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.
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.