Orlando Ballet Inc.
415 E. Princeton Street
Orlando FL 32803-1453
Contact Information
Address 415 E. Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803 1453
Phone (407) 426-1733
Fax (407) 426-1734
Email kberman@orlandoballet.org
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Mission
Mission

The Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate and enrich the cultural growth of our community through the highest quality of dance.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Managing Director Katherine Fabian
Board Chair Ms. Ava K. Doppelt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath, & Gilchrist, P.A.
History
IRS Ruling Year 1974
Former Names
NameYear
Southern Ballet Theatre1974
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $4,013,907.00
Projected Expenses $4,010,018.00
Statements
Mission

The Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate and enrich the cultural growth of our community through the highest quality of dance.

Impact
The 2012/13 mainstage season included Vampire’s Ball, October 19-21, 2012; The Nutcracker December 2-23, with live accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hollywood En Pointe, a new production choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Hill from February 15-16, 2013. In addition to Hill, the production featured choreography of Peter Chu and Arcadian Broad. The season closed with Carmina Burana, in partnership with the Bach Festival Society from April 12-14, 2013. The Family Series presented Hansel & Gretel, October 20 ;The Nutcracker, December 22-23; and The Little Mermaid on April 13. Efforts to broaden its audience base included, Uncorked! at The Abbey, as well as Family Series performances at The Garden Theatre in Winter Gardens and Osceola Center for the Arts.
 
The Ballet's outreach programs  awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships ensuring that underserved youth in our community have the opportunity to study dance regardless of their ability to pay. Orlando Ballet added a 4that-risk elementary school to its STEPS Program, growing that program by more than 45% to serve 62 students during the school year. Orlando Ballet presented more than 60 free outreach performances and reached more than 14,000 2nd grade Orange County students. A pilot program, Adaptive Dance for children with Down syndrome was launched. 

The Orlando Ballet's 2013-14 40th Anniversary Season will kick off with "Tribute" a weekend of celebrated fan favorites and pas de deux from Mr. Hill's tenure, followed by "Romeo & Juliet," the world premiere "Some Assembly Required"  and "Carmen."  The Family Series will present "Snow White" and "Beauty and the Beast." Our holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker" will feature live orchestration by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.  Additional performances will be held at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden and The Abbey in Downtown Orlando, as well as performances new venues such as the Osceola Center for Performing Arts in Kissimmee.
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
1.  $110,000   Four sprung wood and marley floors ($27,500 per with a 10-15 year life span), $12,000 one performance marley floor (10-15 year life span), $40,000 studio wall partition, $2,500 advertising & Marketing (building signage, banners, etc.)

2.  Funding for live music accompaniment by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for NUTCRACKER: $65,000 annually

3. Funding for a guest choreographer: $30,000 annually
4.  Production Sponsors for main stage season, family series, and Uncrooked lecture/performance series:  $25,000+ per production
5.  Corporate and community involvement on the organization's Board of Directors, sub-committees, and annual financial giving.
Background
  • 1974 - The Performing Arts Company of Florida was started with twelve young, non-paid dancers and only $4,000. Founded by Kip Watson, Barbara Riggins and Patti Watson Walsh.  
  • 1977 - The first full-length performances of Cinderella were presented at the Civic theatre to seven sold out houses.
  • 1978 - The Company launches a touring program, changes its name to Southern Ballet Theatre, and found a new home for local performances at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.
  • 1980 - Southern Ballet gained momentum with their first six professional dancers and an inaugural subscription series. The Company also premiered its first original full-length ballet, Fionula, to a commissioned score by Nelson Huber performed by the Florida Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1982 - Southern Ballet opened a ballet school to meet the growing demand for dance instruction.
  • 1992 - The Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (STEPS) is launched. It is the first full intensive dance program for “at risk” children. Also, the Company finds a new home at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
  • 2000 - Artistic standards continue to climb with the arrival of international star and one of the foremost American male dancers of his generation, Fernando Bujones, as the Artistic Director and Peter Stark as Director of the Orlando Ballet School. 
  • 2001 - The Ballet School received its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • 2002 - The Company changes its name from the Southern Ballet Theatre to Orlando Ballet.
  • 2005 - With the untimely passing of Fernando Bujones, Bruce Marks becomes Orlando Ballet’s Artistic Director.
  • 2009 - Robert Hill becomes the new Artistic Director.
  • 2010 – Dierdre Miles Burger becomes the new School Director. A former dancer with Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet, Miles Burger previously served as the principal of the Boston Ballet School and guest ballet mistress for Orlando Ballet.
  • 2011 – Orlando Ballet School becomes the first institution to host a training course for American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum outside ofNew York. This year also saw the launch of Orlando BalletSchool’s new 2- week Summer Intensive program inJacksonvillein partnership with the Florida Ballet.
  • 2012 – Orlando Ballet eliminates deficit and begins operating in the black.  Katherine Fabian is named Managing Director. 
  • 2013 - Full length production of The Nutcracker with live orchestra by the Orlando Philharmonic. 
  • 2013/14 - Orlando Ballet celebrates its 40th Anniversary and Robert Hill celebrates 5-years as Artistic Director.
CEO Statement  The Company’s 2012-13 season closed with Carmina Burana, an extraordinary new work by Artistic Director-Robert Hill, performed in a unique collaboration with the Bach Festival Society.  The enthusiasm generated this past season should propel us to an even higher community profile as we enter our 40th anniversary season.  With a dedicated and committed staff, and a proactive Board with eight new members who bring new community connections and funding sources, we anticipate continued success in 2013-14.

