Columbia Classical Ballet Fund
$22,955 of $100,000 goal
On the morning of Sunday, October 4th, Columbia woke up to the news of a tremendous flood in the city. Lives were lost, homes and businesses destroyed, and among those businesses was Columbia Classical Ballet's home, the Pavlovich Dance School. Radenko Pavlovich is the Artistic Director of the Company and the owner of the dance school.
There is a long road ahead for our city and state, and for the Columbia Classical Ballet Company. They are a company of 32 dancers from all over the world who have come to Columbia to train and share their love of ballet with the community. Each year the company performs for thousands of students to help educate them about the art form. The company has developed some of the best dancers performing in the ballet community today, including Brooklyn Mack, who currently dances with the Washington Ballet.
This past summer the school underwent extensive renovations to update and modernize the dance space. Everyone involved with the school was excited about the updates and the Company were enjoying dancing in their new space. The new renovations cost approximately $260,000.
The school is a total loss. There was at least 8 feet of water at the peak of the floods covering the building. They will need to rebuild, and many people are asking to help. There is some flood coverage, but Radenko is being told it will not cover all of the cost it will take to rebuild. They are still assessing the total cost, but we do know that it is going to take at least $100,000 to get started on the road to rebuilding.
We are a strong community. We will rebuild the school, our community, and dance again, but we will need some help to do so. Thank you all for your support.
October was certainly a challenging month for us, and for the state of South Carolina. It was a difficult few weeks, but we've seen so much love and good will come our way since the flood waters receded. We lost our dance studio, but we did not lose our spirit. The community has rallied around us and we are dancing forward because of it. We did have to reschedule our first performance in Columbia, but we were able to go to West Virginia and perform the weekend of October 23 with the Charleston Ballet Company. Our dancers, and artistic director, Radenko Pavlovich, were very happy to be be able to perform.
We are now back in Columbia and have moved into a temporary dance space at Richland Fashion Mall while we work to rebuild our studio. We are thankful for our good friend Anita Ashley and the Columbia Ballet School for allowing us to use their studio space right after the flood. We had so many good friends and strangers reach out to us and offer support and we are thankful for each and every person who has helped us in our time of need.
Also, we want to make sure to thank our friend, Anita Ashley at the Columbia Ballet School, they have kept us going by allowing us to use their space. We are all very appreciative to have the chance to continue to dance right now, because we all know there is no better therapy than dance. Anita, thank you. Thank you so very much.
He went to the hospital and was admitted. Tests showed he had suffered a heart attack. We believe he will be okay, and is likely in surgery right this moment having a heart cath put in.
For all of you who know Radenko, you know he is determined to be out of the hospital as soon as possible and back with his dancers. It has been a rough week for him and the dancers, please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.