Issue No. 56
February 2017
The Tutu Ball, with a Mardi Gras flair a great success!

The Springfield Ballet Company recently held its annual gala and fundraiser, The Tutu Ball with a Mardi Gras flair, at Illini Country Club.

Springfield Ballet Company dancers performed an excerpt from Faerie Tale, and guests enjoyed after dinner dancing to the music of Frank Parker - A Taste of New Orleans.

This year's "Fund-a-Project" was Fund The Floor, which helped raise the funds needed to replace the Springfield Ballet Company's traveling dance floor and the flooring at the Hoagland Center for the Arts. 

Thank you for supporting the Springfield Ballet Company!
L to R: Sally Hamilton, Administrative Director; Grace Luttrell Nanavati, Director Emeritus; Julie Ratz, Artistic Director; and Gina DeCroix Russell, Ballet Mistress

Thank you to our raffle donors: Sarah Beuning and John Martin; Sean and Taryn Grant; Deb Sarsany, The Real Estate Group; and Denney Jewelers. 

Thank you also to all the businesses and individuals who donated to our silent auction. We appreciate your support of the performing arts in our community!
Faerie Tale : A Royal Wedding

Saturday, April 1, 2017
2 pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017
2 pm
University of Illinois at Springfield
Sangamon Auditorium
Springfield, IL 62703

Tickets: $18 to $30
(Group discount available for 10 or more tickets.)
217.206.6160 or online HERE!
Sponsor: Body Perfect
Supporting Sponsors: Dance Arts Studio, Luers & Solomon Colors

Magic Awaits...
Faerie Tale : A Royal Wedding
Snow White, Cinderella and their Princes are traveling through the woods on a magical night. They find themselves amid a fairy preparation for the wedding of Titania and Oberon, King and Queen of the fairies. An errant donkey carrying gifts for the couple wanders into the woods to rest.
Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humor and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon.
What could possibly go wrong?
Faerie Tale is Springfield Ballet Company's new ballet set to the music of Felix Mendhelssohn and Pytor Tchaikovsky.

Thank you to local artist Dominic Cellini for the design of our artwork. 
Fund The Floor
The foundation of a healthy dancer, and a beautiful ballet, starts from the ground up.
The impact of the SBC dancers' feet turning, jumping and leaping across the dance floor causes wear and tear not just on the dancer's bodies, but can increase their risk of serious injury and wears down the flooring every week.  
Dance floors are made of a special material that helps absorb the shock of their movement and facilitates the turns and leaps of all types of dance. Other flooring, such as hardwood, linoleum, tile, concrete, etc., would be very damaging to a dancer's body!
SBC Floor Facts:
* 750-1,000 Hours PER dancer per year spent on a dance floor
*18,750+ Hours TOTAL for the 25 Company Dancers alone
* 618,000+ Hours over 33 Years (the combined age of the traveling floor and the floor in Theatre II at HCFTA)
* $18,000: The budget needed to replace and upgrade the traveling floor and the studio floor
Investing in new dance flooring will provide a safer environment for the dancers who work so hard every week to improve their technique and master choreography. We want to provide the best environment to keep the dancers healthy and injury-free. It may not be glamorous, but flooring is truly the foundation for the success and the beauty of the SBC.

If you would like to donate to our "Fund The Floor" campaign, please visit our website HERE to make a donation via PayPal, or contact Sally Hamilton at 217-544-1967.

We thank you for your support and dedication to the art of dance in our community. 
Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program and SBC Training Academy Recital
  Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30 pm

General admission. Free of charge. Open to the public.

Hoogland Center for the Arts
LRS Theatre
420 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701

Thank you to our Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program Sponsors: SCHEELS and Sunrise Rotary.

Join the dancers of the Springfield Ballet Company, our Academy Trainees and the participants of the SBC's Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program for an end-of-the-season recital at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Boys & Girls Clubs dancers will perform a classical ballet piece, as well as a jazz dance; and Training Academy dancers will perform a ballet selection. The evening will also include repertoire from recent and upcoming SBC productions.

Honors, recognitions and reception will be held immediately following the recital.

For details or more information, please contact SBC at 217-544-1967. 
SBC's Summer Intensive Workshops 2017

SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop - Session One -
with Oscar Carrillo and Josiah Savage

June 24-28, 2017 (Sat to Wed)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop - Session Two - with Matthew Harvey and Madeline Jazz Harvey
August 5-9, 2017 (Sat to Wed)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
$150.00 per session
Hoogland Center for the Arts
Theatre II
420 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
For more information, contact SBC at 217-544-1967.

For a PDF of the registration form, click HERE.

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.

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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)


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Upcoming Events:
Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program:
Fridays, ongoing through fall and spring

SBC's Girl Scouts Workshop:
February 25, 2017

Trainee and Boys & Girls Clubs Recital:
March 24, 2017

Faerie Tale: A Royal Wedding
April 1 & 2, 2017 

Open Auditions for SBC's 2017-2018 Season Company Dancers and Trainees:
May 21, 2017 

SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop Session One:
June 24-28, 2017

SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop Session Two:
August 5-9, 2017 

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