Our attention must also turn to planning for our 2014-15 season debut in the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Orlando. As the resident dance company for the Performing Arts Center, we are excited about this opportunity, and anticipate a positive impact on ticket sales and philanthropic giving. Orlando Ballet hopes to continue to expand and diversify its audience base, stimulate interest in ballet training, increase educational and outreach, provide a unique showcase for artists, and ensure stability through sound management and an expansion of our support base.

Board Chair Statement
I came to Orlando Ballet (then known as Southern Ballet Theatre) frankly, because I was asked to join the board by two board members whom I knew and respected. But I have long been a fan of professional ballet, and went regularly to performances of the ABT and NYCB when I lived in New York before moving to Orlando in 1983. As a member of
the Legal Department at Reader’s Digest in NY, I was involved in the Wallace Foundations’ philanthropy for various cultural institutions. One of the lawyers in my office served on the board of the New York City Ballet and was very active in a host of other NYC cultural organizations (his informal title, though he did have a real one that I can’t recall, was “NY culture czar”). I found it fascinating to learn about the inner workings of big philanthropy and big city cultural institutions,  and the internecine politics of all that. It was very exciting to be a part of such a vibrant arts scene.

The ballet was one of the first places we went when we moved to Orlando—it was gratifying to know that we had a well-established professional company, and many wonderful dancers.

I suppose I have the same little girl love of  ballet, formed when I studied ballet as a young child, that most little girls have. I had books about ballet, watched the Red Shoes over and over (and later,The Turning Point), and fantasized about becoming a ballerina someday. It was a child’s dream—I never studied seriously, like many of our students. I have read numerous books about Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein and the history of ballet in the United States and in Russia and Europe, and I find the business of ballet (as well as its colorful personalities) quite interesting.

I still love it—it’s a beautiful art form, comprehensible to anyone, though at different levels of understanding, requiring no specialized knowledge of language or music or history. I want Orlandoans to come and see it and love it as I do, because like so many art forms, it can raise you up and set your spirits soaring.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType Ballet
Secondary Organization Type Education
Secondary Organiztion SubType Vocational & Technical Schools
Tertiary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Organization SubType Dance
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
FL - Lake
FL - Osceola
FL - Seminole
FL - Volusia

The Orlando Ballet serves several counties including Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Hillsborough and is part of the larger geographic area referred to as Central Florida. The Central Florida area supports a diverse population of more than 3 million.

Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.  Goals:

·        To continue the tradition begun in 1974; the creation of classically trained company that has technical and theatrical ability to excite and inspire its audiences.

·        To develop a diverse repertoire, preserving the classical masterworks and embracing the future with innovative works that will enrich the art of ballet.

·        To maintain a school committed to superior dance instruction and training for individuals of all ages, with an international reputation.

·        To reach out to the community through lecture demonstrations, school workshops, performances, and other educational projects, expanding audiences’ understand of the art form and promoting a sense of inclusion in the Orlando Ballet family.

Objectives:

·        Expand all aspects of Orlando Ballet’s community outreach programs to meet the needs of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.

·        Continue live music accompaniment at The Nutcracker performances and expand throughout the season’s repertoire by hiring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

·        Aggressively pursue new funding sources including foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and major individual gifts to increase contributed income throughout the organization.

·        Investigate touring opportunities throughout Florida and beyond.

Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?  Despite these unexpected challenges, recent loss of its home of 22-years and moving transition, the Ballet has been proactive to assure the organization becomes fiscally stable. The Ballet is implementing a sound business plan and new strategies recommended by consultant Diane Mataraza.  A conservative operational budget for 2013-14 has been adopted to reflect predictable revenues, as well as several cost cutting measures on the expense side. A new strategic planning process has been underway throughout FY13 directed by a Board Task Force, with a new long range plan proposed by fall 2013. The new plan will address projected artistic and school programming, financial challenges, and expanded fundraising efforts through 2016.

