Bakersfield City Ballet

Poised and en Pointe

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.bakersfieldcityballet.org

Mission

Our mission is to be Bakersfield's premier pre-professional ballet company by inspiring and enriching our community with performances, and fostering in youth a love for the arts, through dance.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Megan Furse

Vice-President

Ms. Terri Cline

Main address

8200 Stockdale Hwy M-10 321

Bakersfield, CA 93311 USA

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Formerly known as

Bakersfield Civic Dance Company

Imagine Ballet Company

EIN

77-0335833

NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bakersfield does not have a professional ballet company. Dance students who aspire to a career in the performing arts or college education that includes dance, currently have to seek it outside of Kern County.

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?

Community Outreach

Community outreach is an integral part of Bakersfield City Ballet (BCB). We participate with Kern Dance Alliance to serve many non-profits in the Bakersfield area. BCB Company Members work with AdaptiDance through League of dreams working with disabled youth and providing an opportunity to dance. The Boys and Girls Club of Kern County allows us to give a monthly dance lesson to members of their group, and we perform for patients at Healthsouth/Encompass Health. BCB Company Members also perform in the annual prodution of The Nutcracker at the Rabobank Arena & Theatre in Bakersfield, and host a Nutcracker Tea for children to learn the story of the Nutcracker and meet dancers in costume.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with physical disabilities

Annual Performances:Bakersfield City ballet holds an annual performance to showcase their Company Members as well as provide an opportunity for children and the people of all ages to attend a ballet. Underprivileged youth may attend at a greatly reduced price, if not free . Company members perform in pieces using their training received in Company class to present the Bakersfield community a variety of dance created and created by various choreographers. We are also developing a répertoire that will be utilized at these events. These performances help prepare company members to pursue a possible career in professional dance, a college education, a profession in a field related to dance, and life skills that can be utilized not only in daily life, but in any career. Also, BCB performances introduce the art of dance to children and/or adults who might not otherwise ever get an introduction to ballet and dance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Annual Company performance showcasing Company Members through multiple pieces all choreographed by former members of the a different version of the Company. The performance is geared to entertain and inspire the Kern County Community through ballet and performance art.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Lion Quest Special Award 1997

Quest/Lion's Club

Honor Dance Company 2010

Regional Dance America

Affiliations & memberships

Regional Dance America - Member 2007

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to continue to contribute to the development of Bakersfield’s rich culture by bringing the beauty of dance to more lives. We plan to provide an environment where future dancers can fulfill their dreams right here in Bakersfield. As a pre-professional company we are currently a stepping stone between studio training and a professional career, and only able to contract volunteer dancers. With more funding we can achieve our organizations dream of becoming Bakersfield’s professional ballet company and provide paid contracts to our dancers over 18 years old, and create jobs in the arts within our community.

BCB’s strategy is to raise awareness within our community about what our organization is - We aim to educate on how a non-profit ballet company is different from a studio business. As for how to achieve the funding we need, BCB currently runs several small fundraisers with local restaurants throughout our season. We also organize a Christmas Spirit educational fundraiser called Nutcracker Tea in the month of December for the youth in our community to enjoy a reading of The Nutcracker Story, meet and greet with characters in costume from the ballet, and attendees at this event also have the opportunity to watch a live performance of The Nutcracker, performed in part by our company dancers. Our annual Beer and Ballet fundraiser in January is an opportunity for members of our community to enjoy craft beer tastings, bid on silent auction items, and watch short performances from Bakersfield City Ballet members. Our Organization also participates in a monthly Arts Walk called First Friday, where we offer our company’s merchandise and hand made crafts for a donation while mingling with community members and educating them on what our company’s purpose and goals are.

The Bakersfield City Ballet artistic faculty have all trained at a pre professional level with professional ballet programs, or attained a college degree in dance learning from accomplished dancers, teachers, and choreographers in their field. BCB faculty passes all of their knowledge to company members in weekly classes and rehearsals, helping them to refine their technique and explore their artistry. We provide master classes with dance industry professionals, and also attend ballet and contemporary dance conventions/competitions to gain further training and to stay relevant with the ever progressing demands and styles of the art form.

In our inaugural season we began to establish our classical ballet and contemporary repertoire. We provided two master classes for our members and community dancers, as well as attended Youth America Grand Prix semi finals in San Diego, 2019. We have participated in several months of Bakersfield’s Arts Walk communicating with our community members the purpose and need for a professional company in Bakersfield. BCB artistic faculty, board members and company dancers have all participated in over 100 hours of community service with socio-economically challenged youth groups, assisted living facilities, children with disabilities, and other organizations throughout our community. We have successfully raised funds to contract three local choreographers, purchase costumes, and rent our theatre for our first annual spring production Ethereal Visions. We aim to continue to grow in each of our successes so that we will be able to take the next steps in our second and future seasons to achieve our goal of community recognition, support, and title of professional company.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Bakersfield City Ballet

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Megan Furse


Board co-chair

Ms. Terri Cline

Education

Term: 2019 -

Yvonne Miller

Community Volunteer

Milissa Ackerley

California State University, Bakersfield

Erica Ueberroth

Dance Education

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data