Ballet Kelowna moves forward

The professional ballet company’s 2013-14 season goes ahead thanks to support from the community.

Ballet Kelowna has announced that its 2013-14 season will open with The Nutcracker in Kelowna on Dec. 6, 7 and 8, 2013, followed by a B.C. tour of a dozen communities.

The professional ballet company’s season will close with performances in Kelowna in April 2014.

This 19-week season allows the troupe valuable time to continue building a sustainable future.

The new board of directors of the Kelowna Ballet Society are Deborah Ward, Joan Wilson, Carley Bailey, Lori Larson, Daniel Spelliscy and James Stewart, all active members of the arts community.

The directors are focusing on strategic planning, which includes, among other things, a major fundraising campaign to keep Ballet Kelowna as a vital member of Kelowna’s cultural plan.

The 2013-14 season will honour the legacy of Ballet Kelowna’s founding artistic director, David LaHay, who will retire at the end of the season. In its search for a new artistic director, Ballet Kelowna will seek to complement the exceptional work that has been created by LaHay during the past 10 years.

Moving forward has been made possible by the overwhelming response of the public.

The support of the membership of Ballet Kelowna has now tripled with  the support of the City of Kelowna and other government agencies as well as the success of the benefit gala Dancing with Friends and the recent Flower Power: Cool Digs & Groovy Gardens fundraiser. Members of the community have also stepped forward with five-year pledges to the Future Fund.

For information about the company, visit Ballet Kelowna’s website

More information will be forthcoming at the beginning of September as the company launches its subscription series.