Creative budgeting and planning for FY13 allowed the organization to add live orchestration to its annual production ofThe Nutcrackerand the Bach Festival Society’s orchestra and choir in the presentation ofCarmina Burana. In addition, the organization launched an Adaptive Dance pilot program for children with Downs Syndrome in partnership with a local social service/health agency, and has expanded to five mainstage productions for FY14 (it’s 40thAnniversary Season).  

Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

In FY13 the organization recruited eight new Board members, strengthened is governance and fundraising support, revised expectations and function, and is now working toward specific goals in terms of board composition and purpose. In addition,Kathleen Berman was hired as the new Director of Development in May 2013. Berman has spent more than 15 years in the not-for-profit arts community and will be an asset to the organization’s fundraising efforts.

 The Ballet is proud of the efforts it has made to cut costs and run operations on a lean budget without sacrificing artistic quality. Its efforts have resulted in decreased spending while maintaining the 22 member dance company completely intact. The Ballet’s ability to withstand difficult economic times and maintain the artistic integrity of the Company is an indication of its ability to plan and react appropriately. 

Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?  Evaluation of progress includes the following:  Ticket sales and attendance records are compiled and analyzed for each season. Orlando Ballet regularly conducts intercept and other surveys of its audiences to ascertain its patron’s current concerns and satisfactions. Funding from the Orange County has also resulted in surveying of Orlando Ballet audiences by the Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau. These results identify audience demographics and economic impact of the funded activities. Press and media coverage, including reviews, is also continually evaluated, as are fundraising efforts. 

 

Success of the Orlando Ballet School programs is evaluated by student success in national and international dance competitions and students ability to obtain professional dance employment after graduation. Students receive bi-annual written evaluations by master teachers and a six member Parent/Student Committee meet annually to provide feedback to the staff.

 

STEPS Program participants are evaluated on both academic and behavioral scales by academic teachers in the school system. The program has been shown to limit the incidence of at-risk related behavior with academic school teachers reporting an 80% marked memory and behavioral improvement, 82% in motor skills, and 92% in self-esteem. Approximately 80% of students currently enrolled in the STEPS program show improvement on the comprehensive scale of academics and behavior. Students also receive semi-annual evaluations on their progress in dance class from the Orlando Ballet School faculty.

 

Students and teachers who participate in the annual Orange County Public School performances (more than 16,000 annually) are regularly surveyed and their comments collected and reviewed by staff. These evaluations are used to continually revamp and improve the program.

 

The Finance Committee of the Board of Directors meet monthly to review budgets to ensure the organization is operating in a fiscally prudent manner.

 

Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?  The Ballet is proud of the efforts it has made to cut costs and run operations on a lean budget without sacrificing artistic quality. Its efforts have resulted in decreased spending while maintaining the 22 member dance company completely intact. The Ballet’s ability to withstand difficult economic times and maintain the artistic integrity of the Company is an indication of its ability to plan and react appropriately. Creative budgeting and planning for FY13 allowed the organization to add live orchestration to its annual production ofThe Nutcrackerand the Bach Festival Society’s orchestra and choir in the presentation ofCarmina Burana. In addition, the organization launched an Adaptive Dance pilot program for children with Downs Syndrome in partnership with a local social service/health agency, and has expanded to five mainstage productions for FY14 (it’s 40thAnniversary Season).  

 

With the excitement surrounding the completion of the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center, a 330,000 square-foot facility surrounded by public a plaza and commercial development including office, hotel, residential and retail spaces, the Ballet anticipates a steady increase in ticket sales and contributed income in FY15.

 

Programs
Description

Since its inception in 1974, the Orlando Ballet has been bringing the best in professional ballet to Central Florida and has become an integral part of its cultural heritage. Today, under the artistic direction of Robert Hill, the Ballet is recognized for its innovative programming, development of new work, and extensive education and outreach programs.

 

Each season, more than 100,000 captivated theatre-goers, residents and visitors, are spellbound by the originality, vitality and spirit that have earned the organization its critically acclaimed reputation. The Company produces year-round entertainment featuring main stage productions including meticulous staging of timeless masterpieces such asLe Corsaire, Swan LakeandGiselle,innovative contemporary world premieres, ballets for young audiences as part of itsFamily Series,The Nutcrackerfeaturing a live orchestra, performance lecture series, and extensive education and community outreach programs. 

