Ballet 314

Celebrating Local Talent Within the Community

Creve Coeur, MO   |

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Ballet 314

EIN: 83-3310999


Founded in February of 2019, Ballet 314 is a nonprofit professional ballet company dedicated to celebrating local talent in the St Louis region. Led by artistic directors, Rachel Bodi and Robert Poe and creatively powered by dancers who have chosen St Louis as their home, Ballet 314 was founded with a heart to serve the community. We aspire to provide encouragement and partnership with local organizations and to be a bridge for the arts in St Louis. Experience classical and contemporary ballet created by local choreographers, amazing dancers, and a wide variety of music at an entertaining Ballet 314 event!

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Executive Director and Founder

Rachel Bodi

Artistic Director and Founder

Robert Poe

Main address

331 N. New Ballas Rd. PO Box 37032

Creve Coeur, MO 63141 USA

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Subject area info

Arts exchange

Arts education

Folk arts



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Population served info

LGBTQ people


Young girls

Preteen girls

Adolescent girls

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NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

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As a brand-new nonprofit, we are working hard to raise the funds needed to stage and produce our very first large scale production, The Nutcracker & The World's Fair. This is a world premiere re-telling of St Louis' favorite historical event, the 1904 World's Fair, with everyone's most treasured holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Our Co-Artistic Directors and our board members are dedicating significant time and effort required to create and stage this ballet. We have a large community cast joining us for these performances on Dec 6th and 7th, 2019. Meanwhile, we are also working with schools and libraries to bring Llama Llama and Friends to more locations in the spring of 2020. We have a commitment to Old Bonhomme Elementary School to bring the ballet to their school. We expect to work with many more schools and libraries to bring the ballet to them, also. Our next major performance will be a performance in May 2020 of a mixed bill repertoire.

Our programs

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

Llama Llama and Friends

A brand new children's ballet written around the characters in the Llama Llama and Friends children's book. This ballet is narrated from the original book by Anna Dewdney and is set to music from the album Happy Dance by Scott and Rosanna, with choreography by the Ballet 314 artistic directors, Rachel Bodi and Robert Poe.

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A children's ballet created to highlight and provide education on the instruments of the orchestra. Choreography and movement is set to different orchestra instruments and paired with classical ballet music. Different segments of the ballet focus on woodwinds, percussion, brass, and strings.

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A brand new, narrated take on the holiday tradition with historic ties to St Louis. Ballet 314 brings St Louis' favorite historical event and everyone's most treasured holiday classic together in this first-ever re-telling of The Nutcracker and the World's Fair. Join Clara and her family as they make memories through the sights, sounds, and sweets of the St Louis 1904 World's Fair

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“Ragtime encapsulates the human experience in a richly textured and heart wrenching story that will lead you to re-examine the American dream.”

Ballet 314 Artistic Director Robert Poe’s energizing and historically informed production of Ragtime: The American Experience brings a unique re-telling of E.L Doctorow’s epic American novel. Three families from different racial and cultural backgrounds navigate the social change during the turn of the century in New York. We watch them face the impact of racism, police brutality, and domestic abuse while in pursuit of their American Dream.

During its premiere in 2021, Ragtime: The American Experience united local performers from The Big Muddy Dance Company, St Louis Ballet, Ashleyliane Dance Company, as well as Missouri Baptist University and was described as “a relevant and powerful social justice ballet” by attendees. Don’t miss this moving cultural experience.

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Join Ballet 314's professional company as they perform “Chocolat.” This ballet, narrated in both Spanish and English is adapted from the book, “Chocolat and The Master (of my heart)” by Doris E. Lugo Ramírez (2020). This book tells two perspectives of the encounter that changed the course of the lives of both a regular runner and animal lover, and the abandoned dog who, among her adventures, howled at the moon for a helping hand. This brand new work is a fun dance of love suitable for adults and children. Following the performance, audience members will even have a chance to dance along with the performers from Ballet 314.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of Latin American descent

This seasonal mixed bill highlights choreography and storytelling, and will leave the audience ready to join us for performances to come. Selections are paired with Edgar Allen Poe poems read aloud by a professional storyteller, as the story comes to life through the dancers and choreography on stage.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We aspire to provide encouragement and partnership with local organizations and to be a bridge for the arts in St Louis. Ballet 314 was founded with a heart to serve the community.

Community outreach is our main focus. We are partnering with schools, libraries, other arts organizations, and local businesses to bring ballet performances and programs to more people in the local community. We are dedicated to celebrating local talent within the community and see a need to connect the many talented professional dancers in the area with the need and opportunity for educational and entertaining performances for audiences of all ages.

The Co-Artistic Directors for Ballet 314 are extremely dedicated and talented professional ballet dancers. Robert Poe and Rachel Bodi have danced with a number of other professional dance companies in the careers. The dancers who perform with Ballet 314 are all professional dancers who have chosen St Louis as their home. All of them have a heart to serve the community and a dedication to the mission of Ballet 314.

The three board members are all volunteering their time and talents to ensure that Ballet 314 is a successful nonprofit start-up in St Louis.
Our board president has prior experience leading other nonprofit professional ballet companies; Our treasurer has thirty years of business experience and also serves on another local nonprofit board. Our secretary is an extremely talented designer who donates her considerable skills to the graphic design and branding of Ballet 314.

Ballet 314 has been commissioned for 2 brand-new ballets so far; Assemble and Llama Llama and Friends. In addition, we have participated in the commUNITY Arts Festival this summer as part of that nonprofit organization's efforts to raise community-wide awareness of violent crimes through art. We are staging and producing a brand-new re-telling of The Nutcracker & The World's Fair, and are being joined by a large adult and youth community cast for these performances on the 6th and 7th of December 2019.

How we listen

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

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  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Ballet 314
Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

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

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Executive Director and Founder

Rachel Bodi

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rachel Bodi began her professional career in 2008, and has enjoyed performing in St. Louis for the past 10 years. Prior to founding Ballet 314 in 2019 alongside Robert Poe, she enjoyed careers with Missouri Ballet Theatre (2011-2017), Common Thread Contemporary Ballet (2018), Nashville Ballet 2 (2008-2011) and as a guest artist with Texture Contemporary Ballet (2011, 2012). Most notable roles performed with Ballet 314 include “Snow Princess” in The Nutcracker & the World’s Fair (2019) and “Wife” in Robert Poe’s adaptation of Ragtime: The American Experience (2021). Since founding Ballet 314, Rachel has also co-choreographed many original works both alone and in tandem with Co-Director Robert Poe, most notably premiering Ballet 314’s adaptation of the classic The Nutcracker & the World’s Fair; also co-authoring this story as a children’s book and interactive ebook (2020).

Artistic Director and Founder

Robert Poe

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Robert Poe has enjoyed a professional dancing career since 2004. For almost 17 years, he has performed with Columbia City Ballet, Cedar Lake II, Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Opera before coming to St. Louis to dance with Missouri Ballet Theatre. In February of 2019, Robert co founded Ballet 314, St. Louis' newest ballet company, and serves as Co-Artistic Director with Rachel Bodi. Through this company, he has co-published a children's book, "The Nutcracker and the 1904 World's Fair", based off of the ballet he co-created and premiered in December of 2019, spearheaded a community initiative entitled Project Change which encompassed the premiere of his first full length ballet entitled "Ragtime, the American Experience" in July 2021. Ballet 314's mission is to celebrate local talent in the community and to start showcasing diversity and equity in the classical dance arts.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
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Board chair

Rachel Bodi

Eugenia Jones

Maura Caldwell

Sarah Ballance

Morgan Pfeiffer

Sarah Mayer

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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.