Getting to the Lisner

The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC needs to raise $75,000 to produce our 2013 Spring Performance Series at the Lisner Auditorium.
Tamika Felder
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
3 Team Members

Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC is at a crossroads.

Although we are known around the world for producing professional-level ballet dancers, many people in our own backyard are unaware of the Kirov Academy of Ballet. By Getting to the Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University's 1,500 seat world-class venue, we will increase awareness of the school in the Washington, DC community so that we can secure coveted funding from individual donors, build an endowment and reaffirm our spot as one of the top classical ballet academies in the world, for generations to come.

Getting to the Lisner is make or break for our school. After having produced a major performance off campus only one other time, we are now attempting to do something that has never been done in the 23-year history of the school—mount a second consecutive major production off campus at a main stage venue, instead of holding it on campus as we usually do. We are planning to present our 2013 Spring Performance Series at the Lisner Auditorium - featuring La Sylphide Act II and George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, May 23-25, 2013.  If we are successful, we know that the heightened local awareness will help solidify the school's reputation and attract the types of funders who can help us grow. Because, honestly, we are a leading ballet academy with student dancers who can perform on par with those at professional companies.

But this move to the Lisner and the enhanced visibility that it will bring us requires an investment—a bigger investment than we've ever made before for a single production. Bottom line: we need $75,000 to make these performances a reality. 

Production costs can add up quickly. For example, we need $30,000 to secure the venue, $5,000 to pay the guest choreographer, $20,000 for scenery and costumes, and $20,000 for media buys and printing to promote the show. 

Your support will help us pull it off.

In return you'll experience some awesome perks including:

  • Roundtrip airfare for 2 to St. Petersburg, Russia to visit the famed Mariinsky Theatre
  • a 3 Night Stay in Washington, DC at the luxurious Dupont Circle Hotel
  • VIP tickets to our performances
  • Exclusive KAB gear, and much more… 

If we are successfully able to produce this spring performance series, we KNOW that we will significantly enhance the school's credibility and visibility, and signal that we have truly arrived on the scene.

Your contribution is a vote of support that we need to move to bigger venues, woo larger audiences, and create the groundswell of support required to help our academy continue to thrive. 

We would value your contribution - no matter how small! And in addition to donating money to the campaign, you can help us in the following ways:

  • Share our campaign with your friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Send an email to friends who you think would support our cause
  • Tell people about our amazing school and students

Thank you for your support!

*The “Getting to the Lisner” campaign will run through June 4, 2013.

*All donations will be acknowledged with a thank-you letter, which will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC is a nonprofit organization and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our federal tax number is 54-1424487. Your very generous contribution to our “Getting to the Lisner” campaign is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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  • $10USD
    Official KAB Supporter

    Special recognition on KAB's website and in our eNewsletter as a supporter of the Getting to the Lisner campaign

    4 out of 5000 claimed
  • $25USD

    Relive the performance as many times as you wish when you receive a DVD recording of the Saturday, May 25 performance from the Lisner Performance Series

    15 out of 1000 claimed
  • $50USD
    Original Photography Postcards

    Contributors at the $50 level will receive a DVD of the entire Lisner performance and a set of exclusive KAB postcards featuring original photography from past KAB performance programs.

    6 out of 500 claimed
  • $100USD
    Kirov Memorabilia Package

    Show your support at this level and you will receive the entire DVD set, postcard set, a Kirov Academy of Ballet T-shirt and a listing on our web site for one year.

    18 out of 500 claimed
  • $300USD
    Performance Tickets

    Enjoy preferred seating for La Sylphide at the Lisner Auditorium. $300 donors will get all of the above plus 2 tickets to the La Sylphide performance.

    3 out of 25 claimed
  • $500USD
    La Sylphide VIP Reception

    All of the above plus special VIP tickets to the closing night Dress Circle Reception– a special in theater cocktail party where you can mix and mingle with the dancers and artistic leadership.

    2 out of 50 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Dinner for Two

    Dinner and a show anyone? Before the performance, surprise someone special with dinner for two at Mari Vanna - Washington's premier traditional Russian cuisine experience.

    2 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    3-Night Stay in DC

    Enjoy a 3-night stay at the modern and luxurious Dupont Circle Hotel when you make a $5000 pledge of support. Donors at this level will also receive dinner for 2 at Mari Vanna, two tickets to the La Sylphide performance, a Kirov Academy tote bag, t-shirt, postcard set and DVD recording of the full Lisner performance series.

    1 out of 3 claimed

    Once in a Lifetime Experience

    All of the above, plus 2 round trip tickets to St. Petersburg, Russia on Aeroflot Russian Airlines. While in St. Petersburg, KAB will arrange a tour of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and tickets to see a performance by the Mariinsky Ballet.

    2 out of 2 claimed
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