 

The Orlando Ballet employs a full-time professional company of national and international dancers, as well as pre-professional dancer that comprise the Orlando Ballet II Ensemble. This, combined with the Ballet’s award-winning costumes, set, and lighting design teams, results in the highest level of professionalism and artistic excellence.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Moving forward the Company is focused on expanding ballet audiences by expanding programming to more diverse target audiences and attracting new audiences. This includes several run out performances that have been scheduled for Western Orange County and Palm Beach County during the 2011-12 season.

 SWANS: BLACK and WHITE: MARCH 30 – APRIL 1, 2012

WORLD PREMIER

An updated version of SWAN LAKE featuring Artistic Director Robert Hill’s choreography, based on the work of Marius Petipa.
 
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LA NOUBA: free dress rehearsal performance will be offered to underserved youth in the community. After a successful inaugural collaboration in 2010, Orlando Ballet and Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba will partner again to produce “A Choreographers’ Showcase” where the two organizations choreograph new original pieces for each other’s performers.  

 

 

 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Orlando Ballet is committed...
  • To continue the tradition begun in 1974; the creation of a classically trained company that has technical and theatrical ability to excite and inspire its audience.
  • To develop an eclectic repertoire, preserving the classical masterworks and embracing the future with innovative ideas that will enrich the art of ballet.
  • To strengthen the quality of dance and to present an international caliber company on stage.
  • Maintain the highest artistic standards of a professional ballet company.
  • Orlando Ballet consistently provides programs, services, and educational offerings that are of interest and are accessible to a diverse sector of the community. The significant education and outreach activities of Orlando Ballet School and its class schedules in locations spanning Orange and Seminole Counties demonstrate this accessibility. Orlando Ballet's programming and community outreach programs also effectively demonstrate the organization's desire to reach a broad sector of the Central Florida population.
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Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Tickets sales and attendance records are compiled and analyzed for each season. Orlando Ballet regularly conducts intercept and other surveys of its audience to ascertain its patron's current concerns, satisfactions, likes and dislikes. Funding from Orange County has also resulted in surveying of Orlando Ballet audiences by the Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau. These results identify audience demographics and economic impact of the funded activities. Press and media coverage is also continually evaluated, as are fund raising efforts.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The long-term success of Orlando Ballet is grounded in artistic merit and quality. 

The Orlando Ballet is a FIVE time winner of prestigious competitive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for Artistic Excellence in dance. Its 2009 NEA award was one of only five awarded in the state of Florida in dance. The other four awards went to Miami based dance companies.  

According to the Cultural Tourism Audience Research conducted by the Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau  when asked “Has this event increased your awareness of the Orlando area as an Arts and Cultural Destination?” more than 76% of the audience responded in the affirmative. 

Bobby Ball, Executive Director of the Colorado Ballet noted in his 2010 evaluation of Orlando Ballet’s FDCA grant “Terrific organization. Have witnessed its steady growth over the years. Amazed at its continuous development in a market that is very competitive for the entertainment dollar."

 
Description

Orlando Ballet School  

The Orlando Ballet School, the official school of the Orlando Ballet, was created to enrich the lives of children, train the next generation of artists, and build future audiences. The School is recognized internationally as one of the best professional training academies and attracts more than 1,000 students from around the world. 

 

The School and its two satellite programs, provide year-round professional classic ballet training for students, ages 3-adult, as well as provides performance and touring opportunities, summer intensive training, workshops and master classes, and teacher training programs.

 

The Orlando Ballet II and the School Trainee Program enable pre-professional students to perform new and classic works for more than 50,000 young and underserved audiences each year, as well as to perform with the Orlando Ballet Company. Graduates of the Orlando Ballet School have gone onto pursing a professional career in dance with many major dance institutions including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the Orlando Ballet to name a few.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

ADAPTIVE DANCE - a program for children with Down Syndrome. This project will be modeled after a program by the same name at Boston Ballet and we will be working closely with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. This project is still in the development phase with a 6-8 week pilot program to be launched in the Fall of 2012 with the hope of continuing it in the Spring.

STEPS EXPANSION: In the fall of 2011 Orlando Ballet will add a 4th at risk school to the program, Rock Lake Elementary, increasing the number of at risk students served to 85.  

EXPANSION OF OBS ACADMEY PROGRAM: OBS had a successful first year with this all-day program for our most advanced students. Next year OBS will add an additional level for younger students interested in a full day training option. OBS will continue to work with K12 International to provide an academic option to our students.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Orlando Ballet is committed...
  • To maintain a school committed to superior dance instruction and training for individuals of all ages.

