Issue No.  25July  2014
To the POINTE...
SBC announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors


Congratulations to the members of the Springfield Ballet Company's 2014-2015 Board of Directors. We look forward to a great 40th Anniversary season! 


Sarah L. Beuning, President

Angie Bruce, Secretary

Judy Bukowski

Pattie Curry

Julie Davis

John B. Foley

Paula J. Groves

Rachel K. Hall

Joey Lee Henry

Whitney Hubbard

Sarah Jennings

Grant Johnson

Lizzie Knoedler

Kim Leistner

Grace Luttrell Nanavati, Director Emeritus

Nicole Nunn, Finance Chair

Greg Riddle

Annette Schippel

Linda Shaefer, Treasurer

Jamie Stout, Vice President

Annette Walbert

Sarah Dietrich Yockey, Promotions Chair

Christmas in July



Costumes wear out...sets start to crumble...
cannons fail to boom...and the clock stops ticking. 


Maintaining the high quality of the Springfield Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker is a continuing challenge. Unfortunately, the costs of staging this magical production are only partially covered by the generosity of our corporate sponsors and ticket revenue. Your generous donation helps the Springfield Ballet Company thrive in a world where funding for the arts continues to fall short. 


As you enjoy the warmth of summer, you may find it's not too early to have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. Our skilled dancers and audiences of children and families count on your support to help bring those unforgettable visions to life! 


While any amount of support is welcomed and appreciated, we have provided you the option to choose your giving level based on a favorite variation from The Nutcracker. Your donation will be recognized in our souvenir program book, given to thousands of patrons during our 2014-2015 season. 


We sincerely thank you for your continued support and for making our Christmas in July campaign a great success!


To donate securely via PayPal, please visit our website HERE

SBC's 2014 Summer Intensive Workshop


Week 1: August 4 to August 8, 2014

Week 2: August 11 to August 15, 2014


9:00 a.m. to noon daily 
$150 per week, or $15 per class

Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre II
Deadline for application - July 25, 2014
(Recommended age for dancers is 10 and up) 


Click here for additional information and registration form


The Springfield Ballet Company's 2014 Summer Intensive Workshop is a great way for dancers to supplement their training and improve their skills, while working with outstanding master teachers in a positive, nurturing environment. 


Classes are held daily from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Theatre II at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. 


Only 20 dancers will be accepted to each week-long session; and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Dancers must be at least 10 years of age and dancing at an intermediate level. Please dress professionally for each class and bring proper dance shoes. 


Contact SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz at 217.544.1967 with any questions. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 25, 2014, or when all spots have been filled. 

eScrip cards and SBC!



eScrip and merchant partner, Schnucks, have created a system that rewards loyalty to customer purchases to Springfield Ballet Company. This is a great way to support SBC and it doesn't cost anything if you shop at Schnucks already!


Cards are available at Schnucks or at SBC. If you are already a member of the eScrip program, you can add SBC to your donor list. It is a very simple process to register your card to direct the eScrip funds to SBC. 


For more information and to register, go to Schnucks' website HERE or contact Sally Hamilton at 544.1967 or hamilton@springfieldballetco.org.


We appreciate your help in supporting this program! 

Rockballet with live music by Downstate

Saturday, September 13, 2014

8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:00 p.m.


Tickets: $18 to $30


University of Illinois at Springfield
Sangamon Auditorium
One University Plaza, MS PAC 292
Springfield, IL 62703-5407


Sponsor: BUNN


Tickets go on sale August 1st!


BUNN proudly presents the Springfield Ballet Company's 21st annual production of Rockballet featuring live music by Downstate.


In celebration of SBC's 40th Anniversary Season, our 2014 production will feature music selections from 1975 and 1976, the years encompassing the Springfield Ballet Company's first season performing and educating the Springfield area and surrounding communities!


Rockballet is going to be an unforgettable performance!


Since its 1994 debut, SBC's annual production of Rockballet continues to be daringly different. The brainchild of SBC Artistic Director, Julie Ratz, Rockballet is a vivid and exciting mix of adventurous choreography, memorable music and high-intensity dancing. 


A multimedia celebration of dance and rock music, Rockballet has had a stunning impact on the way central Illinois views classical dance.


It is music visualized. 

To the POINTE... 

To the POINTE, the Springfield Ballet Company's e-newsletter, highlights what's happening throughout our season -- whether it be performances, dancer spotlights, community events, workshops, giving opportunities, special discounts or general announcements! We hope you enjoy receiving these updates.

And, if you love the information you are receiving, please forward our e-newsletter to a friend! 


All the best,


Julie Ratz, SBC Artistic Director
Sally Hamilton, SBC Administrative Director
Gina DeCroix Russell, SBC Ballet Mistress
Our Mission

The Springfield Ballet Company provides dance education and performances to enrich our community through the beauty, energy and diversity of dance.


Springfield Ballet Company
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL  62701
217-544-1968 (fax)


In This Issue
2014-2015 Board of Directors
Christmas in July
SBC's 2014 Summer Intensive Workshop
eScrip cards and SBC!
Rockballet with live music by Downstate
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Upcoming Events:


SBC Summer Intensive Workshops:
August 4 - 15, 2014


Illinois State Fair Performance:
August 9, 2014


Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach:

Fridays, ongoing through Fall and Spring


Rockballet with live music by DOWNSTATE:

September 13 & 14, 2014


Auditions for SBC's 40th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker:

September 21, 2014


Festival of Trees Performance:

November 2014


SBC's 40th Anniversary production of
The Nutcracker with live accompaniment
by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra:

December 13 & 14, 2014


First Night Springfield Performance:

December 31, 2014


Leap into Lincoln at ALPLM:

February 17, 2015


SBC's Girl Scouts Workshop:

March 21, 2015


Trainee Recital:

March 22, 2015


Boys & Girls Clubs Recital:

March 27, 2015


Swan Lake:

April 18 & 19, 2015 

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