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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: The Brandywine Ballet Company was founded in 1978 by Artistic Director Donna Muzio as a semi-professional dance ensemble serving Chester County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.  Through the Brandywine Ballet pre-professional dancers were afforded the opportunity to perform in a professional setting and work with professional artists.  In 1999 with assistance from internationally recognized choreographer Eddy Toussaint, the Brandywine Ballet debuted Brandywine Ballet Theatre, a fully-professional arm of the Company.  Through Brandywine Ballet productions, audiences are able to enjoy classic and contemporary ballet performances including such favorites as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula and the holiday classic The Nutcracker.

Target demographics: broaden and entertain audiences

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 students and over 4000 patrons of live performing arts.

Geographic areas served: West Chester, Pa

Programs: full length ballets, student matinees, summer workshops and master classes

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Where the dance world focuses on the physical appearance of a dancer, Brandywine Ballet emphasizes healthy eating habits and body image confidence. Dancers are taught the basic needs of the body and how to meet the demanding physical needs of the ballet world. Teachers accept all dancers and praise them for hard work, not beacuse they're skinny. Throughout the week there are several classes that offer versatility for every dancer. It is up to the dancers to push themselves to excell in those different styles. Overall, Brandywine Ballet has created an admirable program that helps train young dancers and prepare them for whatever the future may hold.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

People don't exactly know what to expect of Regional Ballet or even know what it means. Brandywine Ballet Company is at the very top of it's game, and has been for some time now. First rate choreography, stirring musical selection, strong, beautiful and dedicated dancers throughout - supported by superb training. It's truly the real deal, but you might not believe it until you witness some of the several annual performances. Dancers and choreographers from around the country come to West Chester to work with BBC because they know the reputation and quality of work. But do yourself and your family a favor and see one of the performances this season - you will know it's special as the curtain opens.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

My company, exposed organics, was given the pleasure of providing makeup services for the Brandywine Ballet Company's productions of Dracula and The Nutcracker in 2009. We were very impressed by the talent, sacrifice and dedication of the dancers and staff. The productions were breathtaking from start to finish, and the choreography was stunning.