We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.
Founded in 1984, Nashville Ballet has since become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee presenting a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet presents opportunities for Middle Tennesseans to experience ballet through classical, contemporary and family-friendly performances, all inspired by poetry in motion. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (the official second company of Nashville Ballet) provide arts and educational experiences to more than 75,000 audience members annually through season performances, training at School of Nashville Ballet and Community Engagement programming: The performance season brings masterworks and original new works to the community at Tennessee Performing Arts Center, performed by a company of 24 full-time, Nashville-based artists. School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance to students of all ages each year. Community Engagement programs deliver interactive, educational performances to schools and community centers across Middle Tennessee that integrate dance with core academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. As stated by the recently adopted Every Child Succeeds Act, the arts are a part of a well rounded education, and these programs support the State’s efforts to ensure developmental and academic standards are being met through a complete education.
Nashville Ballet is committed to providing exceptional and accessible arts programming and opportunities to a diverse community through three primary initiatives: season performances, community engagement programs, and School of Nashville Ballet. Through these initiatives, Nashville Ballet makes a deep impact on thousands of individuals across Middle Tennessee and beyond.
Accomplishments of 2016
· Through its three arms of operations, Nashville Ballet is currently providing artistic and educational experiences to more than 75,000 audience members annually.
· Nashville Ballet has steadily increased investments in community engagement initiatives, now contributing nearly $500,000 in direct and indirect resources towards its efforts. Aimed at eliminating the geographic and financial barriers to experiencing the arts by bringing quality educational performances out into the community, these initiatives are reaching the diverse communities of Middle Tennessee with breadth and depth.
Goals for 2017-2018
· Create a global artistic brand on the foundation of classical ballet and contemporary dance innovation by mounting original and masterworks that challenge Nashville Ballet's audiences, artists and collaborators.
· Invest in and grow School of Nashville Ballet as a preeminent school of dance, noted for its development of dance artists steeped in the foundation of the ballet tradition and their own personal, human development.
Nashville Ballet's greatest needs are related to increased patron loyalty:
1) General Support and Membership: Donors who contribute unrestricted dollars to support Nashville Ballet's mission-critical activities are a part of our membership program, which offers a great package of experiential benefits.
2) Season Ticket Holders: A growing base of season ticket holders ensures lively and continuously learning audiences, a must-have to continue to produce great art!
5) Sponsorship Support: Nashville Ballet relies on institutional support from locally owned and operated business and entrepreneurs throughout the business community. Sponsorships provide essential underwriting support to pursue our mission while offering an effective way to connect businesses to Nashville Ballet's patrons.
the new President of the Board of Directors at Nashville Ballet, I am thrilled
to have the opportunity to applaud Nashville Ballet’s recent accomplishments
and share some very exciting things on our horizon. Serving as a member of the
Board of Director since 2008, I have seen Nashville Ballet grow with
sophistication, artistic integrity and effective pursuit of its mission. With
consistent and strong leadership, Nashville Ballet is quickly taking not only
Middle Tennessee by storm, but is rising to the occasion of being a respected
and renowned company of national and international standing, as well.
Since its inception in 1986, Nashville Ballet has been the gateway for Tennesseans to experience ballet through classical, neoclassical, contemporary and family-friendly productions. The performance season encompasses five ballets performed at Tennessee Performing Arts Center, with additional performances presented at the in-studio theater at the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet. Season repertory is diverse, offering an array of original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling and other 21st century choreographers, beloved story ballets and renowned master works from around the globe. The 2016-2017 season explores the theme of "uncover the untold," presenting narratives that delve deeper into stories we might be familiar with, but with a unique human spin.
An intrinsic part of Nashville Ballet’s
mission is our commitment to the community through our Community Engagement
program. These programs expose children, teens and adults to the artistry,
beauty and athleticism of dance by providing unique performances that cultivate
an interest in the arts. Through these far-reaching and accessible programs
Nashville Ballet aims to eliminate geographic and financial barriers to arts
and arts education, believing that this is how we build the arts patrons,
artists and civic leaders of tomorrow, and that they are reflective of our
region's rich diversity. Reaching 40,000 audience members annually, these
programs take dancers, music and sets into schools, libraries and community
centers throughout more than a dozen Middle Tennessee counties. Each of our
school curriculum-based programs (for children pre-school all the way through
high school) meet many of the developmental and academic standards set forth by
the state of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) system,
and are interactive in nature, appealing to various learning styles and needs
of all ages. Our Family and Community Programs introduce audiences to the art
of dance with public performances and help us develop and cultivate educated
viewers with a passion and appreciation for the arts. These programs provide a
unique, intimate and educational experience for everyone in attendance.
