Special message from Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett:
The mission of the Richmond Ballet is to "awaken and uplift the human spirit" through the art of dance. We are able to accomplish our mission because of generous patrons like you, and we invite you to become part of the exhilarating life of Richmond Ballet this season by making a gift to our Annual Fund.
Nearly 50% of the Ballet's total contributed revenue is provided through support of the Annual Fund. These gifts help us keep the Ballet operating at the highest level of excellence by providing necessities such as the dancers' pointe shoes for each performance and live musical accompaniment for all of our classes. These gifts also make it possible for us to offer over 1,500 school children in the Richmond area who participate in the Mind In Motion program the opportunity to perform on the Carpenter Theatre stage. Most importantly, perhaps, is that these gifts allow all of our programs to be available to ticket buyers, tour sponsors and aspiring students at a fraction of their actual costs, thereby bringing them into reach for many who otherwise wouldn't have access.
With the ongoing commitment of the donors to our Annual Fund, the Ballet continues to grow and expand its reach beyond the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia. With your support, we have built a respected and versatile professional company that continues to attract gifted dancers from around the world. We have built a school that has trained dancers who now dance professionally with Richmond Ballet and other notable companies. We have built an outreach program that impacts thousands of schoolchildren each year.
Whether you choose to become a member of the Cabriole Circle or support us as a Friend, every contribution enables us to bring exceptional dance and education to more than 65,000 patrons across the state. We could not do it without you!