 

 The Orlando Ballet School is the only dance school in the Southeast to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. The School was recognized as "Best School" by the International Youth America Grand Prix in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Orlando Ballet School has trained thousands of students in four locations, and has trained some of the brightest young talent in the world of dance today. Graduates have gone on to dance professionally with Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet as well other companies in major US cities.

 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success of Orlando Ballet School (OBS) programs is evaluated by student successes in national and international dance competitions and students ability to obtain professional dance employment after graduation.  OBS students receive bi-annual written evaluations by master teachers.  A six member Parent/Student Committee of the OBS meets annually to provide feedback to staff.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Orlando Ballet School is training more than 1,500 students annually. Orlando Ballet School is the only dance school in the Southeast to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. The School was recognized as "Best School" by the International Youth America Grand Prix in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. This year OBS students won the "Gold Medal" at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the Princess Grace Award. The recent graduating class received the following offers: full scholarships to The Royal Ballet School of England, Stuttgart Ballet School, Butler and Vassar Universities and more. They received employment with Columbia City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet among others.

Description
 Arts Education and Community Outreach 

In keeping with the Orlando Ballet’s philosophy that no child who wants to dance or experience dance is denied the opportunity, arts education and community outreach programming remains an annual priority. Programs include STEPS, which provides transportation, dance attire and instruction to more than 60 underserved, low-income second and third graders in Central Florida; Adaptive Dance offers children with Down syndrome a structured creative movement and music experience; complimentary ticket distribution program. Intro to Ballet Program which allows more than 14,000 public school second graders the opportunity to attend Family Series performances throughout the year, and the Ballet’s Scholarship Program offers more than $200,000 in assistance annually to deserving students.

 


Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Orlando Ballet's community outreach programs impact thousands of children each year. Orlando Ballet II presents more than 60 free outreach performances annually and the Student Matinee Program exposes more than 14,000 2nd grade Orange County School students to professional ballet productions annually at no cost to the students or the school. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Orlando Ballet provides curriculum based programming directly to Public School Students in classrooms throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties (literacy programs, lecture demonstrations and master dance classes), through field trips, family inclusive performance opportunities, and through its STEPS and Scholarship Programs. The Ballet's Community Outreach Programs have ensured students are exposed to the arts despite curriculum programming cuts necessitated by State of Florida budget cuts.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Students and teachers who participate in the annual Orange County Public School performances (more than 14,000 annually) are regularly surveyed and their comments collected and reviewed by staff. These evaluations are used to continually revamp and improve the program.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

ORLANDO BALLET II (paid professional ensemble of pre-professional dancers who train at OBS): Presented 8 Lecture/Demonstrations and performances to more than 16,000 Orange County Public School 2nd graders in 2010, as well as participating in the Orlando Philharmonic lecture/demonstration program reaching more than 48,000 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Orange County.

The Ballet provides performances and programming that make ballet an inclusive part of the region's arts and cultural offerings. According to a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts “American adults who attend art museums, art galleries, or live arts performances are far more likely than non-attendees to vote, volunteer, or take part in community events” enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the community.
 
Comments
CEO Comments

Orlando Ballet had an extremely successful 2012-13 season. Programming included the return of Vampire's Ball; the holiday classic The Nutcracker; Hollywood En Pointe,  a contemporary program featuring music from the movie screen and the choreography of world-renowned guest choreographers; and Carmina Burana, an exciting collaborative performance with the Bach Festival Society. Orlando Ballet also reached beyond the Orlando area with performances in Winter Garden and Kissimmee.

The Orlando Ballet School doubled in size, with more than 24 students studying at the ballet school full-time pursuing both their dance and their academic pursuits.  Through a partnership with K12 International, students are able to spend several hours a day on their academic coursework in the wireless classroom while devoting the majority of their day to their ballet training and rehearsals.  In addition, the School launched a pilot Adaptive Dance Program for students with Down Syndrome which will continue throughout the 2013/14 school year.

