The highlight of SCB's annual fundraising gala on February 9, 2019 was an eloquent, inspiring speech given by company dancer Kayla Kressin, whose words resonated with everyone in the room and illuminated the capacity that dance has to empower and enliven not only young dancers, but indeed everyone.
Celebrating our first Volunteer of the Year Awardees: Jennifer Capella and Rebecca MacGowan
Many organizations hold awards for volunteers who go that extra mile. In December, SCB decided to start officially recognizing some our “Star Volunteers” for their unbelievable dedication.
In our inaugural year of this award, we could not decide between two very special women who support SCB to an extreme, and who have helped us so much that we couldn’t imagine running the organization without them.
So, in 2018 we decided to award our inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award to both Jennifer Capella (SCB Board Treasurer) & Rebecca MacGowan (Volunteer Coordinator) for their generous spirit and support.
This year, Southern California Ballet applied for a grant from the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation for seed money to initiate the creation of an inclusive, 6-week adaptive dance education program for adults with special needs in Rancho Bernardo. We are very excited to announce that, at the Foundation’s Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday, November 16, we were granted $8,000 to initiate the program.
Southern California Ballet’s 27th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature returning alumnus and Broadway star, Victor Wisehart, in the role of Snow Cavalier for his final classical dance performance.
Today, Southern California Ballet is thrilled to welcome its first artists-in-residence, Marlie Couto and Courtney Mazeika! Through its new artists-in-residence program, SCB provides support and studio space for Marlie & Courtney to develop new work. Their residency lasts from November 8–20, 2018.
This year, thanks to very generous donations of nearly $11,000 from various donors and supporters, we have made many improvements to the studios of Southern California Ballet. We hope this makes everyone even more proud to call themselves a part of Southern California Ballet!
This year, we debuted a new program in our summer lineup designed specifically for Company-level dancers: the Summer Masterclass Series. The new program allowed us to truly challenge our highest-level students, and expose them to all new teachers from near and far. As a rigorous full-day program, it competes with ballet schools of international repute.
Our annual Cecchetti exams (we are proud to be the only school in the region to train in the Cecchetti method and use the Cecchetti USA syllabus and exam system) took place in May, and we are pleased to report a 100% pass rate.
Last year, we tried a new approach to the annual fundraising gala, and decided that it would specifically support the planned spring production of Coppélia. The 2018 Gala—aptly named Coppélia’s Ball— managed to raise over $10,000 and supported our efforts to put on an amazing production of Coppélia that will endure many generations of Southern California Ballet dancers and the SCB community.