International Ballet Exchange

Philadelphia, PA   |  http://www.internationalballet.org/

Mission

Founded in 1998, the mission of International Ballet Exchange (IBE) is to bring high-quality, classical ballet education and performances to Philadelphia public school students from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; to foster valuable artistic and life skills, international understanding, and aesthetic awareness; and to make appreciation of and participation in ballet accessible to all.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Christina Castro-Tauser

Founder and Senior Advisor

Nancy Malmed

Main address

38 East School House Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19144 USA

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EIN

23-2948748

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ballet is for everyone. The diversity of our dancers and the blending of students and professionals on stage—hallmarks since our founding—importantly connect our student and community audiences with this art form that too often is perceived as being for only a few. Morevoer, a high-quality education is every child’s right. A high-quality education that builds cognitive, social, and emotional skills includes experiences with the arts as an audience member and as a participant.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Ballet Exchange

IBE's core program, Ballet Building Bridges, invites students of the Philadelphia public schools to participate in ballet as students, performers, and audience members. Each year, we provide, free, a 30-week ballet course to students in up to four Philadelphia public schools. The course unqiuely culminates with the students' participation in a fully staged story ballet along with guest professionals and advanced-level ballet students, performed for an audience of up to 1,500 students and educators from across Philadelphia.

As part of this program, we annually perform two fully staged story ballets for the students of the Philadelphia public schools. These performances, which have included the Donetsk Ballet on US tour, are exclusively for the students. To deepen the experience of seeing a ballet, we provide an educators' guide to the ballet, with pre- and post-performance classroom activities.

Consistent with our mission, IBE also annually presents a fully staged story ballet to the Greater Philadelphia community at an accessible location (free parking, nearby public transit stop) at affordable ticket prices.

Our performances consistently blend students and professionals on stage, and the diversity of our dancers has been a hallmark from our founding.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of audience members served in our two annual performances for the Philadelphia schools (two performances at venue capacity of 1,500 each). In 2020, could not perform in the schools.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our total number of paying audience members at our annual performance of a fully staged ballet for the community. In 2020, the global pandemic kept us off the stage.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our total number of annual performances of fully staged ballets (two for the schools, two for the community). In 2020 we provided free content via access to two archived performances

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of classes offered during the school year (30 weekly classes x the number of residency sites). In 2020 we served (virtually) 4 sites across the city.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours of in-school ballet classes provided by IBE's teachers in residence

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our total audiences for four performances (two for the schools; two for the community). In 2020 we served our audiences with online content.

Number of professional artists employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of professional guest artists participating in the fully staged ballets that we present. In 2020 nine guest artists danced in our original online content.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To make ballet accessible to young people across Philadelphia through education and participation in performance and through the experience ballet as a performance art.

2. To share the experience of ballet to the Greater Philadelphia community through accessible, affordable ballet performances featuring diverse casts and that blend students and professionals on stage.

3. To provide performance opportunities for youth artists.

• Our year-long ballet residencies for the Philadelphia public schools are provided by highly skilled professional educators and culminate in participation in a performance
• We offer performances of fully staged story ballets for the students of the School District of Philadelphia, local private and parochial schools, and home-schooled students. To deepen the experience of seeing a ballet, we provide an educator guide with information about the art form, the ballet, the artists and music, along with pre-and post-performance activities and resources for further learning.
• Our performances provide meaningful opportunities for local students of ballet to perform with professionals and to share their art with others.

We have maintained our focus on these goals and strategies for more than two decades. Our dance educators bring extensive experience to their teaching. Complementing our longevity of operation and leadership, we have engaged a new generation of leadership for the organization.

We have maintained consistent numbers over the years, and we seek to continue to do so while sustainably building partnerships and developing related outreach activities, such as joint performances with music education groups or teacher workshops.

We also seek to enhance our educational materials, using a range of delivery options (print, electronic, interactive).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Ballet Exchange

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ellen Wert, PhD

Jerome Fisher, CPA

Joleen Miller

Tina Barber, MPA

Coralie François

Michele-Olivia François

Sheila Hawes, Esq.

Dawn Lacy

Kate Lombardi

Leslie Macedo

Christina Castro-Tauser, MFA, ex officio

Nancy Malmed, ex officio

Giselle Tirado

Catalina Walsh

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/06/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.