Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc.

aka The Sarasota Ballet   |   Sarasota, FL   |  www.sarasotaballet.org

Mission

We enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Joseph Volpe

Director

Iain Webb

Main address

5555 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243 USA

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EIN

65-0135900

NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

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Our programs

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The Sarasota Ballet Company

The Sarasota Ballet is a unique ensemble of both dancers and choreographers that the New York Times has called "America's foremost exponent of Ashton ballets." Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international recognition for its diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, as well as the integrity and artistry of its performances. The Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Matthew Bourne, Dame Ninette de Valois, Michel Fokine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. During Webb’s tenure, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as week-long residencies at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York. In May 2017 The Sarasota Ballet performed at the inaugural National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City and in August of 2018 returned to the Joyce Theater for another sold out week-long residency. The Sarasota Ballet is just one of three professional ballet companies in Florida and the only professional company on the Gulf Coast.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Dance - The Next Generation program is a unique ten-year full scholarship program for children identified as being at-risk for dropping out of school. DNG is designed to prevent children between the ages of 8 to 18 in the Sarasota community from dropping out of school. Since its founding in 1991, all of the students who have finished the program have graduated from high school. In 2002, the program received the "Coming Up Taller" award from former First Lady, Laura Bush.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory is a full-time, pre-professional program designed to prepare 11 - 18 year old students for a performing career in classical ballet. Developed for students that demonstrate facility and artistry, Margaret Barbieri Conservatory aims to produce dancers possessing a strong, clean classical technique with great emphasis on artistry, musicality, purity of line, co-ordination and a quality of movement. The intent is to produce graduates who are capable of integrating effortlessly into The Sarasota Ballet and other top professional dance companies through high level training in classical ballet.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Sarasota Ballet School is the only ballet school on Florida's West Coast affiliated with a professional company. The ballet school serves students between the ages of 3 to 18 as well as holding tailored classes for adults. Since opening 20 years ago, the School has developed a Children's Division, a Middle Division, an Upper Division, and an Adult School. Students have the unique opportunity to work with professional dancers, teachers and choreographers as well as to dance in company productions. Our programs are designed to train dancers who wish to dance professionally and our students have been accepted in programs at the Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School of Dance Education, Harid Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet, Julliard, The Kirov Academy of Washington DC, Miami City Ballet, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory and the Orlando Ballet.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Sarasota Ballet offers several Summer Camps as well as a 5 week Summer Intensive Program for pre-professional students. Instruction is provided by guest artist as well as members of The Sarasota Ballet Faculty. Participants may be consider for The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Sarasota Ballet aims to provide audiences with the highest quality of dance through the performance of a wide variety of repertoire - ranging from the great masters of classical ballet to modern day choreographers. The Company also aims to bring the art form of ballet to a wider range of audience members and to help break down the preconceived impressions some may have of ballet.

Each and every season, Director Iain Webb brings several new ballets to the Company as well as reviving ballets from it's now vast repertoire. Over the past 10 years, The Sarasota Ballet has performed works by such prestigious choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, Sir Matthew Bourne, Christopher Wheeldon, Christopher Bruce, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor and Paul Taylor, to name but a few. These include both contemporary, classical, romantic, neoclassical and modern choreograph styles. To ensure that the Company is able to perform such a vast and important range of ballets, The Sarasota Ballet holds several auditions each year in order to continue to bring the brightest and most talented dancers to the organization. During the 2019 audition season, over 600 dancers auditioned or submitted audition requests. In order to reach new audience members, The Sarasota Ballet organizes several outreach programs and events throughout the season, including bringing over 2500 third grade students from around the Sarasota Manatee area to watch a tailored and interactive school matinee performance featuring both trainees and professional dancers from the main company. Our Education Department, each year, sees over 300 students, ranging from children aged 2 - 18, to adult students aged 19 - 80, where they provide professional and caring tutelage from each and every student.

Since The Sarasota Ballet has achieved National and International recognition the Company has been able to reach a significantly larger audience and broaden our donor base. We continue to diversify and expand our administrative team in order to create a highly trained and experienced, yet stream lined team so that The Sarasota Ballet can continue to grow artistically year after year. In February 2016, The Sarasota Ballet hired Executive Director Joseph Volpe, whose vast and unprecedented experience in the fields of arts administration through his many years as General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera in New York has brought a significant and positive change to the business running of the Company. Director Iain Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri's equally vast and exceptional experience in the field of ballet and their unique contacts throughout the world of dance provide an important and vital artistic understanding and vision to continue to bring national and international acclaim to The Sarasota Ballet.

