Benefiting Westside Ballet’s Crisis Relief Fund, on Giving Tuesday, Westside Ballet will release archival Nutcracker footage from past productions and previously recorded dress rehearsals of selected solo roles performed by six graduating seniors, filmed in an open aired ‘Black Box,’ whist the dancers were wearing masks and observing all social distancing safety protocols.
On Tuesday, December 1st – one video will be released per hour from 10am – 7pm. Please watch on Westside Ballet’s Vimeo Public Showcase at https://vimeo.com/showcase/6997255 –– and will appear on IGTV @westsideballet_ and on FaceBook Videos.
All proceeds from these fundraising efforts will go towards the Westside Ballet Crisis Relief Fund. Westside is looking to engage 1500 Angels to Save Westside School of Ballet.
Crisis Relief Fund: Launched in March during the first shutdown, this immense fundraising serves to keep the school and studios from closing permanently, whilst operating on a skeleton staff. Currently, there are limited online offerings and outside classes running at 25% occupancy. Donations will enable Westside to harness the latest technology enabling them to provide even more virtual instruction to adults and children. All donations to the fund will go directly to sustaining Westside Ballet’s extraordinary team of dancers, artistic and support staff. The fund has raised an astounding $170,000 – recently surpassing their original goal of $150,000. The ‘Ask’ to the community has since been raised to $250,000 – as the original amount was set to cover losses during the first three months of shutdown and the subsequent expectant few months of limited studio classes. As the pandemic is spiking and Westside Ballet is now in their eight month of limited access to studios, utilizing an outdoor dance space and online Zoom classes, the Board of Directors voted to increase the Crisis Relief amount requested, to further ensure the school, in it’s 53rd year, will be poised to weather the uncertainty of the pandemic and offer the legendary instruction Westside Ballet has become known for for years to come.
Donate Directly at Westside’s online Nutcracker Boutique: https://nutcracker.westsideballet.com
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