For more than two decades, Rockingham Ballet Theatre has been inspriing hundreds of local children, teens, adults and seniors through the beauty of classical ballet. December 2019 will mark 25 years that RBT has been bringing The Nutcracker and classical story ballets such as Sleeping Bauty and Cinderella to the residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Thanks to RBT, area audiences and student dancers have reveled in the expert artistry of dancers from some of the most acclaimed ballet companies in the world, including New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Local dance students have enjoyed master classes and summer ballet intensives with current and former professional dancers every year. Many of these student dancers have gone on to have professional careers in dance themselves. All of this has been routinely accomplished on a budget of under $50,000.
One snow storm from the curtain closing forever! Do you know that The Nutcracker is the bread and butter of most dance companies, providing 30-50 % of a company's annual operating budget? With no endowment or cash reserve, many small companies like RBT are forced to shut down if Nutcracker performances are cancelled.
RBT's goal for the Great Community Give is to begin to fund an endowment that will be a foundation to build on to ensure the company's survival for decades to come and to raise critical operating funds by expanding our donor base to the community-at-large.