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May 26, 2011

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February 18, 2010

I have been going to the Minnesota Ballet for a couple of years and they are wonderful. Their new production of Nutcracker this year was innovative and an exquisite sight for the eyes. What a perfec... more

May 26, 2011

This was one of the ballets' best seasons. With a new production of Midsumer's Night Dream and some new company members, the company was elevated to the next level.

The company's artistic level is very good for the resources that they have.

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

performances and board meetings.

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

expect more corporate sponserships to help this company continue and grow.

February 18, 2010

I have been going to the Minnesota Ballet for a couple of years and they are wonderful. Their new production of Nutcracker this year was innovative and an exquisite sight for the eyes. What a perfect event to take the entire family to. The dancers are lovely, the costumes are beautiful, and the lighting/set design is visually stimulating. They also have a celebrity dance challenge every year that is so much fun and highly entertaining for the community.

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

performances

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

the people (dancers, board members)

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

wonderful

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

do so much more for the community in education and performances

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

I was a Board member and Treasurer. I helped secure a grant that still comes in annually. I am also a donor.

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

The dance. When you leave with a beaming smile, there is no doubt that you just saw a wonderful performance. I especially like the small venue up close and personal performances. I love being surrounded by dance and music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

A transit from the east coast-I have been following Minnesota Ballet for 7 years. My own ballet experience is extensive, having been a professional dancer and Company owner myself for well over 35 years. I have watched this wonderfully talented company grow into a Ballet Company who has brought major ballets to our Northland area. I am now a proud board member. Minnesota Ballet brings the performing arts to children through school programs, educates our audience and has a school designed to train dancers and give children the opportunity to learn the classics and keep the performing arts alive.

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Minnesota Ballet has performed ballets from NYC ballet. The have to maintain a high degree of performing and talent to be eligible for any of NYC's ballets.

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

Produce the ballet classics with proper scenery and costuming. They would have the ability to bring in more choreographers to expand the company repertoire. Minnesota Ballet would have more programs for local school children and education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been an audience member of the Ballet for twenty years and a contributor about that long also. I think that the productions are so excellent that I have helped fund several of them, especially the impressive new "Nutcracker" production. I think that helping to provide operating funds is so important to keep this ballet in the Northland that I have issued three major matching challenge campaigns, plus contributing yearly to the membership campaign at the highest membership level.

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how well the Ballet uses its financial resources. It builds great productions at a fraction of the cost it would take at a major city. It also offers first-rate ballet training at a reasonable cost.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have served as historian for the Minnesota Ballet for more than fifteen years, a labor of love that has given me an intimate knowledge of the Ballet’s role in preserving and advancing the art of ballet in the community, the region, state, and beyond. I have also been an audience member since 1987, and my daughter graduated from the Ballet's School and went on to dance professionally in Chicago.

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its constant concern for raising the artistry of the company; for increasing the appreciation and understanding of the audience; for enhancing the training of students; be they pre-professional or recreational; and for reaching out to the underserved.

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

afford to add any masterwork it wanted to acquire. When I saw the Minnesota Ballet perform Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” I thought I must have been magically transported to New York, the performance was that good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

The Minnesota Ballet has a profound influence on children in our community. Between their fabulous "family oriented" performances, their outreach to the schools, to their classes with scholarships for underprivileged children, I can't think of a better organization for making an impact on the arts. I have had first hand experience with the ballet by serving on the board, having a child dance with them, and mentoring an underprivileged child taking lessons. Bravo to the Minnesota Ballet.

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

working with the staff, dancers and other volunteers to make it a top quality dance company.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

The Minnesota Ballet is the premiere dance company in Northeastern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. It is quite a treat as a resident of Duluth to be able to attend such a high quality of dance just minutes from my home. The company has so much energy and talent and the School of the Minnesota Ballet has brought dance into many young people's lives. The company and it's school enriches the quality of living in this part of our state.

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

the energy of the company and the talent in the choreography they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

During the past thirty-five years I have watched the ballet grow and mature into the outstanding professional company it is today. It is quite unusual for a city of this size to have it’s own Ballet company, and I am always amazed at the impact it has on our community. Not only does it provide an opportunity for the general public to see a live ballet performance and to inspire dreams, but it provide expert training to both young and adult students whether they are challenged individuals or those desiring to become professional dancers. The company’s outreach program is another way that the Ballet impacts the community and brings the art to those who otherwise might never have the opportunity. I will never forget a special performance given for the area’s 6th graders. The auditorium was filled with busy and boisterous students, but as soon as the performance started they all became very quiet and attentive. They left with big smiles on their faces and wonderful memories. What impresses me most about the Minnesota Ballet is the continued hard work and dedication shown by the dancers, executive director, staff, board members and parents. It is their collaborative efforts and the support of the community that makes the company so successful and special.

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

getting feedback from those persons attending performances,the students and their parents, and those that have been served by outreach programs.

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

appreciating the hard work and commitment put forth by the all the artists that I have come in contact with.

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

always willing to give 100%.

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

do more outreach, give more scholarships to students, properly pay the company and staff,and produce more ballets.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

Our two daughters are graduates of the School of the Minnesota Ballet, beginning at age 5. The older one was a Minnesota Ballet company member for several years. My husband has helped with set construction and worked backstage. The Minnesota Ballet continues to be an inspiring part of our lives. The creativity, beauty and athleticism expressed during performances reflect the dedication of the talented dancers. We truly appreciate having such a fine ballet company in the Twin Ports.

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

being exposed the fine arts, experiencing classical dance and theater, seeing our girls develop discipline and work ethic due to the stringent demands of the ballet school.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I have been involved with the ballet almost since its inception. I first became involved as a young student back when the ballet was known as the Duluth Civic Ballet. I currently am involved as board member, an adult student, a parent of a student, a volunteer and as an enthusiastic fan. I have seen the ballet transform from its humble beginnings to what I consider to be one of the best regional ballets not only in the midwest but also in the country. The school is excellent and provides first rate classical ballet instruction for children of all ages. The company is incredibly talented and provides our area with a level of dance and performances one would not necessarily expect for a city the size of Duluth. It certainly contributes to the quality of life here in Duluth and I am thankful and proud of its continued existence.

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

watching my child grow through the school, strengthen my own body through classes, and have received countless hours of enjoyment through watching the performances by the company and school.

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

watching the beautiful performances by the company and helping the organization thrive as my role as a board member.

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

everyone within the organization from the all paid staff to the parent volunteers (back stage, costumes, ushers, etc.)

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

reach out more to the community through scholarships, student performances, and outreach programs. It could also put on more performances and pay our professional dancers a better living wage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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