Texture Contemporary Ballet is organizing this fundraiser to help support our company and school during this unprecedented time. To protect our artists, teachers, students, families, and patrons from the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we made the heartbreaking decision to postpone our final performances of the 2019-2020 season, cancel our annual fundraising gala event, and temporarily close our studio doors, moving all of our school classes to a virtual setting. Though we know this was in the very best interest of our patrons and our dance community, we now face some unexpected challenges. Our goal is to raise $4.000 to help provide relief for our company and school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small non-profit arts organizations hustle - with limited resources and limited funding. We know the value of our work in the community, and that is enough for each of us to invest all of the hard work, time, and energy we have into the wonderful organizations that we work for. Here at Texture, we are grateful to see this spirit each and every day in our directors, dancers, teachers, and staff. But in challenging times like these, non-profit organizations need your support more than ever. If you are able, please consider making a donation - it will give us the boost we need to endure this unexpected storm.
Despite the uncertainty all of us feel in this unprecedented time, know that we are unwavering in our mission and love of dance. We are hopeful. We are ready to get back into the studio and create, and to continue teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers. We look forward to putting innovative dance back on the stage very soon. We thank you for continuing to believe in all of the work we do.
Texture Contemporary Ballet is a tax-exempt, non-profit entity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). All donations are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
About Texture Contemporary Ballet
Texture Contemporary Ballet was founded in 2011 by Alan Obuzor to provide artists a safe, inclusive, and stimulating place to create and perform innovative and dynamic contemporary ballet. Texture’s classically trained, professional ballet dancers have danced and trained at the top ballet companies and schools in America. Resident and guest dancers are brought together to create and present predominantly contemporary and neo-classical work. Texture is a "new works" company; in nine years Texture has created and presented over 145 new dance works by 34 different choreographers.
Each year, Texture presents three main stage shows at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside. These shows consist of a blend of ballet and contemporary dance, fused together with many other styles of dance to showcase a diverse pallet of movement. Our choreography highlights dynamics in the music and plays with different qualities of timing and movement. We move dancers through space to showcase movement, energy, and passion. For each of these main stage shows, Texture presents a Children’s Performance alongside the regular performances. These family-friendly performances feature excerpts from the show and include an interactive portion where the children are invited on stage to dance with our professional dancers.
Texture also presents two other programs throughout the year, which allow for unique collaborations with other artists in our community. “WIP Choreography Project” allows young choreographers with a variety of experience to hone their craft in an open and encouraging environment. Choreographers present raw, yet complete works in an intimate setting, using dancers of Texture, other Pittsburgh dance companies, or independent dancers. “Dance Shorts” is an eclectic assortment of short dance works by a variety of dance groups, each bringing their own dancers and performing their original works. This unique program gives our audience a sampling of the wide range of styles, ages, and flavors of dance in our community.
Texture has collaborated with many Pittsburgh organizations and artists, including Cello Fury, OvreArts, Meeting of Important People, Anqwenique Wingfield, Joe Sheehan, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and Resonance Works. Our community involvement includes multiple performances for First Night Pittsburgh, SWAN Day, PrideFest, Speaking Of… , Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Dancer’s Trust, and Millennium Pittsburgh.We’ve also performed at Fresh Works presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, WYEP Holiday Hootenany, AFTA Convention, WYEP Summerfest, Opera Theater Summerfest, University of Pittsburgh’s Controlled Chaos, Sarah Parker’s Evolve, and hosted a sock drive to benefit the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and Pleasant Valley Shelter for Men. We recently expanded our community involvement to include in-school arts education outreach programs. Texture now offers lecture demonstrations for two different groups: pre-K and K-6th grade. In these programs, our professional dancers introduce the students to the fundamentals of ballet, pointe shoes, and music, while highlighting the creativity involved in dance and choreography.
About Texture Ballet School
Texture Ballet School offers professional instruction and performance experience from the beginner to professional level. Texture guides young dancers through the world of ballet from pre-school levels to professional levels in a positive, nurturing environment.
Our goal at Texture Ballet School is to make students fall in love with dance while helping each individual reach their fullest potential. Texture Ballet School provides high quality ballet training which readies students for the professional dance world and fully prepares them to pursue careers in classical and contemporary ballet. We provide a thorough and rigorous ballet program with a well-rounded dance education that can be used as a foundation to pursue any style of classical or contemporary dance that they wish.
While we aim to train the next generation of dancers, choreographers, and dance instructors, we realize that not everyone will choose to follow one of these paths. The reason to study in a professional ballet training program is not only to pursue a career in dance but also to learn all of the life lessons that come along with studying dance. Through dance we strive to teach our students: respect for themselves, respect for others, discipline, commitment, confidence, the value of hard work, how to be self-motivated, how to work with others as a team, and many more.
We offer our students invaluable performance experiences that help them to grow as a dancer and allow them to build important life skills. Performances help to develop independence, confidence, determination, teamwork, and the ability to use everything they have learned to rise to the occasion! We will have several exciting performance opportunities for our students throughout the year, including Dance Shorts, Nutcracker, Winter Showcase, Spring Performance, and more.
To learn more about Texture Contemporary Ballet and Texture Ballet School, please visit our website at www.TextureBallet.org.
Photo credit: Mark Simpson, featuring artists of Texture Contemporary Ballet and Cello Fury