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Proceeds from the Gala will fund performances as well as the following City Ballet’s Educational Programs and help ensure that we continue to teach and present ballet to over 10,000 local children:

Discover a Dancer program which provides free year-round ballet instruction for disadvantaged children and youth at risk.  This program offers a creative alternative to violence, gang association, substance abuse and leaving school early for low income children.

Ballet Goes to School program offers a complete ballet education package for school children, including in-theater performances with teacher lead instruction packages that are fun and informative and include in-school assemblies giving children a special, close-up look into the world of ballet.  Our current program of “The Ugly Duckling” offers an anti-bullying theme.

Outreach Programs are specially designed to make ballet accessible to everyone in San Diego County with free and low-cost concerts and performances throughout the county.  The City Ballet’s Junior Corps volunteers its services by performing in art festivals throughout the year, exposing more children and adults to ballet.

Summer Intensive is a 3-week summer program that offers dedicated, career-minded ballet students the opportunity to study with some of the finest ballet instructors assembled on the West Coast.  Guest artists for summer 2017 include: Stella Abrera (principle dancer wtih American Ballet Theatre), Ashley Bouder (principal dancer with New York City Ballet) and Jonathan Stafford (former principal dancer with New York City Ballet).  The Sally B. Thornton Scholarship helps to fund scholarships for deserving Summer Intensive students who otherwise could not participate due to financial hardship.

For a look at our 2016 Gala, celebrity guest Lesley Ann Warren, and our evening at the Hotel del, visit our Gala Gallery.

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