We create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.
Celebrating 30 years, Nashville Ballet is 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 (a pre-professional training company) provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and Outreach & Education programming. Nashville Ballet delivers Outreach & Education programming to community centers, Head Start centers, public libraries, and public schools across Tennessee that integrates dance education with core academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies to support the State’s developmental and academic standards. School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance to nearly 2,000 students of all ages each year.
Nashville Ballet is committed to providing exceptional and accessible arts programming and opportunities to a diverse community through three primary initiatives: season performances, Outreach & Education programs, and School of Nashville Ballet. Through these initiatives, Nashville Ballet makes a deep impact on thousands of individuals across Middle Tennessee and beyond.
· More than 65,000 people are reached each year, gaining exposure and becoming more deeply integrated with the fine arts and ballet.
· In 2014 Nashville’s Nutcracker became the highest-grossing production in Nashville Ballet’s 29-year history, bringing this holiday classic to over 22,000 children, adults and families.
· In 2013 Nashville Ballet’s Kayla Rowser was named in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”
· Received a grant from the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts to present Petite Mort as part of the 2014 Ben Folds Project.
· School of Nashville Ballet classes have been operating at capacity since 2011 with enrollment surging from 662 in 2011 to over 2,100 in 2015. This represents a more than 300% increase in enrolled students from age 2 to 70.
· Nashville Ballet reached more than 37,000 children and adults through Outreach & Education programs in Fiscal 2014 year throughout 16 counties in Middle Tennessee.
Goals for 2015
· Create a new outreach ballet focused on middle school aged students; a first step toward doubling our reach to this age demographic.
· Develop School of Nashville Ballet classes for seniors (ages 65+) to improve wellness and to meet the community’s physical and mental fitness needs.
· Award more need-based school scholarships to students in our Residency program at Metro Nashville Title 1 Schools.
· Complete ELEVATE, the Capital Campaign to build the future of Nashville Ballet, raising $5.5 million by mid-year 2015.
Nashville Ballet’s $4.7 million budget is supported by ticket sales, school revenue and contributions. Earned revenue continues to be a stabilizing force for the company, however, maintaining a steady and growing source of contributed revenue is equally vital to our success and continued excellence. Thus, donor participation is critical in the following ways:
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. In exchange for your generosity and display of support, we provide an extensive program of membership benefits to allow donors to engage more deeply with the art and artists of Nashville Ballet.
2) Creation Fund donations: This Fund supports the evolution of new repertory, fulfilling a critical component of our mission. It ensures that Nashville Ballet programming will continue to be an exciting and innovative option for residents in Music City and beyond.
3) School of Nashville Ballet Scholarship Fund: School of Nashville Ballet offers dance training for all
ages and abilities and takes seriously its role
as a top-caliber educator in the community. Aiming to serve a student body
that reflects the demographics of our Middle Tennessee region, need-based scholarships are awarded to provide tuition and supplies to
qualifying students who demonstrate a passion for and commitment to dance. With the recent facility expansion, School of Nashville Ballet will
have more physical space to accommodate a greater number of scholarship
students. The value of a full academic year scholarship varies, averaging
approximately $2,500 per student. Individual and Corporate gifts are gratefully accepted to help underwrite the costs associated with these scholarship enrollments. With the community's help, the school hopes to increase its scholarship student enrollment to account for 10% of the student body by 2020.
4) Sponsorship Support: Nashville Ballet relies on corporate support with season sponsors, Outreach & Education partners, and other program sponsors from local businesses.
5) ELEVATE: The capital campaign to build the future of Nashville Ballet remains an institutional priority. Though less than $100,000 is needed to meet the $5.5 million fundraising goal, we will continue to raise campaign funds to offset the cost of the $8.2 million project. Continued fundraising success will alleviate the debt we carry and promote even greater long-term financial viability.
As Board President of Nashville Ballet, I am proud of the organization’s incredible 29-year history. Nashville Ballet has soared to unprecedented status over the last several years and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility. Nashville Ballet’s Board of Directors manages and governs the organization’s assets with utmost care and effectiveness. We own our own facility and hold enormous pride in our history of working within a balanced budget while holding no debt other than for our facility expansion. Board members support Nashville Ballet in a variety of ways: through 100% participation in the annual fund, performance series subscriptions, Ballet Ball attendance, connecting the organization to local businesses and fostering corporate sponsorship, and advocating Nashville Ballet’s mission in the community. Over the past several years, Nashville Ballet has significantly increased efforts to more thoroughly engage the Board through the use of active committees and opportunities to lead important initiatives, providing members with meaningful ways to invest in both our successes and our challenges.
Artistically, Nashville Ballet is holding its own in contributing to the many reasons why Nashville is the second most vibrant arts community in America (Arts Vibrancy Index, SMU’s National Center for Arts Research, 2014). Under the leadership of Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director & CEO, our organization has risen to receive international recognition as one of America’s premiere regional ballet companies. Nashville Ballet showcases a robust repertoire of original works created by Mr. Vasterling as well as masterworks by many of ballet’s great choreographers, all of which are executed by the top-tier talent of our main Company and NB2 dancers.
Like any arts organization, Nashville Ballet is challenged to increase audiences and donors to support continued success of our mission-critical programs. With the recent expansion and renovation of our facility, which will enable School of Nashville Ballet to better meet the growing demand for services and classes, we are well poised for the next phase of growth and continued excellence in performance, dance education and outreach. Nashville Ballet’s Board of Directors is eager to govern this exceptional organization through this exciting time of growth and expansion.
