During this holiday season, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your support of Ballet Austin. I am grateful to live in a city that supports the arts and our working artists. It takes people like you to make these opportunities possible and accessible to our community.
Each day I have the opportunity to work with an exceptional company of professional dancers that are recruited from across the US to move to Austin to provide exceptional performance experiences for you. I know how much each of them appreciates the support from people like you. Please take a moment to enjoy brief messages from a few of our dancers - Ashley Lynn Gilfix, Jaime Lynn Witts, Frank Shott, Aara Krumpe and Michelle Thompson – in this 60-second video message.
Many find it surprising to learn that ticket sales cover less that 60% of the cost to bring a production to the stage. Your gifts make it possible for us to continue to bring dance, education and community access programming to over 35,000 people those throughout Central Texas each year. For the past 53 years we at Ballet Austin have committed ourselves to producing productions and programs worthy of the trust that comes to us through your gift. We commit to remain responsible fiscal stewards of each gift invested in our artists, our programs and our organization.
During this holiday season, thank you for considering Ballet Austin in your year- end giving. Each and every gift, no matter the size, truly makes a difference.
I look forward to seeing you in the audience, and thank you for allowing me to share the art of dance with you.