The Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate and enrich the cultural growth of our community through the highest quality of dance.
2. Funding for live music accompaniment by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for NUTCRACKER: $65,000 annually
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.
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.
· 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.
· 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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