If You Close Your Eyes - You're Missing Out!
October 3, 2018
Executive Director Lee May takes the stage welcoming guests to MEET THE DANCERS -
at the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention.

We had a highly successful event, "Meet the Dancers", at the amazing Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. Executive Director Lee May and auctioneer Ben Campen conducted a hugely entertaining auction that garnered more revenue than anticipated. And then the dancers danced! Such a fun evening. Sweetwater Catering and Unforgettable Events out did themselves for this event - as did the fundraising committee and all their helpers!  

DANB has so many amazing supporters that we want to acknowledge. This year it was a great pleasure to award Tony and Nan Mancuso our Angel Award for exceptional support over many years. The Mancuso's have been a strong support for over 30 years in ever so many ways.  We can't begin to thank them enough for all they do.

The grand finale of the event was the announcement of the Dancing With The Stars contestants - and community "Stars" met their partners for the first time.  Lots of cheering and clapping came with each announcement as many former contestants were in attendance to cheer on 2019's competitors!  

Male competitors:
1. Jody Davis - Ashley Broooke Lunn
2. Henry  Rabell - Julia Ponomareva
3. Raul Villareal - Gretel Batista
4. Changhwan Ko - Rachel Ridley
5. Duke Pinner - Carla Amancio
6. Jonathan Mills - Thais Rocha
7. Gib Coerper - Yulia Pivotskaya
8. Hon. David Arreola - Jessie Dominguez
9. Maxwell Minch - Beatrix Povoas
Female Competitors:
1. Patty Candella - Andre Valladon
2. Cathy Lentz - Fhilipe Teixeira
3. Wendy Haukland - Alex Kuznetsov
4. Sherrie McKnight - Sergii Sydorskyi
5. Betsy Whitaker - Roberto Vega
6. Cornelia Holbrook - Aaron Gomez
7. Paul Delaney - Joe Glover

Let the Dancing Begin!
You can join us March 2, 2019 for CHOCOLATE GALA and Dancing With The Stars. Tables are going rapidly!   For more information, see the link below.


Rehearsals are well under way for WONDERMENT and our Cuba Trip - not to mention NUTCRACKER!   Our dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba have been filling us in as to what to expect, take and enjoy! We can hardly wait! We do hope you will be joining us in this dance experience! A special thanks to Randy Batista and Bulla Cubana who helped to generate funds for this adventure. 

More Exciting News!
Dance Alive National Ballet was awarded a grant for $1,500 to help support residency programming at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala. Executive Director Lee May attended the 11th Annual Applaud the Arts event on September 20th where Ms. May was presented on stage with other grant recipients.   It was a lovely event and DANB is most appreciative of the MCA grant.

The  Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership and the Reilly Arts Center will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Reilly Arts Center October 10th at 4:30 PM celebrating the opening of Dance Alive National Ballet's season at the Reilly.   Join us for the Celebration! Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be available and you will have the opportunity to meet many Marion County arts lovers! Contact linda@dancealive.org for more information. 

On October 4th, Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and Choreographer In Residence Judy Skinner will be honored at a performance of the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Raymond Chobaz. The program will be dedicated to "UF Distinguished Alumnae 2018" DANB Directors Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. The program, beginning at 7:30 at University Auditorium is free and will feature a great friend of DANB, pianist Kevin Sharpe.   Join us in the Celebration! 

An Opportunity:
If you haven't yet gotten your Halloween Costume - or need costumes for a child's play date - do come by our Halloween Costume Sale this coming Saturday from 9-3 or the next day from 12-3. A variety of sizes, costumes and fun stuff - ranging from $5 to $15.   You can't beat it!

Special Thanks:
DANB is pleased to announce that two more corporate sponsors have joined the team!

Citizens State Bank of Newberry will be a corporate donor at the PRIMA LEVEL. 
Thank you Gilbert Levy for facilitating this sponsorship.
Dance is a visual art and we REALLY need good video in order to present the Company. We are particularly pleased that Sherrie and Tony McKnight through their company Big Daddy Productions will be filming and editing material for DANB through the 2018-2019 season - a corporate donor level at the STAR level.     Thank you Tony and Sherrie!

Now Is the Time! October 1 through October 19th.
If you are an employee at UF, you can donate to DANB through the University of Florida Campaign for Charities. It is really painless!   They have it down to an art, and since it is handled through payroll deduction, what you give can be spread throughout the year.
When you give - Remember that we have to make up a loss of over $72,000! Along with so many wonderful arts organizations in Florida, cuts in state funding have made this year one in which we really have to count on the generosity and support of our community. (We qualified for $78,000 and were awarded $5,000.) Please donate what you can - and know that we are doing all that we can to limit expenses.   We thank you.

Andre Valladon in a section from L'Amour.  
 Photo Monica Sue Nielsen.
  • DANB brings unparalleled quality of the arts to our community.
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  • DANB teaches children the wonder of the arts. 

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