Issue No. 61
July 2017
SBC Welcomes 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Many thanks to the members of the Springfield Ballet Company 2017-2018 Board of Directors for volunteering to serve on our Board. All were welcomed at this year's first monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, as a social and new member orientation.
Board officers:
Kim Leistner Root, President
Rachel Hall, Vice President
Emily Johnson, Finance Chair
Charlotte Kane, Treasurer
Brooke Thomas, Fundraising Chair
Whitney Hubbard, Secretary
Nicole Nunn, Past President
Grace Nanavati, Director Emeritus
Sarah Beuning
Pattie Curry
Kristy Gilmore
Jennifer Gronewold
Courtney Hall
Sami McElwee
Nalo Thomas Mitchell
Ann Opferman
Greg Riddle
Elizabeth Ross
The Board is responsible for developing resources to support Company activities and for meeting fiduciary responsibilities to the community to wisely expend and fully account for Company resources. In these and other ways, the Board ensures the current and future visibility of the Springfield Ballet Company.
We look forward to a great season with you!

Christmas in July

Everyone knows that winter is The Nutcracker's favorite time of year - the snow, the holiday cheer, and, of course, dancing with the Springfield Ballet Company!

But, it's also his busiest season.

So, this summer The Nutcracker has decided to take a well-deserved vacation and explore all of the fun summer activities around Springfield. He's even enjoying some time at the pool! 

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 in our annual production of The Nutcracker.

Your generous donation helps the Springfield Ballet Company thrive in a world where funding for the arts continues to fall short. 

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

To donate to our Christmas in July campaign via PayPal, please click HERE. (Note: You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate through this site.)

Thank you!

Educating Our Dancers

Springfield Ballet Company dancers and Trainees have had a BUSY summer learning from some of the best instructors and choreographers in the dance community!

Master classes have included ballet with Fernando Duarte (Joffrey Ballet), jazz with Joshua Blake Carter (Giordano Dance Chicago), ballet with Meghan Loman (SBC alum, Ballet Spartenburg and Carolina Ballet Theatre), ballet and partnering with Josiah Savage and Elizabeth Chapman (Georgia Ballet), ballet with Hernan Justo (Artistic Director, Carolina Ballet Theatre) and modern with Lauren Small (SBC alum,  Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans). WOW!

Here is a peek at some of our amazing instructors and dancers!  

SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop, Session II


SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop - Session Two - with Matthew Harvey and Madeline Jazz Harvey

August 5-9, 2017 (Sat to Wed)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$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 or visit our website HERE

Advertise with the SBC!

Do you own a local business? Would you like to promote an upcoming event in our community? Would you like to show your support for the dancers in our productions? 

If so, then please consider advertising in the souvenir program for our 2017-2018 season!

Click HERE for an advertising sales form, or contact Sally Hamilton at 217-544-1967 for more information!  

Thank you!
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)


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Upcoming Events:
SBC Summer Intensive Workshops Session Two:
August 5-9, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program:
Fridays, ongoing through Fall and Spring
Auditions for The Nutcracker:
September 10, 2017
September 16 & 17, 2017

SBC Trivia Night:
November 4, 2017 
Festival of Trees Performance:
November 2017
The Nutcracker:
December 9 & 10, 2017
First Night Springfield Performance:
December 31, 2017
Leap into Lincoln at ALPLM:
February 20, 2018
Trainee and Boys & Girls Clubs Recital:
Spring 2018
SBC's Girl Scouts Workshop:
Spring 2018
Faerie Tale:
April 14 & 15, 2018

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