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
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THE NUTCRACKER
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 Executive Director James Mitchell
Board Chair Ms. Andrea Batchelor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History
IRS Ruling Year 1974
Former Names
NameYear
Southern Ballet Theatre1974
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $5,061,127.00
Projected Expenses $5,061,127.00
Statements
Mission

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

Impact

On August 22, 2013, the start of the 40th anniversary season, Orlando Ballet was directed to vacate its headquarters since 1992, due to high levels of mold. School classes relocated to its satellite studios and  Company to Disney complex August 29-September 28. On September 30 the Company rented studio in downtown Orlando. Despite the challenges, the season opened at Bob Carr on October 18-20 with Tribute featuring selections from Swan Lake, La Corsaire, Carmen, and others. A one-hour production of Snow White was performed at the Bob Carr for 16,000 Orange County Public School students October 15-18, as well as the public October 19 and November 9-10 at the Garden Theater. The season continued December 19-22 with The Nutcracker, accompanied by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

The New Year opened with Romeo & Juliet February 14-16, followed by Some Assembly Required March 14-16, and closed with Carmen April 11-13. Two performances of Beauty and the Beast on April 12 and Uncorked! at The Abbey September 24, January 21 and March 4. 

 

In December administrative and box office moved into space donated by Florida Hospital. After an extensive search a 3-year lease was signed on a privately owned warehouse adjacent to the new administration building. The Central School moved on December 19 and final construction was completed in May 2014.

 

The 2014/15 season opens at Bob Carr with Vampire’s Ball October 17-19, Peter & the Wolf  October 14-18 at Bob Carr and October 25-26 at the Garden Theater. Following, the season moves to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with The Nutcracker December 19-21, Swan Lake January 23-25; The Swan Princess January 24, Battle of the Sexes March 6-8; and concludes with Coppelia May 1-3 and The Magical Princess Doll May 2 and April 11-12 at the Garden Theatre. Special performances include Uncorked! at the Abbey September 30, January 13 and March 24 and A Choreographers’ Showcase in partnership with Cirque du Soleil February 23. 

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
1.  Funding for live music accompaniment by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for NUTCRACKER: $65,000 annually
2. Funding for a guest choreographer: $30,000 annually
3.  Production Sponsors for main stage season, family series, and Uncrooked lecture/performance series:  $25,000+ per production
4.  Corporate and community involvement on the organization's Board of Directors, sub-committees, and annual financial giving.
5.  $20,000 for technology development  
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.
  • 2014 James Mitchell appointed Executive Director
  • 2014/15 - Orlando Ballet transitions into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
CEO Statement With a dedicated staff, exceptional company of dancers, committed instructors, and a proactive Board of Directors the Orlando Ballet and its School anticipates continued success in the 2014-15 year.   

Our attention will turn to planning for our 2014-15 season debut in the new Dr. Phillips Performing Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Orlando. As the resident dance company for the Center, we are excited about this opportunity and anticipate a positive impact on ticket sales and philanthropic giving. 

Orlando Ballet will 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
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.

·        Strategically work to broaden the organization's audience base.

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. 

Under new leadership Orlando Ballet is implementing sound business plan and developing a new long term plan.  The new plan will address projected artistic and school programming, financial challenges, expanded fundraising and marketing efforts through 2017. In addition, the organization will focus on plans for a permanent home and future capital campaign.


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

The building transition in FY14 had an impact on the organization financially with one-time cash expenses associated with relocating and capital improvements totaling $246,922. Thanks to Baker Barrios Architect, Jack Jennings & Sons and dozens of local contractors, more than $250,000 in pro bono labor was received, combined with more than $80,000 in cash contributions, the hardship was lessened. The 2014/15 budget reflects predictable revenues, cost cutting measures, transition into a new performing venue, and aggressive fundraising. 

 

Since 2011 Orlando Ballet has functioned without the leadership of a consistent Executive Director. Following an extensive search, the Ballet is pleased to announce James E. Mitchell has accepted the position as Executive Director effective June 2. Mitchell has over 30 years of arts management experience and combined with the Ballet’s senior leadership, the board feels confident he will move organizations forward and ensure stability.