In May 2013, the School hosted its second certification training course for American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum outside of New York.This program aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ava K. Doppelt
Company Affiliation Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath, & Gilchrist, P.A.
Term July 2012 to June 2014
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Ms. Judith Sandefur Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Tricia Earl Community volunteerVoting
Ms. Rosemary O'Shea Baler HostetlerVoting
Mr. Scot A. Silzer SilzerLaw CharteredVoting
Mr. Matthew J. Ahearn Dean,Mead,Egerton,Bolldworth,Capouano & Bozath P.A.Voting
Ms. Terry Dola Disney DestinationsVoting
Ms. Ava K. Doppelt Allen,Dyer,Doppelt,Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.Voting
Ms. Geanne Share Community volunteerVoting
Ms. Andrea Batchelor Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Joseph F. Kolb Vanasse Hagen Brustlin, Inc.Voting
Ms. Sibile Hart Pritchard Brooksville Development Corp.Voting
Mr. John J. Carney Orlando HealthVoting
Ms. Jill S. Schwartz Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.Voting
Ms. Carolyn Fennell Greater Orlando Aviation AuthorityVoting
Mr. Earl M. Crittenden, Jr. GrayRobinson, P.A.Voting
Ms. Trish Wingerson Orlando MagicVoting
Ms. Lynne Frederick Massey ServicesVoting
Ms. Madeline Eckett Oden Madeline Eckett Oden InteriorsVoting
Ms. Christi Ashby Editor & Publisher, Orange AppealVoting
Mr. Jose Fajardo Orlando Inc.Voting
Ms. Susan Bounds CFO, Strategic PartnersVoting
Mr. Ted Maines Ted Maines InteriorVoting
Ms. Nancy Austin President, AJS Marketing InternationalVoting
Ms. Hillary S. Cohen Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Marty McAndrew Regional VP Commericial Banking, Wells Fargo & Co.Voting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center http://pnlc.rollins.edu, the Central Florida Partnership www.centralfloridapartnership.org, and the Central Florida Foundation www.cffound.org.
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Marketing
Finance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Education
Executive
Comments
CEO Comments

In addition to providing professional ballet performances throughout the region, The Ballet provides performances and programming that make ballet an inclusive part of the region's arts and cultural offerings. According to a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts “American adults who attend art museums,

art galleries, or live arts performances are far more likely than non-attendees to vote, volunteer, or take part in community events” enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the community.

 

Orlando Ballet provides curriculum based programming directly to Public School Students in classrooms throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties (literacy programs, lecture demonstrations and master dance classes), through field trips, family inclusive performance opportunities, and through its STEPS and Scholarship Programs. The Ballet's Community Outreach Programs have ensured students are exposed to the arts despite curriculum programming cuts necessitated by State of Florida budget cuts. 

 

The ever-stretched public school system in Florida continues to struggle and funding for arts programs continues to decline. Students who benefit from the free classes that Orlando Ballet provides through scholarships, and the STEPS program are given a unique opportunity that they would not otherwise have. Many of the most committed young dancers come from adverse backgrounds.  These exceptional students need and deserve scholarships. 

 

After school programs like the Ballet’s dance classes lead to reduced community crime and dance education has positive effects on the physical well being of young people. As this country faces an enormous increase in childhood obesity, dance education has added benefits to children’s physical well being by providing healthy and fun exercise!

 

In addition according to educational researchers: “young people in arts programs are 25% more likely to feel satisfied with themselves, twice as likely to win an award for academic achievement and 31% more likely to say they plan to continue education after high school." The Getty Education Institute for the Arts reports that "students who have four years of art and music education score 59 points higher on the verbal SAT and 44 points higher in math.”

 

Consistent, exceptional artistic leadership has enabled the Company to achieve significant artistic growth and increasing audience satisfaction levels. Orlando Ballet School has grown from a single location with 230 students to four locations with a combined enrollment of more than 1,500 students. As the level and intensity of the program increases, the school is attracting better and better student candidates.  Each star pupil attracts other students, which grows the organizational overall capacity.

 

 
 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Managing Director Katherine Fabian
Term Start Aug 2012
Email kfabian@orlandoballet.org
Experience A native of Southern Florida, Katherine Fabian began her dance training at the age of three. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a BA in dance studies and a minor in mass communications. While at USF, Katherine was the recipient of the USF College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Senior award and scholarship. She went on to attend American University in Washington, DC, earning an MA in Performing Arts Management with a concentration in arts marketing. She served as the Recruitment Coordinator for the university’s Theatre Program, increasing enrollment by more than twenty percent during her two-year tenure. During her time in DC, Katherine also worked with a variety of arts organizations including the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the DC Dance Improvisation Festival, and Americans for the Arts. She worked as the Membership Manager at Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance providing professional development, research, and advocacy for dance artists and administrators. In 2009, Katherine relocated to Orlando to become the school manager for Orlando Ballet, where she oversees all administrative functions of the school. She is currently serving as the Interim Director of Operations, providing management and oversight while the organization is conducting a national search for an Executive Director. Katherine continues to perform with the Orlando-based modern dance company Voci Dance.
CEO Salary Range $50,001 - $75,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Mr. Juan Escalante Sept 2009May 2011
Mr. Mark Hough Apr 2012Aug 0
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 21
Number of Part Time Staff 19
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 24
Staff Retention Rate 89%
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director
Experience/Biography

A former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Robert Hill became Artistic Director of Orlando Ballet in 2009, establishing a vision for the company to make ballet relevant to today’s audiences. His guidance prompted theFlorida Sunto state: “Hill has surprised and delighted audiences with his ability to showcase the company’s edgier side.” Shortly after accepting the post, he was voted one of the “100 Most Influential People in Florida” byFlorida International Magazine.

