For 20 years City of Angels Ballet has offered free ballet classes to children from underserved communities. City of Angels Ballet has worked with over 35,000 children from the Los Angeles Unified School District at no cost to the schools, the city or the children’s families. City of Angels Ballet has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, LatiNation, an Emmy nominated piece by the Los Angeles City Channel, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other local news programs. Our children have performed at the Los Angeles Music Center, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Universal Amphitheater and the Japan American Center. Additionally, the children give back to the community by performing at Children’s Hospital, at an AIDS fundraiser in Riverside, CA and at local schools, community festivals and outreach performances to invited audiences of over 6,000 other children and the elderly.
The Founder and Artistic Director of the City of Angels Ballet, Mario Nugara was trained at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. He performed with the Boston Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet and on Broadway. Mr. Nugara has a BFA and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a Fulbright Scholar in conjunction with the Royal Danish Ballet and the University of Copenhagen. He has taught in the United States and Europe on the professional, university and student level.
THE NEXT STEP:
We continue to pull talented youth from some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles and offer opportunities to the children through City of Angels Ballet's outreach programs. Children from the City of Angels Ballet School are immersed into a professional dance setting and often receive opportunities to perform alongside professional ballet dancers from the City of Angels Ballet. As these children develop an affinity for dance a door opens into a new world full of possibilities. 98% of our students at the City of Angels Ballet School are on full scholarship. The City of Angels Ballet School is the only not-for-profit ballet school in Los Angeles focused exclusively on developing and producing exceptional ballet dancers.
Some of City of Angels Ballet’s immediate goals include:
- producing a full length ballet, which would provide our students invaluable performance opportunities
- building a youth ballet
- theatre rental for upcoming performances
- obtaining new costumes
- increasing our outreach program
- hiring an executive director
- hiring a grant-writer/director of fundraising
- adding more children’s classes to the curriculum
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
In recognition of your support, certain "perks" will be made available. Everything from recognition on our highly trafficked website to a weekend trip for two to Los Angeles, CA! (includes roundtrip airfare & hotel)* Please, pledge today.
*Trip to LA Excludes Hawaii and Alaska
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
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Lastly, making your donation anonymously is also an option.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you from all of us at CAB and the children whose lives you will change for the better and give an opportunity of a lifetime!!