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It is our mission to instill in our dancers confidence in their physical being, a love for all arts and a sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime. We wish to create an environment which will further artistic development and growth in the human spirit. With your tax-deductible donation, you will be able to share in the mission of Tacoma City Ballet.
You have the option to designate your Gift to a specific fund (just send us an email to let us know your preference), or to simply donate to the General Fund. Should you select the General Fund, Tacoma City Ballet will apply your donation to the area we feel will provide the most immediate impact. For descriptions of each fund, please scroll down to read more information about each option.
I started taking classes at TCB when I was 12 years old. I felt an immediate connection and was nurtured in the following years. I am now working as a professional dancer and I owe so much of my success to this great establishment. Thank you so much!
Tacoma City Ballet‘s Founding Director, Miss Jan Collum, used to run errands every afternoon after school to earn a dime so she could take a ballet lesson. It was very important to her that any child who wanted to study the art of classical ballet with Tacoma City Ballet would be able to do so even if their family could not afford the tuition.
In Miss Jan’s forty-six years of teaching, she gave countless numbers of scholarships to dancers, encouraging them and preparing them to excel in whatever path of life they might choose. Tacoma City Ballet honors Miss Jan through the perpetuation of the Jan Collum Memorial Scholarship Fund and humbly continues her tradition of generosity.
When studying with TCB, dancers are taught the importance of dedication, discipline, commitment, & respect. If not for TCB’s Scholarship Program, many dancers (including myself) would never experience the art form. I am thankful for TCB, every day.
~ Natalie Berg
One month of lessons: $45-$300
Ballet Slippers: $20
Pointe Shoes: $80
Tacoma City Ballet currently awards scholarships totaling $5,000 per month, and nearly one third of all students receive some level of scholarship towards their tuition. Your donation to the Jan Collum Memorial Scholarship Fund will support Tacoma City Ballet‘s efforts to provide classical ballet training to every interested child.
TCB has been instrumental in our eldest daughter’s development, probably more than they will ever truly realize. I so appreciate how they embrace all 3 of my girls & I value the all of the wonderful things my girls learn & experience w/TCB.
~ Hart Girls’ Mom
Tacoma City Ballet has a long history of creating new works and producing award-winning choreography. Artistic Director Erin M. Ceragioli believes the creation of new works invigorates a company and connects dancers to their classical heritage. Creating and learning new choreography is a test of visual and kinetic memory, which encourages both creativity and focus in dancers and choreographers alike.
In the 2012-2013 season, Tacoma City Ballet has added a semi-annual collaborative evening of art: Sultry Summer Night Soirée and Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée. Each of these productions includes original choreography created in conjunction with artists from different genres, including musicians, novelists, and poets. For the 2013-2014 season, Artistic Director Erin M. Ceragioli is already researching some exciting, world-premier productions. We’re not releasing too many details yet, but be on the lookout for additional information when Tacoma City Ballet announces the upcoming season!
New works are exciting and challenging to create, but they also come with their own associated costs. From the creation of new scenery and costuming to purchasing orchestral scores to hiring choreographers and performers to complement Tacoma City Ballet‘s current staff, many expenses are outside the normal production costs for established performances.
Performances of new works also have associated risks. Established performances, such as The Nutcracker, and now, The Haunted Theatre, have already created a following, allowing a reasonable expectation of attendance and admission revenue. Completely new works rely on Tacoma City Ballet‘s reputation for professional quality performances to generate ticket sales. Because audience members have not had the opportunity to create a tradition of attending a brand-new show, audience numbers can be more unpredictable than with a long-established production.
Your donation to the Innovative Productions Fund will help defray the costs associated with producing new works and developing exciting new repertoire for the company.
Community involved, student focused, and eminently professional in productions. The faculty and staff quickly gained not only my trust, but my respect. This school is the model I would use in performing arts instruction.
In partnership with the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College, Tacoma City Ballet has donated hundreds of tickets to performances of The Nutcracker each of the last two years. Underprivileged members of the local community have had the opportunity to experience Tacoma City Ballet‘s re-creation of the original Russian production from 1892, complete with live orchestral accompaniment, at the beautiful Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma.
Tacoma City Ballet is interested in continuing and expanding this program, in a new partnership being formed with Tacoma Public Schools. The next step involves providing tickets for upcoming performances to elementary school children in Tacoma who would otherwise be unable to attend live, professional-calibre productions.
Your donation to the Tickets for Local School Children Fund will help provide tickets for underprivileged local school children to attend an upcoming Tacoma City Ballet performance, encouraging a life-long appreciation of the arts.
I’ve danced at TCB my whole life and can’t imagine Tacoma without this company. I’ve watched a lot of children come and go and they all leave changed with a new respect for dance and new friendships from their classmates.
Tacoma City Ballet is happy to accept your tax-deductible donation to our General Fund. Donations to our General Fund may be used towards scholarships and supplies for dancers, creation of new works, improvements to our current facilities, or general operating costs. We have been able to purchase professional lighting equipment for use in performances in the Jan Collum Ballroom and to support thousands of dollars in scholarships with contributions to this General fund. In the future, we hope to purchase chairs as well as additional lighting for our annual The Haunted Theatre production, to reduce rental expenses in the future.
Your contribution to Tacoma City Ballet‘s General Fund will be applied to the most immediate needs for Tacoma City Ballet, whether it be scholarships for our dancers, new scenery, props, and costumes for a production, or capital improvements to our facilities and equipment.
Please note that all donations made via TacomaCityBallet.com, before midnight Pacific Time on December 31, 2012, will generate an immediate email receipt dated in 2012. To ensure a prompt donation receipt after completing your online donation, please correctly enter your valid email address.
If you would prefer to mail a check to Tacoma City Ballet, the mailing address is:
Tacoma City Ballet
508 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Please ensure that you mail your donation in time to reach us by Friday, December 28th if you would like a donation receipt dated in 2012.
We are forever grateful for your support of our dancers!