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In 2018, my childhood dream came true when I was promoted to Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. I left my home town to begin training at the Beijing Dance Academy when I was 11 years old, then moved away even further to continue pursuing my dream in the US, first at The Rock School, then as a trainee with San Francisco Ballet. Since that time, this company has become my family and my home. Please consider donating to San Francisco Ballet so we can continue giving back to our community on and off stage as soon as it is safe. https://www.sfballet.org/support-us/donate/
Thank you for supporting San Francisco Ballet! – WanTing Zhao principal ballerina at the San Francisco Ballet.
Alessandra James – Knight Theater, Charlotte
When I think of art and dance, I think of community, nourishment for the soul, the importance of togetherness, and the connectivity of all human beings. Dance is beautiful story telling to whisk you away from your everyday life only to bring you back emoting, energized and engaged.
Through this pandemic I’ve seen how courageous artists near and far have been with their creativity. The dance community has begun to adapt in how we connect to our audiences. As incredible and inspiring as this change has been, we miss feeling our audience, our community right before our eyes, their energy fueling us for the performance. I miss being on stage, telling a story or offering up the freedom for the audience to interpret their own. This engagement in my own community is how I can help overcome the challenges that COVID-19 has brought. Over the past 50 years Charlotte Ballet has become one of the city’s most cherished arts organizations, and through it all we have demonstrated our resilience. Please consider donating to Charlotte Ballet’s Resilience Fund to keep us dreaming and inspiring for another 50 years. – Alessandra James ballerina with the Charlotte Ballet
Katie Boren – Paris, France
I’ve never missed anything as much as I miss dancing right now.. being in a studio, moving to masterfully played music, pushing myself past exhaustion just about every day. This crisis has taken so many things away from us that we love.. but it’s temporary. We will overcome this, stronger and more united than ever before. We are so looking forward to the day when we can bring our art back to life on the stage for you. Institutions like American Ballet Theatre have suffered tremendously due to COVID-19, yet we remain #AloneButTogether. If able, please consider contributing to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund: https://support.abt.org/ABTCrisisReliefFund This fund provides much needed help to dancers, ballet masters, pianists, and crew. – Katie Boren ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake with the original cast
Remy Young – Upper West Side, New York City
As Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” The misfortune that this pandemic has created is unparalleled. Once we reach the other side, the necessity to permeate our world with art will be vital to healing our collective brokenness. Art unites, inspires, empowers— we cannot do these things alone. The purpose of a dancer is to share stories with an audience; we dance FOR the audience. I think everyone is experiencing some hardship in not feeling the presence of a community. This is what I am most looking forward to once we conquer this virus: bringing people together and sharing with them something beautiful. Arts institutions like American Ballet Theatre have suffered tremendously due to COVID-19, but even in this time, we remain #AloneButTogether. If you, too, are excitedly anticipating the return of America’s National Ballet Company to the stage, please consider contributing to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund https://support.abt.org/ABTCrisisReliefFund.
It will help keep dancers like myself, crew, pianists, and ballet masters on our feet (and toes!).
Eleven (Mark Morris Dance Group, 2019
Astrid Elbo – Fort Lee Historic Park, New Jersey
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