LBV spends $91,000 per year on renting studio and office space. LBV is in critical need of finding sponsorship to support the programs offered at Richmond Center Stage and the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen to lower the cost of programming and serve more community members.
The Artistic Director of LBV is burdened with much administrative responsibility. LBV is in need of a development specialist, in-house marketing and public relations specialist and a performance agent. To ensure that we can hire for these positions, LBV needs $100,000 per year.
LBV is in need of 11 full-time salaried dancers. Currently we have 7 part time professional dancers. $100,000 per year is needed to accomplish this goal.
A capital campaign is needed to create an endowment. $50,000 is needed to accomplish this goal.
Storage space is needed to house the massive collection of costumes, lights, and scenery that is currently in several locations. $3,600 is needed to accomplish this goal.
The Latin Ballet Educational programs have received two awards of distinction as Best Arts in Education Programs: The Jane Baskerville Award for the best community education program for World Languages in Chesterfield County Public Schools, Virginia and Best Artists in Residency for Multicultural programs, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Ana Ines King and the Latin Ballet received the Theresa Pollack artists in excellence award 2011.
The Dance Teacher international magazine announced the Latin Ballet as one of the only three arts organizations in the US who provides an English as a Second Language program. Dance Magazine recognized the Latin Ballet of Virginia as the only dance company in the US who celebrates the unique annual holiday festive folkloric ballet of The Legend of the Poinsettia.
By reaching minority and underserved families LBV promotes the arts in communities that otherwise have little to no exposure of the performing arts. We provide performances and events that make the arts more accessible to low-income populations and performing arts newcomers who would otherwise remain isolated and unaware of the arts and the great impact it has on our lives. LBV provides unique services no one else offers for families new to the United States, as well as providing dedicated programming to support the cause of diversity, history and culture through the performing arts.
I have been involved with the Latin Ballet since its founding. My family came to the Latin Ballet to learn Spanish and stayed because we learned so much more. In the Latin Ballet, we found a wonderful diverse community that afforded my children an opportunity to broaden their world view, gain an appreciation for other cultures and heritages, and discover hidden passions (dance for my daughter and Latin percussion for my son, which both now pursue professionally.) They grew as individuals, gained confidence, forged new friendships and acquired a love for the arts. We all saw how dance and music can make a difference in people's lives, regardless of their age and background.
One of the most touching memories for us all is of a young lady who has autism. She took a flamenco class and embraced it with such passion. Sometimes she would follow along and other times she would spin and spin with her skirt in the air. Her family noted how happy she was when she was dancing in class. It was truly beautiful to watch how her enthusiasm infected the others in class, how they learned to interact with this child who was only mildly communicative, how they respected her as just another classmate, and how she opened up to them over time.
The Latin Ballet's educational programs teach so many wonderful lessons - on tolerance, self-confidence, discipline, and focus. I have seen first- hand the difference it has made in children for whom English is not their first language, in students with learning disabilities, and how it has engaged and stimulated curiosity in children previously having limited exposure to the arts. Over the years, I have volunteered in many capacities and I have continued to support the Latin Ballet because I believe it is a unique educational program that affords benefits many similar programs do not. The Latin Ballet was conceived from the Artistic Director’s, Ana Ines King, love and compassion for children and all of the programs are infused with that same love.
Administratively, the Latin Ballet has been transitioning from a working Board into a governing Board and in the past two years we have made big steps in this direction. As our programs have expanded, we have broadened our mission to serve large segments of the population and recently revised our mission statement to better reflect this focus. We have restructured our Board and, having identified a need for certain expertise, have been growing the Board with this in mind. Since our last annual Board retreat, we have seen a renewed commitment from the Board which is reflected in our very proactive committees and even higher attendance at Board meetings. Additionally, the Latin Ballet has strengthened its funding by reconnecting with past funders, successfully identifying new ones and is begin the development of a solid individual donor plan. We believe these focused efforts will help guarantee a sustainable program for years to come.
