In order to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, dancers, staff, students, and musicians as well as the citizens of greater Huntsville, Community Ballet Association / Huntsville Ballet Company suspended its 2020 season in March and has made the difficult decision to cancel all performances and events for the remainder of 2020. December 2020 will mark the first time in over 52 years that The Nutcracker will not be presented to the city of Huntsville.
This is a sad and challenging time for everyone, but I felt it was the right thing to do. Still, having watched the growth and development of a professional ballet company in Huntsville during my tenure as artistic director, it is heartbreaking to be forced to cancel performances and lay off dancers.
Unfortunately, Huntsville Ballet Company cannot survive without grants and ticket revenue from performances. Without help from the community, the future of Huntsville’s professional ballet company is uncertain. Non-profit arts organizations like ours have no contingency budget in the case of unprecedented events like this. We are hoping that many of our devoted audience members, business leaders, and the entire community will help “BRIDGE THE BALLET” through the pandemic. We are grateful for any support and confident that your investment in Community Ballet Association will have a lasting and positive impact on our community, greatly enriching the educational and artistic lives of the citizens of our great city.
As a non-profit performing arts organization, our growth directly reflects the creative and enterprising spirit of the growing city of Huntsville. Community Ballet Association employs 27 faculty members and 20 staff members, including an Artistic Director, School Director, Director of Outreach, Wardrobe Mistress, School Administrator, and Company Manager, as well as a number of part time office assistants, creative and technical advisors, production stage managers, graphic designers, house managers, and social media and website managers. The Professional Company includes fourteen paid dancers, many of whom also serve in faculty positions at Huntsville Ballet School and in part time administrative roles for CBA. In addition to compensated employees, CBA relies on invaluable support from a host of community and parent volunteers.
Incorporated in 1964, Community Ballet Association is North Alabama’s premier dance organization and professional ballet company. CBA has the most extensively and professionally trained educators in North Alabama all with a passion for excellence and artistry in dance. CBA’s Executive Board of Directors and its Board of Trustees are composed of individuals from every sector of the community. With its varied experience and eclectic input, this board of 28 capably guides the organization, whose mission is to inspire a passion for the art of dance in the community through performance, community outreach, dance education, and special programs for diverse audiences.
With so many worthy causes in need at this challenging moment, Huntsville Ballet thanks you for your consideration and for recognizing the importance of the arts in our community now more than ever.
Phillip OttoArtistic Director
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