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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Ballet, Dance, Education

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

Programs: Dance education: 1) continued to teach classes and instruct dancers at the ballet fantastique city center for dance and annex studios in downtown eugene, offering year-round dance classes and workshops for youth aged 4-18, with a separate drop-in community adult ballet education program. Each class is taught by a college-educated dance professional, and limited in size to ensure personal attention and facilitate accelerated learning. 2) brought in thousands of dollars of financial assistance and work study trades for talented young pre-professional ballet students who completed a comprehensive application to demonstrate financial need, talent, and commitment to dance. 3) offered workshops and seminars in dance nutrition, ballet history, contemporary dance and choreography, performance preparation, and more to add depth and enrichment to the student curriculum. 4) expanded enrollment in the academy of ballet fantastique from 73 class registrations and 31 individual pupils to 136 class registrations from 75 different students, more than doubling our academy base.

contemporary ballet performance: 1) created and premiered 3 new original full-length contemporary narrative ballets: cirque de la lune, casanova, and pride and prejudice: a parisian jazz ballet. 2) completed a tour of the company's critically acclaimed original ballet cinderella: a rock opera ballet, with performances in florence on the oregon coast, rural noti, and in downtown portland. 3) engaged in successful cross-disciplinary collaborations with a variety of local and national artists. These collaborations included working with musical groups shelley & cal and the agents of unity for the cinderella tour, betty and the boy, mood area 52 and troupe carnivale for cirque de la lune, and the gerry rempel jazz syndicate for pride and prejudice. The company also worked with numerous photographers, videographers, costume designers, visual artists, actors and dancers, set designers and circus artists in its productions, forging innovative new cross-disciplinary partnerships to build new audience for dance. 4) engaged in a job search for the company's first full time male dancer, attracting numerous domestic and international company's first full time male dancer, attracting numerous domestic and international applications, and hired an award-winning dancer/choreographer from portugal for the start of the current ballet season. 5) grew the audience for company performances, selling out four of six total engagements for the company's original works, while raising both season ticket subscriptions and general ticket revenue over the previous year. 6) received overwhelmingly positive critical reception for all the company's productions, both in patron surveys in numerous media reviews and features across the northwest.

educational outreach: 1) conducted educational outreach work both in schools and in theater through the initiatives experience dance project and passport to dance. 2) completed quarter-length teaching residencies in two lane county schools, offering dance arts instruction and physical education to underserved populations and in rural school districts. 3) arranged an outreach matinee performance of pride and prejudice: a parisian jazz ballet, bringing in over 400 school children from throughout lane county and other areas of oregon to see a full professional ballet production at a highly subsidized rate, with scholarships for students who could not afford the 5 ticket, and subsidized bus transportation for at least one rural participating school. 4) attracted unprecedented attendance at the company's three open barre events, which aimed to help break down barriers to experiencing ballet performances and bring new audiences to ballet. 5) performed original ballet fantastique repertoire free or at low cost at a variety of community events throughout the year. 6) maintained a 100% debt-free budget while continuing to expand outreach and program operations. Grew budget and continued to diversify and grow the ballet fantastique board of directors to strengthen the company's connections with the broader eugene community.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.