Ballet Fantastique

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 60 E. 10th Ave. Eugene OR 97401 USA

Mission: Ballet Fantastique, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, keeps classical ballet vibrantly alive through unique, community-centered, world-class training, educational, and performance experiences for young artists and audiences. As our area’s first non-profit ballet academy and only chamber ballet company, Ballet Fantastique is dedicated to offering scholarships to young artists, training and coaching of the highest artistic caliber to young dancers, performance opportunities to young professionals, and free tickets to young audiences.  As an elite ensemble of soloists dedicated to building Eugene’s reputation for world-class performing art, Ballet Fantastique is also uniquely qualified to build performance partnerships with our area’s nationally-renowned musicians.
Target demographics: -Young artists (student and professional dancers ages 4-27) from all sectors of our community, and especially the Northwest -Young audiences, especially low-income children, in the Eugene-Springfield area -New, nontraditional, and existing audiences for dance across the Northwest

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of attending several Ballet Fantastique performances, each skillful, entertaining, and authentic—an embodiment of the hard work, joy, and enthusiasm of the entire Ballet Fantastique team. Ballet Fantastique does a wonderful job of integrating classical styles with a modern, theatrical sensibility, and two of the performances I attended included live music, to brilliant effect. They are also, beyond stylistic prowess, a practiced member of their community and inclusive place of learning. From seasoned leapers to teetering tots, dancers of all ages and skills are included in their performances, giving it the feel, not only a great company, but of an especially talented family. Eugene is lucky to have them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Some of the best work I've seen Ballet Fantastique has involved collaborations with musicians. More money could only mean more collaborations and thus a richer experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was involved in the decision to go non-profit with the founders of the organization . The decision making process allowed the evolution of the founders wishes as expressed by their mission statement. They have been consistently moving toward the fulfillment of the statement ever since. Eugene area youth and youth from the state of Oregon have had their lives greatly enriched through this great organization's efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the evolution of the organization's structure and their ability to find the people who can help move toward their goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie expressed by the founders. Their focused energy is amazing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to the mission of the company. They are young, energetic, socially aware and dedicated to completing the tasks that needed doing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its training facilities to allow for more student contact by expanding their classes numbers.

Ways to make it better...

its financial base were more solidly supported.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

As an intern at Ballet Fantastique, I have been allowed the amazing opportunity to be a part of a non-profit organization that dedicates their heart and soul into the community and into dance. The entire staff, including the interns, are extremely dedicated and passionate about helping this organization expand. Ballet Fantastique is always striving to reach out into the community and allow others the opportunity to experience dance. As an intern with little dance background, I gained a deep appreciation for the art of ballet and Ballet Fantastique. The staff at Ballet Fantastique welcomed me with open arms and have taught me invaluable lessons about my position within media relations, and also the power a non-profit can have. It takes a team of devoted and passionate individuals to make a non-profit succeed. And Ballet Fantastique has just that. The Bontrager's, coaches, instructors, and staff's commitment to the organization is amazing to watch, and I am very fortunate to be a part of this inspiring group of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my education and life. The skills I have learned while working here have been invaluable. Also, gaining a deep appreciation for the art of ballet has been fantastic.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow them to have full-time staff positions. It is always easier to have someone who can dedicate their entire day to the organization, but Ballet Fantastique does an excellent job of having dependable interns and volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication that each individual has to Ballet Fantastique. It has many volunteers and interns that are very much a part of the Ballet Fantastique community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experienced, friendly, and dedicated. They were open to new ideas, and were constantly striving to help Ballet Fantastique grow.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a larger studio, offer even more scholarships to dancers, expand their travel performances, and grow their Summer Dreamworks program.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't so busy as a student! It is difficult to make time to work, but Ballet Fantastique's staff is extremely patient and flexible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. Funding is an issue at every non-profit, but Ballet Fantastique continues to grow in the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Ballet Fantastique's costumes and performances are AMAZING!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I've seen one performance--packed the Hult Center's Soreng Theatre in Eugene. it was fantastic. I was also fortunate enough to have the executive director, Hannah Bontrager, in several of my courses when she was a student at the University of Oregon. Given her talent and her commitment to both teaching young artists and to bringing ballet to the community, it is no surprise that Ballet Fantastique has been so successful. Can't wait for the next performance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending one of its performances

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The teachers at Ballet Fantastique are dedicated and passionate about bringing professional ballet to youth who do not have the opportunity to experience it. The performances are unique and inspirational.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

serving on the board.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring the arts to underserved populations throughout the Northwest.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Ballet Fantastique does amazing work for the Eugene, OR and beyond area, making children's dreams to dance come true and making the arts available to all socioeconomic levels. The company is dedicated to its cause and could get even more done if it were not for funding limitations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the close attention they give to their volunteers and their generosity throughout the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help the Eugene area be more socioeconomically balanced through culture and entertainment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

BF is company of professional dancers with grace and skill. They've brought dance back to the city. They also teach our younger students to appreciate the discipline and athletic ability needed to dance ballet.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue spreading the classic art of ballet to the greater Oregon community. BF could increase the size of the company and studio to better influence a greater portion of our children. BF could use the money to retain its professional dancers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

BFan has reached out to low-income elementary school communities to expose young children to the possibility of ballet, even offering free introductory lessons to students from these schools. BFan has stirred up the staid dance community in our city. Even the stodgy city ballet company copies them in many ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performances and outreach activities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The charismatic energy and drive of the leadership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

varied in age, social class, religion, race/ethnicity -- a real cross-section of the community. BFan is evidence of the possibility of a non-elitist ballet company.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

inspire the inner dancers in us all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Ballet Fantastique is a wonderful organization any which way you look at it. The instructors are outstanding, and as practicing, professional performers and choreographers, they create an exciting a vibrant environment in which to learn the art of ballet. Needless to say the academy is the best of its kind in Eugene. Because it is both an academy and a chamber ballet company, Ballet Fantastique provides unique opportunities for ambitious young dancers to perform in a mix of traditional and creative modern shows with extraordinary prima ballerinas. As a business partner, Ballet Fantastique lacks at nothing. Their commitment to their artistic is uncompromising and it encourages everyone involved to rise to their best. I have worked with them now for nearly six months. In my professional experience as a videographer, film director and advertiser, I have yet to come across as wonderful a company as Ballet Fantastique.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their fantastic performance "Visions d'Amour."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they have more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the Bontrager family and their commitment to bringing ballet to the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, competent and kind. Also, very encouraging and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn any ballet sceptic into an affectionate fan; it could turn young boys and girls with a fleeting interest in ballet into confident performers; it could lead the vanguard of cultural education available in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Ways to make it better...

I could have learned enough ballet to perform, choreograph and film the performance. :) A dream, sure, but with the guidance of Ballet Fantastique, perhaps a possibility.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to balance the traditional side of ballet with cutting edge modern performance without losing their audience.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love working with Ballet Fantastique. My review may sound over the top. All I can say to that is work with them yourself and you'll discover, as I did, that superlatives are rarely in excess when it comes to Ballet Fantastique!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is my first season teaching and performing with Ballet Fantastique, and I am extremely impressed. The caliber of teaching and the dedication to the art is astounding. The atmosphere is welcoming and professional, which makes the students excel and learn how to be dedicated. One of Ballet Fantastique's missions is to bring new and different works to the Hult Center, while still keeping a classical base. I am truly inspired by there history and goals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my teaching and danicng. The dedication and determination has inspired me in so many ways, from teaching to performing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they are truly dedicated to the art and sharing it with the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated and very hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do amazing performances, expand and reach so many children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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