Mr. Hill founded Robert Hill Dance in 2000 with the mission to create and perform new works of dance theatre with a particular focus on the classical ballet tradition and vocabulary. His works have been created at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the ABT Studio Company, Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino, Ballet de Monterrey, as well as other companies. Numerous companies have performed his works including Royal Ballet of Flanders, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Royal Ballet School, and, of course, Orlando Ballet.

Mr. Hill was the Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey for four years. During that time, he elevated the company from a local school-based entity to an internationally acclaimed company. His choreography for Ballet de Monterrey gave the company a unique artistic identity while serving to raise the artistic and technical level of the performers. The newspaper,El Norte, recognized the company “under the artistic direction of Robert Hill” as “one of the great accomplishments in Monterrey in 2006,” noting a record-breaking, sold out production ofSwanLakeas well as the international touring the company undertook for the first time in its 16 year history.

In addition to dancing with ABT, Mr. Hill was a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and the New York City Ballet. As a guest artist, he appeared with numerous companies including the Scottish Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Australian Ballet. Mr. Hill’s interpretation of the title role in John Cranko’sOnegin, opposite Julie Kent as Tatiana, presented at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center by ABT, was selected by theNew York Timesas one of the “Ten Best Moments in Dance” in 2002.

A renowned teacher and coach, Mr. Hill has taught for ABT, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, the ABT Studio Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Orlando Ballet School, among others. He has served as a panelist for the Dance Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Mr. Hill is especially grateful to the loving dedication he received in his initial training with Liz Bevilacqua and Al Packard of The Dussich Dance Studio and with Phyllis Papa of the Atlantic Company Ballet Theater.

Title Director of Finance & HR
Experience/Biography
Title Director, Orlando Ballet School
Experience/Biography

Dierdre Miles began her formative dance training with Margaret Prishwalko Fallon and subsequently the Boston Ballet School where she was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Ms. Miles became an apprentice with Boston Ballet at age fourteen. Following her graduation from high school, she joined Boston Ballet as a full time member, performing principal roles such as Ophelia in Hamlet, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Two years later upon invitation by Dennis Wayne she became a member of his original company "Dancers" which debuted in New York City and performed internationally. In 1978, Ms. Miles joined Houston Ballet as a soloist. While there, her roles included Ben Stevenson's Britten Pas de Deux, Anitra and the Mad Lady in Peer Gynt, and Swanhilda in Coppelia. Ms. Miles was appointed soloist upon her return to Boston Ballet in 1983. In 1990, Ms. Miles began training at the Dance Notation Bureau in Labanotation. Having completed this training, in September 1991 she expanded her duties at Boston Ballet to include work as a Rehearsal Assistant. In June of 1993 Ms. Miles retired from performing and joined Boston Ballet's Artistic Staff as Ballet Mistress and Artistic Coordinator. In September 2002 Ms. Miles returned to Boston Ballet as Principal of Boston Ballet School. During this time she established Boston Ballet School Ensemble and Boston Ballet Trainee Program. She also instituted a new school structure to reflect the mission of Boston Ballet's Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. In the summer of 2006 she left Boston Ballet to relocate with her husband David Burger to Florida. In February 2009, Ms. Miles Burger became an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She joined the Orlando Ballet as Director of the Orlando Ballet School in 2010.

Title Director of Marketing
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography
Kathleen has more than 15-years of not-for-profit fundraising experience.  She has worked in New York City for Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation, The Joffrey Ballet, the Dance Notation Bureau, New York Theatre Ballet.  In Florida she served as Development Director at Seaside Music Theatre, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and consultant for the Athens Theatre and IceHouse Theatre.
Other
Collaborations

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC: OB annually collaborates with Philharmonic in its major school presentations for the Orange County Public School System at Bob Carr PAC. This successful partnership brings OB before more than 45,000 Orange, Seminole and Osceola County 3rd, 4th and 5th graders each school year. OB engages the OPO to bring back live music to its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LA NOUBA: After successful collaborations during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season,OB and Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba will partner again in 2013-14 to produce “A Choreographers’ Showcase” where artists and performers from the two organizations choreograph new pieces for each other’s performers. This is an exciting opportunity for two highly successful performing arts groups to inspire and learn from each other.

