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Simply put, if it wasn’t for supporters like you, we wouldn’t exist. So thank you for providing the funds that we need to make art transformative right here in our own community.

Thanks to your help, in this 2017-18 season we made our $52,000 match from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and that means the work that has been sparked through The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. can ignite the bigger dream of a more stable and expansive community of artists and athletes. The collaboration that has sprung from our three years “living” next door to each other at St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym has given us back more than we ever imagined. The understanding of and respect for each other that has grown is life-changing and energizing.

This year we have seen an increase in need from students and families:
• A parent out of work
• A student burdened with debt or
• The money just doesn’t go far enough

We reached our cap for scholarships in the first two weeks of the new school year and the Board of Directors decided to extend additional scholarships to meet the need of an additional three familes. Your gift makes the difference in whether a child who has been faithful and worked hard dancing for years, can continue dancing. Truthfully, we could not do this without you. We, and those we serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Someone once said that whatever we possess becomes of double value when we share it with others. Looking around at the difference your financial support has made to our organization, we know that to be true. Thank you!


Lori Gleason, Executive Director
Zoé Emilie Henrot, Artistic Director

P.S. Please call me (Lori) at any time at 612-203-9055 if you have questions, would like an update on what we’re doing, or wish to volunteer. We would love to meet you in person so we can say thanks, face-to-face.