 

In FY14 board governance and fundraising efforts strengthened which has resulted in 100% board giving and improved attendance. In FY15 the board plans to recruit 4-6 new members from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas. The Ballet is proud of the efforts it has made during a challenging year. Efforts have resulted in decreased spending while maintaining a professional Company and School. Creative budgeting has allowed the organization to relocate, maintain live music, and transition to DPC, paving the way for a strong future with increased ticket revenue, School enrollment and tuition income, and contributed income.

 

 
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?

In FY14 board governance and fundraising efforts strengthened which has resulted in 100% board giving and improved attendance. In FY15 the board plans to recruit 4-6 new members from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas. The Ballet is proud of the efforts it has made during a challenging year. Efforts have resulted in decreased spending while maintaining a professional Company and School. Creative budgeting has allowed the organization to relocate, maintain live music, and transition to DPC, paving the way for a strong future with increased ticket revenue, School enrollment and tuition income, and contributed income.

 

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, organizational transition, and maintain the artistic integrity of the Company is an indication of its ability to plan and react appropriately. FY13 allowed the organization to add live orchestration to its annual production of The Nutcracker and the Bach Festival Society’s orchestra and choir in the presentation of Carmina Burana. In addition, the organization launched its 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 in FY14.   With the excitement surrounding the completion of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Center, the Ballet anticipates a steady increase in ticket sales and contributed income in FY15

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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 2-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.

In May 2014 the Orlando Ballet School was named "Outstanding School" at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. 
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


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Andrea Batchelor
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Matthew J. Ahearn Dean,Mead,Egerton,Bolldworth,Capouano & Bozath P.A.Voting
Ms. Christi Ashby Editor & Publisher, Orange AppealVoting
Ms. Nancy Austin President, AJS Marketing InternationalVoting
Ms. Andrea Batchelor Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Susan Bounds CFO, Strategic PartnersVoting
Mr. John J. Carney Orlando HealthVoting
Ms. Hillary S. Cohen Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Earl M. Crittenden, Jr. GrayRobinson, P.A.Voting
Ms. Terry Dola Disney DestinationsVoting
Ms. Ava K. Doppelt Allen,Dyer,Doppelt,Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.Voting
Ms. Madeline Eckett Oden Madeline Eckett Oden InteriorsVoting
Mr. Jose Fajardo Orlando Inc.Voting
Ms. Carolyn Fennell Greater Orlando Aviation AuthorityVoting
Ms. Lynne Frederick Massey ServicesVoting
Ms. Marcia Hope Goodwin Orlando City HallVoting
Mr. Danny Humphress Surpass SoftwareVoting
Mr. Joseph F. Kolb Vanasse Hagen Brustlin, Inc.Voting
Mr. Ted Maines Ted Maines InteriorVoting
Mr. Marty McAndrew Regional VP Commericial Banking, Wells Fargo & Co.Voting
Ms. Judith Sandefur Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Jill S. Schwartz Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.Voting
Ms. Geanne Share Community volunteerVoting
Ms. Trish Wingerson Orlando MagicVoting
Ms. Heidi Zerivitz President, City CommericalVoting
*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 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
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
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Education
Executive
Personnel
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Building
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.  

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. 

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. In 2014 the Orlando Ballet School was awarded "Best School" at the Youth American Grand Prix in NYC.

 

 
 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Executive Director James Mitchell
Term Start June 2014
Email jmitchell@orlandoballet.org
Experience

Jim Mitchell, who has more than 30 years of arts-management experience, will become the new executive director of the Orlando Ballet on June 2. The resident of Fayetteville, Ark., will be the ballet's fourth executive director in four years.

"This is another important and positive step fortifying the trajectory of the Orlando Ballet organization," said Ava Doppelt, chairwoman of the ballet's board, who announced the appointment Wednesday. "In spite of some tremendous difficulties last year, we had one of our most powerful performance seasons ever, the ballet school earned the highest possible international acclaim and we acquired a magnificent new location for our new home. Having an experienced executive director at the helm will enable the organization to excel even further."

The ballet recently struck a deal with the city to take over the old Loch Haven Community Center and transform it into the headquarters for the ballet and its school. As part of the deal, the ballet will have to raise $1.5 million. The ballet was left homeless last fall after mold forced the group out of the old Orlando Utilities Commission building where it had been based for years.

"I am excited and honored to be selected as the next executive director of Orlando Ballet," Mitchell said in a statement. "The creation of a new home for the organization, productions in the new performing arts center, creative education and outreach priorities and the opportunity to work with Robert Hill's artistry and energy are a formula for success."

