“During this time, I think it’s really important to hold on to our humanity. And what better way than with the arts?” – Edwaard Liang, Artistic Director
We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and finding some moments of joy and peace as we all navigate these uncertain times. We wanted to share a few updates about what is happening at BalletMet.
Many of you continue to ask how you can help ensure the success of BalletMet in the future. We are so grateful for those of you who have already made a gift to BalletMet. We are committed to bringing world-class dance back to the studio and stage as soon as possible, but we know we need everyone’s help to make that happen. If you are able, make a gift today.
The Federal CARES Act provides increased tax deductions for charitable contributions made in cash for all individuals. Non-itemizers are allowed to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions. The Act also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize deductions, raising it from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%
Our downtown studios remain closed and will reopen when Governor DeWine determines it is safe but we know our students want to continue to dance. We have an amazing and innovative faculty which allows us to continue to offer class videos and more than 60 live virtual classes for our students each week.
Now more than ever, we want to be a helpful community resource, which means looking for new ways to make dance accessible to our audiences. We continue to provide distance learning for the Reynoldsburg School District. We are regularly uploading free movement classes and workshops, suitable for all ages, onto our YouTube page. Head there to enjoy ballet-inspired crafts, try a five-minute meditation or learn a new dance. Follow us on social media for performance clips, dancer Q&As and fun content: @balletmet.
You may have heard by now that we’ve decided to postpone all performances of Carmen.maquia to next season. We are grateful that our audiences will still be able to enjoy this wonderful ballet. Performance dates and times will be announced when we share our full 20/21 season. Ticket holders should have received information regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact our Box Office at email@example.com.
Due to Governor DeWine’s extensions of the Stay at Home orders, we have made the difficult decision to cancel New Voices bringing our performance season to an end. We know you share in our disappointment of not being able to celebrate our rising choreographers, and we thank them and all of our dancers for their artistry and dedication. Ticket holders should have received information regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact our Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current circumstances have caused us to temporarily layoff many of our staff. This is the hardest decision anyone in the current leadership of BalletMet has ever had to make especially as we know how dedicated our staff is to BalletMet. During this layoff we will continue to pay for employee health insurance until at least June 30, 2020.