Dear New Haven Ballet Family and Friends,
The Great Give begins Tuesday, May 4, at 8:00 a.m., and will run for 36 hours, ending on Wednesday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m. We at New Haven Ballet (NHB) recognize that this year has been hard for all our families—whether through lost earnings, lost studies, lost companionship, or the greatest loss of all, lost loved ones. Like you, we have been struggling, but we have continued to keep our dancers dancing, for we know that the joy of dance can unite and uplift our entire community.
We have faced many challenges, offering classes on Zoom and performances on YouTube videos. Our cleaning protocols and videotaping have ensured that once our students and faculty started returning to the studios and performing in ensembles they would be as safe as we could make them. These extra costs have been burdensome, but they have enabled our students to continue performing and our audiences to share their performances. Even now, our dancers are preparing to present a virtual spring performance, which will be sent free of charge to all our families.
Today, as Connecticut’s vaccine rollout brings hope that in the coming months we might once more perform onstage for you, we are looking ahead. NHB has launched a costume initiative, starting with our Waltz of the Snowflake tutus. The costumes are being remade to contain components that would match each dancer’s skin tone, components that will allow the costume to be shared from performance to performance. Down the road, we hope to make similar adjustments as we refurbish our other costumes.
So on May 4, we ask that you consider a donation to keep NHB’s dancers dancing and our sewers sewing. A donation of any amount would be welcome—you might want to consider donating what you would have paid for spring performance tickets, something that would help us defray the expenses of videotaping the performance. Thank you, and may you all stay safe and well as we look forward to the day we shall be together again.
New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
From all of us at New Haven Ballet, thank you for supporting us!