Former executive director Juan Escalante left the organization in 2011. He was briefly replaced by Mark Hough, who resigned after four months. Ron Legler, who recently moved to Baltimore, had been serving as interim executive director.

Mitchell has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business administration from Rhodes College, as well as dual master's degrees in business administration and arts administration from Southern Methodist University.

Mitchell's experience includes management, marketing, development and consulting. He served five years as executive director of the Arkansas Arts Council, during which he spent three years on the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, coordinated four statewide arts conferences and created three statewide arts initiatives in arts education, public art programming and emerging arts development.

Additionally, Mitchell has direct management experience in every major arts discipline including dance, opera, symphony and theater, as well as capital campaign and strategic planning experience. He has managed major events including a "Baryshnikov and Friends" ballet gala, "Zubin Metha and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra" gala benefit, regular annual "Nutcracker" performances and a variety of Broadway and orchestral programming.

"In spite of the challenge of the past year, the organization not only survived but exceeded all expectations," said Dierdre Miles Burger, director of Orlando Ballet School. "I look forward to working with Jim Mitchell to fortify the infrastructure of Orlando Ballet School, and to ensure the continued strengthening and growth of our programs."

The Orlando Ballet School is one of only four U.S. schools certified in the American Ballet Theater's nationally accredited schools program. The school recently placed first in the international Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York.

 

CEO Salary Range $75,001 - $100,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Mr. Juan Escalante Sept 2009May 2011
Mr. Mark Hough Apr 2012Aug
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 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.
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography
Title Managing Director
Experience/Biography
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.

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 and will perform again in November 2014.



 

Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Outstanding SchoolNew York Youth American Grand Prix2009
Junior Grand Prix, Blake KesslerWinner2012
Outstanding SchoolYouth American Grand Prix2014
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Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
CEO Comments
 
Collaborations have always been important to the organization. Programmatic partnerships have included bringing live music back to its annual production of The Nutcrackerthrough a collaboration with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a production of Carmina Burana in partnership with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s orchestra and choir, 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.
 
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, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2013990 signature
2013990
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
Other Financial Documents
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$471,896$164,276$360,985
Government Contributions$161,616$39,945$14,125
Federal$0$0$0
State$40,411$0$0
Local$121,205$0$0
Unspecified$0$39,945$14,125
Individual Contributions$346,965$792,401$653,860
$0$0$0
$2,886,225$2,401,297$2,141,833
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,876$0$2,930
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$64,784$123,270$71,214
Revenue In-Kind$137,643$118,627$746,160
Other$5,769$6,597$307,392
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$3,569,119$2,960,951$3,428,033
Administration Expense$272,652$285,963$336,060
Fundraising Expense$66,423$585$487
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.091.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,290,428$943,284$825,806
Current Assets$731,530$377,730$232,015
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$7,983
Current Liabilities$1,141,663$837,699$990,255
Total Net Assets$148,765$105,585($172,432)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,886,225Earned Revenue $2,401,297Earned Revenue $2,141,833
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $471,896Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $956,677Inkind Revenue $746,160
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $346,965Special Events $123,270Individuals $653,860
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.640.450.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. Orlando Ballet anticipates launching a Capital Campaign in 2015 to support renovation and expansion of the Loch Haven Community Center. The building has been donated to Orlando Ballet by the City of Orlando.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

The last fiscal year was a challenge for Orlando Ballet and its School with the lose of its home of 22 years.  Thanks to hundreds of donors and community volunteers, the organization has relocated into short-term administrative and studio buildings, produced a 40th anniversary season and has a bright future ahead.

A new Executive Director was hired on June 2, 2014 with over 30 years of arts management experience and will revise the organizations strategic plan to include artistic programming, marketing and fundraising efforts, realistic goals and objective, and targeted timetables to ensure stability.  The planning will also include developing a plan for renovation and expansion of the Loch Haven Community Center - Orlando Ballet and School's future home.  Once the plan is in place it will lay the ground work for developing a capital campaign plan.
 
In December 2014 Orlando Ballet will move into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after a long-history at the Bob Carr for the remainder of its 2014-15 season.  Box office sales are anticipated to increase with the excitement of the Center opening. 
 

 
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 Central Florida 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.