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: OB School collaborates with Orange County Public Schools in directly producing a 1 hour production of a well known ballet preceded by a lecture demonstration for all 14,000 OrangeCounty 2nd graders.
GARDEN THEATRE: OB continues its partnership with the Garden Theatre to present three ballet productions in western Orange County.

OSECOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: OB will launch a new partnership with this venue in Kissimmee to present a family-focused ballet production.

BACH FESTIVAL SOCIETY OF WINTER PARK:OB collaborated with the orchestra and choir of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park to produce Carmina Burana at the Bob Carr in April 2013.



 

Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Outstanding SchoolNew York Youth American Grand Prix2009
Junior Grand Prix, Blake KesslerWinner2012
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Automobile Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
CEO Comments
Orlando Ballet concluded its 2011-12 fiscal year well into the black, eliminating its operating deficit. It is anticipated that the organization will closed the 2013-14 with a modest surplus.
 
Orlando Ballet has also hired new administrative staff (Director of Development, Director of Marketing) and created new positions (Director of Operations, Outreach Coordinator, Summer Intensive Coordinator) to help the organization operate more efficiently.
 
While collaborations have always been important to the organization, they were paramount for Orlando Ballet during the 2012-13 season. Programmatic partnerships will include bringing live music back to its annual production of The Nutcrackerthrough a collaboration with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and a new production of Carmina Burana in partnership with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s orchestra, choir, and children’s choir. Orlando Ballet will continue its collaborative performance of A Choreographers’ Showcasewith Cirque du Soleil La Nouba and will present productions in alternative venues such as the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden and the Osceola Center for the Arts in Kissimmee.
 
Orlando Ballet will also partner with organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, the Central Florida YMCA, Professional Opportunities Program for Students, and the Zebra Coalition to provide new programs and opportunities for segments of the Central Florida population who may have never had the opportunity to experience professional ballet.

 
 
 
Foundation Comments
During the 2009 fiscal year there was not a paid CEO reported on the IRS form 990.
State Registration Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2012990
2011990 Signature Page
2011990
2010990
2009990
2008990
2007990
2006990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2013Audit 12/13
2012Audit 11/12
2011Audit 10/11
2010Audit 09/10
2009Audit 08/09
2008Audit 07/08
2007Audit 06/07
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$360,985$501,583
Government Contributions$39,945$14,125$22,500
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$22,500
Unspecified$39,945$14,125$0
Individual Contributions$956,677$653,860$331,012
$0$0$0
$2,401,297$2,141,833$2,647,241
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$2,930$16,090
Membership Dues$0$0$12,000
Special Events$123,270$71,214$88,775
Revenue In-Kind$118,627$746,160$326,483
Other$6,597$307,392$60,816
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$2,960,951$3,428,033$3,350,789
Administration Expense$285,963$336,060$524,580
Fundraising Expense$585$487$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.100.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$943,284$825,806$997,904
Current Assets$377,730$232,015$386,217
Long-Term Liabilities$0$7,983$49,400
Current Liabilities$837,699$990,255$1,519,211
Total Net Assets$105,585($172,432)($570,707)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,401,297Earned Revenue $2,141,833Earned Revenue $2,647,241
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals, Foundations, Corporations $956,677Inkind Revenue $746,160Foundations and Corporations $501,583
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $123,270Individuals $653,860In-kind Revenue $326,483
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.450.230.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%5%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Goal 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

The last several years have been a very challenging funding climate. As an organization,the staff and board of directors were extremely proactive to assure Orlando Ballet became fiscally stable as quickly as possible. As a result, Orlando Ballet finished its 2012-13 fiscal year well into the black and has eliminated its deficit. During the 2012-13 season, the Orlando Ballet is focused its efforts on new revenue sources, both earned and contributed. The organization is actively pursuing touring opportunities for the future, growing its subscriber base, and increasing its educational offerings, bringing in added earned income. Other initiatives implemented to strengthen Orlando Ballet’s fiscal stability include:

  • A new strategic planning process is underway directed by a Board Task Force, with the new plan to be in place by fall 2013.
  • Under the guidance of Consultant Diane Mataraza, the board is more fully engaged in active fund raising.
  • The creation of more realistic and accomplishable goals, setting specific targets and timetables for fund raising activity by the board.
  • A number of special events are being implemented as part of the 2013-2014 Anniversary Season. These events will be use as outreach in order to attract new supporters and to expose the organization to new audiences.



 

Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS form 990s.  990s and audits are reconciled.
Inkind Revenue includes noncash and donated services and facilities as reported on the 990.
Endowment is held at the Community Foundation.
2010: Change in audit firm.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.