Yearly we monitor our increase in all levels of income, track our expenses to be sure we are doing all we can to maximize our donors investments.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Richard Johnson

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Patricia Golemme

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2021

Jean Weidner Goldstein

Former internationally-renowned Principal dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet; Founder of The Sarasota Ballet

Mark Famiglio

Business Owner

Bart Price

Physician

Lynda Doery

Retired dance instructor Board Member of Smith College Alumni of Sarasota, Member of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota serving on the Scholarship Committee

Patrick Kenny

Frontier Insurance Group 1998-2001 and Executive Vice President/President of International Insurance Society 2001-2009; KPMG partner – 1966-1987; CFO/Executive Vice President Aetna – 1988-1994; SS&C Senior Vice President – 1996-1998; Advisory Board – Hesburgh Libraries – University of Notre Dame

Jonathan Coleman

Attorney-Partner of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP 1997-Present; B.A. in French with cum laude honors following study in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Europeennes and Universite de Paris-IV (Sorbonne); M.A. and Ph.D. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Richard Johnson

Amway Corporation – President and Representative Director Amway Japan and Senior Vice President Amway Corporation 1991-2000; Board Member of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation; President and Board Member of the Royal St. Andrew Condominium Association

Teresa Masterson

School Nurse Consultant – Florida Department of Education/USF 2020-Present; School Health Specialist Manatee County School District 2017-Present; Affiliations: All Children’s Hospital Guild Sarasota/Manatee Branch-Life Supporting Member, National Association of School Nurses

Peter Miller

Consultant, Novelist, Composer, Screenplay Writer; City College of New York, Mathematics; MIT graduate degree in computer science and artificial intelligence; Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn); founder of the Biomedical Computer Science Department – College of Health related Professions

Sydney Goldstein

Retired

Hillary Steele

CEO and Owner Property Management Firm FSU College Board of Medicine, Co-Chair “Bowls of Hope,” Co-Chair AJC Gala, Designing Women Fashion Show and Temple Beth Shalom’s Fashion Show, Planned Parenthood, YMCA

Frank Martucci

General Partner and Senior Managing Director of Bear Stearns & Co. and President of Millcross High Yield Fund; former Board Member of William Penn University; past Chairman of the Board Smithsonian Archives of American Art (presently Emeritus); Smithsonian Institution; Montclair Art Museum

Maureen Steiner

Principal of Athenaeum LLC Real Estate Investment Firm 2001-Present; Egremont Land Trust, Treasurer; The Irish American Cultural Exchange Fund; Partner of Baldwin Bell Green (Management Consulting Firm); Beachwalk Condominium Board Treasurer

Audrey Robbins

Math Department Chair of The Out-of-Door Academy 1999-2015; Founder Statia Terminals School, St. Eustatius, NA; Curriculum Coordinator Learning Unlimited School, St. Maarten, NA; Board Member Perlman Music Program Suncoast; Board member Asolo Repertory Theatre and Smith College Club of Sarasota

Patricia Golemme

TJMaxx Merchandising College Recruiter & Buyer Training Developer (retired); Owned and operated a gift business, Scribbles; American Cancer Society Cape Cod Board of Directors and was instrumental in supporting the opening of Hope Lodge in Boston and participated in every ACS Fundraising Event

Jean Weiller

Head Textile Designer & Design Studio Manager for Weilwood Fabrics 44 years Textile and Houseware Conservator Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Art Teacher at Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota

Isabel Becker

Arts Patron Co-Chaired “8 Over 80” with Hillary Steele; recipient of 1 of 6 Women of Aviva (2020); watercolor instructor at Kobernick Senior Living; Board of Trustees at Aviva; Fabric artist who won awards at Art Center Sarasota; Events Chair at Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center

Paul Cantor

Chief Operating Officer of Allegiant Private Investors; Finance Committee AFFB and Community Foundation of Sarasota; member 2-Gen Taskforce CFS, Board Member AFFB, Guest Lecturer for Financial Literacy – Ringling College; Young Professional Group of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Sellman

Social Worker for the Department of Public Welfare – Baltimore, MD Planned Parenthood volunteer 50+ years, League of Women Voters Baltimore, Brandeis University Women’s Organization-Discussion Leader, National Council of Jewish Women, Baltimore

Ginger Cannon Bailey

CEO of Racemark International; Yellowstone Holdings, LLC; C200; Southern Automotive Women’s Forum; New York State Business Council; WBENC member; Volunteerism Saratoga Performing Arts Center, National Museum of Dance, Yaddo, Skidmore College; Emma Willard School; Sanderling Club HOA Board member

Peggy Abt

FT Professor of English, OCCC (now SUNY Orange) 1975-1997 and Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action/Institutional Equity (Cabinet level position) 1987-1996; former Board member of Planned Parenthood, Asolo Repertory Theatre, JFCS; current Board member of Josh Provides

Julie Harris

Arts Patron President of the Siesta Key Republican Club, first female President of the Siesta Key Association, Secretary and Executive Board Member of Van Wezel Foundation and Board Member of the Circus Arts Conservatory

Phillip Lombardo

CEO of Citadel Communications Volunteer Experience: Chair – Broadcasters Foundation of America, Chair – National Association of Broadcasters, Board Member Salvation Army, United Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis

Rosemary Oberndorf

Executive Consultant of Medical Education Technologies, Inc., Trustee of Ringling College of Art and Design and member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee, member Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Museum of Art

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data