Ana Ines King (AIK), holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from the Instituto de Bellas Artes of Colombia, SA. Mrs. King has over twenty years of experience teaching, directing and performing in South America and the US. In Colombia, SA, she founded and was Artistic Director of the Santander Ballet from 1985 to 1995. AIK was a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University department of Dance and Choreography and at the Center for the Arts of Henrico, for seven years. She currently coordinates and directs the Latin Ballet collaboration with Richmond Center Stage educational programs. In addition of directing the professional company, she teaches Flamenco, Latin American dances and Latin Jazz for the Latin Ballet schools. AIK has received many awards for her contributions to the arts, including: "Best National Choreographer" for "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in Colombia, SA. Her choreography of “Annie" for Televisa, Mexico was awarded Best Children's Film of the Year. "Hispanic Woman of the Year 2002" for services to the community, by AT&T Broadband & CNN in Virginia. She received the Jane Baskerville Award for the best community education program for World Languages in Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia in 2004. Best Artists in Residency for Multicultural programs, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina by the North Carolina Arts Council in 2005. Style Magazine named her as one of the “25 most influential artists in Arts and Culture” in Virginia 2007 & 2008. She received the 14th Annual Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts 2011. Richmond Woman Magazine described Ana Ines King as “Coffee, Flowers and Ana, Colombia’s Finest Exports”in 2005. Dance Teacher Magazine spotlighted the Latin Ballet as one of the only three organizations who teach ESL through Dance in the US. Southern Living Magazine’s Dec. 07 recognized AIK as an “Ambassador of Dance and Culture”.
Collaboration is integral part of Latin Ballet’s mission in supporting the community as well as the Commonwealth. LBV collaborates with Richmond Center Stage Educational programs and events. Theater IV/Barksdale Theatre and Richmond Symphony through choreography for their Hispanic productions. The Cultural Arts Center at GA, for festivals that highlight the Hispanic culture. VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, cultural events. Mercy House New Life for Youth, offering workshops of Dance Therapy and performing at their special events. MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children & the Arts with our productions and edu. programs. Representatives of the main office of each local County or City Public Schools, to promote and preserve arts education. Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Radford and Longwood University, providing special workshops and presentations tailored to dance students. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Science Museum of Richmond, Maymont and Children Museum of Richmond for presentations at their festivals and events. Richmond Chamber of Commerce as I.E. conference speaker promoting the arts and culture in Richmond.
Our anticipated results are based on ten years of experience delivering the Be Proud of Yourself program. Our programs stimulate imagination, memory, and creativity while building confidence, self-respect and self-love through artistic expression by 60%. The students’ physical capabilities, social skills, and problem-solving skills are all increased 55%. Our programs build bridges between diverse communities by teaching participants to respect and value each individual despite differences in culture and tradition by 100%. The students’ academic competence, multi-cultural awareness, and appreciation of the arts are enhanced by 60%. Our Amor Para Mi and English as a Second Language programs help transplanted families make the transition from their home origin and tradition to a new environment by 50%. Jardin VERDE, raises awareness of environmental and global heritage by 60%.The Dance as Therapy component has reported 35% to 40% improvement in overall academic grades.
From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the polished elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture. The Latin Ballet combines technical excellence with a soulful depth of emotion and an unwavering commitment to education, diversity and accessibility.
All services are appropriate and/or adaptable for a variety of audiences. Touring assistant is of extreme importance to the Latin Ballet of Virginia because it makes it possible for us to take our educational services and our performances to underserved and diverse audiences who otherwise would not have access to our multicultural productions and workshops.
The main challenge for the Latin Ballet is affording the rental costs, paying $91,000 per year. With the economic decline, we have maintained the same amount of students, however a major shift occurred where more students needed a scholarship in order to continue studying with LBV, and we received significantly less income in the form of class fees. In 2009, LBV was forced to close one of the Chesterfield studios, and reduced space at the Glen Allen location, previously renting 3 studios, 5 days a week, to 3 studios 2 days a week, and 2 studios 2 days a week. LBV has only one office in Chesterfield and the main company rehearsals are held in the Chesterfield location. We also lack administrative support. While we place a premium on internal organization and communication, the fact remains that the LBV Artistic Director and the LBV Director of Operations do the work of 4-6 employees in a larger organization. We are overwhelmed with the excessive work but our passion for what we are doing helps us get going and maintain our mission alive. We believe that closing the Chesterfield location in June 12, and opening at Richmond Center Stage and continuing our programs as for the last 12 years at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, will help us to save in rental fees and easy our every day work. We are currently applying for grants that can support our programs at both Centers so we will be able to serve more members of our community that other wise would not have access to the arts.
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