill our mission:
to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and dance students through artistic and educational programs.
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Founded in 1954, American Repertory Ballet’s mission is: “to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs.
This mission is fulfilled through: American Repertory Ballet - the preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company in New Jersey, Princeton Ballet School - one of the largest non-profit dance schools in the nation, and ARB’s Access and Enrichment initiatives- including the long running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program.
The patrons and supporters of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School are crucial to helping this organization continue to achieve great things - from world class performances and outstanding dance training, to acclaimed educational programming and community engagement.
We value your support, and thank you for your contribution.
Please consider supporting one of the following funds:
1. ARB’s Artistic Fund: to support the commissioning of new work, live music, dancers’ salaries, pointe shoes, costumes and other artistic expenses.
ARB’s female dancers use about 1 pair of pointe shoes per week, and, at almost $100 per pair, ARB spends about $15,000 annually on pointe shoes. Your donation of $100 and more to our “Pointe Shoe Fund” will cover the cost of one pair of Pointe Shoes for one of our professional dancers, which will last her about one week.
ARB is committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Your donation of $2,500 and more will support the creation of a new ballet for the company.
ARB believes in the value of live music and our company performs at least once each season to live music. Your donation of $5,000 and more helps support our live music initiatives.
2. “Keep the Magic Alive” Nutcracker Fund: to support the preservation, design, and creation of
costumes, sets, and other production expenses for ARB’s annual Nutcracker .
In 2013, ARB will celebrate its 50th annual Nutcracker season. Your donation of $50 or more in honor of our 50th Nutcracker will help support the “Keep the Magic Alive” Nutcracker Fund.
3. Scholarship Funds: to support Princeton Ballet School’s merit and need scholarships for students of
all ages and abilities, including those chosen from ARB’s DANCE POWER program.
The Sally Edwards Award: During her 25 years as a teacher at Princeton Ballet School, Sally Edwards instilled in her students a love of dance, an enthusiasm for hard work, and a concern for the welfare of classmates. Her exuberance in class, her dedication to the holistic development of her pupils, and her creation of a classroom environment that encouraged mutual growth, won her a loyal following among several generations of students and parents. Each year, this fund awards tuition assistance to a young dancer for whom this will make a difference.
The Molly Clifton Award: was established by Lisa and Lionel de Ravel to honor the memory of Molly Clifton, who was a dancer in American Repertory Ballet from 1988 to 1991. The de Ravels established this award to keep Molly’s “dancing spirit” alive by singling out a young female dancer with a special spark, and a warmth and kindness towards classmates.
The Philip Jerry Award: Philip Jerry was a principal dancer in the Joffrey Ballet who moved to Princeton in his 30s in order to attend Princeton University. During his undergraduate years, he worked as a ballet master and choreographer for American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School, and choreographed his masterwork, “Our Town.” This scholarship honors his memory by singling out young male dancers of exceptional promise.
The Ruth Pettit Award: Ruth Pettit, mother of Broadway performer and recording artist Dodie Pettit, worked as our costumer while Dodie was a student at Princeton Ballet School. This award was set up by the Pettit family to honor her memory, and in remembrance of her involvement in our organization. It is awarded to young dancers of great promise.
The Orphanides Award: Nora Orphanides, long-time Princeton Ballet School faculty member, and board member of ARB/PBS, established this award to help support advanced students who come to Princeton Ballet School to continue their studies and training for professional work. It is awarded to members of our Professional Training Program or Trainee Program who are new to the school.
The Audrée Estey Award: this award is given in memory of Princeton Ballet School’s founder, Audrée Estey. It is awarded each year to a rising high school senior of strong potential and consistent progress, who also shows exemplary conduct in attendance, conscientiousness, and positive attitude.
4. ARB’s Access and Enrichment Programs: to support the ongoing programs such as DANCE POWER and On Pointe, which provide free and accessible dance educational programs tocommunities across New Jersey.
ARB’s DANCE POWER Scholars program provides over $65,000 in scholarships to students from the New Brunswick public school system to study at Princeton Ballet School each year. Your donation of $500 or more will enable a DANCE POWER Scholar to take six months of ballet classes that they otherwise could not afford.
ARB’s On Pointe lecture/demonstration series continues to expand, exposing more audience members to the world of dance, for free, in the personal and casual environment of our Princeton Ballet School studios. Your donation of just $25 or more helps us continue to offer these programs free of charge to the public.
5. ARB’s School Fund, to support faculty, teachers, accompanist salaries, as well as basic expenses such as rent for the studios, heat and air conditioning,and much more.
Princeton Ballet School offers over 160 classes per week across its three studios, in Princeton, Cranbury and New Brunswick, and remains unique in its ability and insistence on providing live piano accompaniment in every ballet class.
Your donation of $250 or more will pay for a live piano accompanist for several ballet classes.
Your donation of $1500 or more will help underwrite one faculty member's salary for one class each year.