First and foremost, Nashville Ballet is a performing arts company whose artists, dancers and teachers reside in Nashville throughout the year. The main company presents a season repertoire of five full-scale productions, as well as narrated children’s ballets. We are committed to presenting innovative dance and classical ballets performed in collaboration with some of Nashville's finest musicians, composers and designers.
Secondly, we strive to provide the highest level of professional and recreational dance training in the community.The elite faculty and staff of our School of Nashville Ballet provide world-class instruction for students of all ages and abilities. Programs offered include a Children’s Division, an Academy to train students who are interested in pursuing a professional dance career, as well as a Community Division offering a wide range of dance classes to adults promoting healthy, active lifestyles, regardless of skill level. The demand for these services has increased significantly and steadily since 2011. After multiple years of operating School classes at capacity with long waitlists, the Board of Directors approved a plan to renovate and expand the facility, equipping Nashville Ballet with the resources it needs to continue long-term growth. ELEVATE, Nashville Ballet’s Capital Campaign to renovate and expand our current facility, was launched in 2013 and completed in May 2015.
The third facet of our mission is Outreach & Education programming, which brings interactive dance and arts education to 43,000 children and families in Middle Tennessee through interactive children's ballets. Stemming from the philosophy that the arts should be accessible to anyone and everyone, and responding to our nation’s continued decline of in-school arts offerings, these performances are designed to break down potential barriers to arts education.
Nashville Ballet perpetuates the successes of these three mission-critical aspects of our operations through sound and ambitious financial, artistic, marketing, sales, and development plans. We are proud and honored to serve Middle Tennessee with performances, dance education and outreach initiatives of the highest caliber.
The 2015-2016 30th anniversary season
will open at TPAC with Peter Pan.
Featuring original choreography by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO
Paul Vasterling, and original set and costume design commissioned by Nashville
Ballet. Dracula will then be presented as a second fall production featuring choreography
and libretto by Paul Vasterling and music by Malcolm Martineau. Nashville’s Nutcracker , a timeless
holiday classic, features an adapted story celebrating Nashville’s unique
history. Bringing the
best of Nashville’s thriving arts community together to highlight some of the
most unique and inspirational collaborations in Music City, this year’s Attitude will be presented in creative
partnership with The Bluebird Café featuring original works in collaboration
with select Bluebird artists, Petite
Mort and Chopin
Ballet will present the world premiere of Layla
and resurrect Vasterling’s Carmina Burana
alongside it in the spring. Layla, based
on the ancient Persian story of Layla and Majnun, will be set to an original
score. Carmina Burana
is set to iconic instrumentation written by German composer Carl Orff. The season will close with Degas + the Little Dancer, a narrated children’s ballet. Narration and interactive elements
make this ballet, based on the book of the same name by Laurence Anholt,
perfect for all ages.
An intrinsic part of Nashville Ballet’s mission is our commitment to the community through our Outreach & Education 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 Outreach & Education we are able to reach 43,000 children and adults by taking 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 at 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. A few of our Outreach & Education community partnerships include the Metro Nashville Public Library, Metro Parks and Recreation and the Metro Public Schools.
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+) and Professional Training (ages 16+) Divisions. With access to more dance space thanks to the ELEVATE capital campaign, a fifth division has been added to the school's offerings: Studio Division will allow students (ages 8-18) to train with professional instructors at a more flexible pace. The Studio Division schedule allows students to pursue dance alongside other extracurricular activities and explore more dance styles, including jazz, hip hop and musical theater.
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 artistic reputation has grown significantly in recent years, both nationally and internationally. With this evolution, we are better poised to attract top-tier talent and diversify our repertoire with both quantity and quality as more choreographers see Nashville Ballet as a reputable company to stage major works. We are challenged to continue developing a sophisticated audience to embrace our curatorial choices. As an example, our ability to provide artistically ambitious programming relies in part on our audience purchasing tickets without necessarily recognizing programs by name. Likewise, it is also a challenge to balance this new programming with classic “story ballet” programming, such as Swan Lake.
The School of Nashville Ballet continues to experience a growth in demand for dance instruction for students of all ages. Many of our classes have been sold out for more than two years with it being physically impossible to add classes to meet this demand due to lack of studio space. In response, we launched ELEVATE, Nashville Ballet's Capital Campaign to renovate and expand our current facility. With this project now complete we can become the dance school our community is demanding. The newly expanded facility opened in May 2015 and allows us to immediately increase not only the number of classes offered, but the types of classes offered. In fall 2015 we will launch a new division of classes, the Studio Division, for older children and teens who want to continue studying dance at a high level but with a scaled back time commitment. With this opportunity we will be challenged to find talented and available instructors who will grow with us as our number of classes grows slowly over the next few years.
Outreach & Education has been meeting a growing demand for arts education for many years. In response, Nashville Ballet sought out funding to directly support the increase in these initiatives. With a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nashville Ballet was able to significantly expand literacy-based "Story Time" outreach ballets throughout Middle Tennessee. Thanks to this and other generous support from corporate and private citizens Nashville Ballet has been able to continue its investment in this arm of operations: The reach of these initiatives has experienced significant growth over the past two fiscal years, averaging 18% per year. A steady growth of community support is needed to continue this trajectory of program reach and quality of impact. 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.
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.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Nashville Ballet's ongoing 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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