Community partners helping to deliver these programs include the Metro
Nashville Public Library, Metro Parks and Recreation and Nashville Metro Public
Schools. Public and private entities can learn more and book performances
through our website.
School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest
quality dance training for students of all ages and experience levels.
Qualified faculty provide a comprehensive dance education that
is challenging and rewarding. Students are individually nurtured with expertise
and sensitivity. With two campuses, School of Nashville Ballet provides a
variety of training and recreational programs: Children’s
(ages 2-5), Academy (ages 6-18), Community (ages 13+), Professional
Training (ages 16+), and Studio (8-18) Divisions. The new Young Men’s
Scholarship Program (6-18) offers an emphasis on developing specific male
technique and addressing the unique challenges that face young men.
School of Nashville Ballet also offers a nationally recognized Summer Intensive program. This 7-week training camp provides extensive instruction for serious dancers from all over the world and prepares students for a career in dance. Through an ongoing partnership with Belmont University, most students participating in the Summer Intensive stay in the Belmont residence halls while living in and exploring Nashville.
Nashville Ballet's commitment to accessibility extends beyond the Community Engagement programs: School of Nashville Ballet offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to students who have a passion for dance and a desire to study. Meeting income-qualifying standards and demonstrating an affinity for the art form, students selected for this program receive the opportunity to study through the entire curriculum at School of Nashville Ballet at no cost. Often, these students are recruited through the Community Engagement’s Residency program or through the Boys and Girls Club partnership, Project Plie.
Nashville Ballet's artistic
reputation has grown significantly in recent years, both nationally and
internationally. This evolution has made us better poised to attract top-tier
talent and diversify our repertoire with recent groundbreaking accomplishments
such as: embarking on a dancer wage study to ensure competitive pay and working
weeks, revamping the Strategic Plan to best address our changing artistic needs
and goals, and garnering approval to perform masterworks from the catalogues of
Balanchine and Kylian. We are challenged to maintain a diverse and
sophisticated performance season where the audience embraces our curatorial
School of Nashville Ballet continues to experience a growth in demand for dance instruction for students of all ages. ELEVATE, Nashville Ballet's Capital Campaign to renovate and expand our current facility, was completed in May 2015. Providing us with much of the resources we needed to meet growing demand (namely space), we are now able to turn our attention to the further investment and management of ensuring we fill our seven dance studios with the best faculty, most accommodating classes, and maintain The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet as a safe and nurturing place to dance.
Nashville Ballet maintains a commitment to serving our community in important ways, and has steadily increased its impact over recent years through the important work of Community Engagement initiatives. Thanks to funding from corporate and private citizens to help underwrite the costs of bringing arts education to the many communities of our region, Nashville Ballet has been able to continue its investment in this arm of operations: we have grown the scope of these initiatives significantly in recent years, growing an average of 18% per year from FY13 to FY15 in audience reach, and now hold steady at impacting about 40,000 members of the community each year with innovative education programming. We are now challenged to maintain this service and grow in sophistication of our programs, as well as our ability to evaluate program effectiveness. Additional staffing will be required to support the many aspects of increased programming, such as managing bookings, training dancers with an increased repertory of ballets, measuring impact, moderating performances and adequately managing and caring for costumes and sets.
Lisa Dixon French recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee following a successful tenure as Executive Director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. While in Portland, Lisa led a highly inclusive strategic planning process that focused the organization on service to the community by enriching lives through music. Lisa also strengthened the orchestra’s financial stability, with increased contributed and earned income, increased endowment funds, and five years of balanced operating budgets that grew from $2.5 million to $3.3 million from 2010-2015.
Originally from Edina, Minnesota, Lisa went to Portland from her role as the Chief Operating Officer of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Lisa is also a graduate of an executive level orchestra leadership program through the League of American Orchestras. This intensive one‐year fellowship program included residencies with the Boston Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Lisa graduated from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) in clarinet performance and music education, and received an Arts Leadership Program Certificate. Lisa has also served on the Board of the Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Board of Visitors for the University of Southern Maine.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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Nashville Ballet's recent Capital Campaign has impacted contributions and expense items reported on the prior two years' financial statements and tax returns. We have attempted to delineate an approximation of this impact on our most recent Federal Form 990, Schedule O, in an effort to show the continued financial strength of the organization independent of the capital campaign. Furthermore, expected contributions and expenses for the current year are not included in the operational budget but will be reported on year-end audited financial statements and tax returns.
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