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Tulsa Ballet Consistently Attracts the Finest Choreographers in the World, Announces Completion of Integrated Campaign | Substantiate the Relevance of Dance in our Community for Decades to come...

Entertainment News By Tulsa Ballet | Posted on June 01, 2019 05:15 AM

Tulsa Ballet dancers in the World Premiere of Dorothy and the Prince of Oz, by Edwaard Liang, produced in collaboration with BalletMet, with funds raised through Defining the Future Integrated Campaign - PRNewsFoto/Tulsa Ballet  

Entertainment News by Tulsa Ballet : Tulsa Ballet closes one of its most successful seasons. The integrated campaign exceeded its goal by raising a total of $25.2 million, thanks to a $450,000 major gift from the Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation and trustees Kirk Clausing and Max Vowel.

Funds raised from the campaign are being used to:
· Broaden the reach of the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education.
· Build and create new productions.
· Increase the Tulsa Ballet endowment to provide for the long-term sustainability of the organization.

The campaign, first chaired by Kayla Vaughn, began in 2015. Billie Barnett assumed the chair role in 2017. Hannah Robson served as Honorary Chair.

"We are especially grateful for the Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation's gift, which has helped us reach the finish line for this campaign," says Scott Black, Tulsa Ballet's Managing Director. "As a World War II veteran, Lou Miller became an entrepreneur establishing L&M Office Furniture as a successful Tulsa-owned business and finding continued success through real estate investments. I am sure that Mr. Miller would be pleased that his legacy of philanthropy is being carried out by the trustees of his foundation."

Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet's Artistic Director, says, "The Defining the Future Campaign was developed to substantiate the relevance of dance in our community for decades to come, through audience growth and education, and the long-term artistic and financial health of Tulsa Ballet. We are thankful to every individual who contributed to this campaign, and for their investment in the future of the arts, culture and quality of life of our community."

About Tulsa Ballet
Since 1956, Tulsa Ballet has evolved from a small regional ballet company to a nationally and internationally recognized arts organization. For 24 years, the organization has thrived under the leadership of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

Today, Tulsa Ballet consistently attracts the finest choreographers in the world, employs around 30 professional dancers from around the world, 25 full-time artistic and administrative staff members and a pre-professional ensemble composed of 12 American and international young dancers, all graduates from the top ballet academies of the world.

This year, Tulsa Ballet fulfilled its role as an Oklahoma cultural ambassador by representing the city and state in Italy, Switzerland and Spain on the company's first three-country tour.

Performing to sold-out crowds in six of the top venues, Tulsa Ballet received standing ovations and was called by the European press, "without a doubt, within the Top Ten American ballet companies," and "one that, for decades continues to enrich the international landscape of our field" and "a company made up of 30 dancers from 14 countries, dancers who are absolutely extraordinary for their technique and versatility … Tulsa Ballet's work was truly exceptional."

The recently completed season also saw some of the company's greatest successes to date, including the highest subscription sales ever, the highest selling run of The Nutcracker in the history of Tulsa Ballet, the largest enrollment in the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education, and the highest grossing special event, Icons & Idols 2019, in the history of Tulsa Ballet.

Source: PR Newswire/Tulsa Ballet

Website: http://www.TulsaBallet.com

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