A Ballet for Raffaella

Morris Performing Arts Center
June 28-30, 2024
South Bend Indiana

What can we do to honor our darling princess Raffaella Maria Stroik? She was in love with people, with God and with ballet. In this video she shares her belief that ballet is a way to share love and joy . Raffaella was living her dream, dancing with the St. Louis Ballet and making many friends, when her life was tragically cut short November 14, 2018. She was only 23 years old. 

In Raffaella's memory, we are commissioning an original ballet that might tell her story . Inspired by the masterpieces of Tchaikovsky and others as well as the choreography of Petipa et al the ballet is a fairytale for all ages. It seeks to embody Raffaella's motto "Beauty will save the world."

The funds are needed for:
Hiring a noted composer
Hiring a noted choreographer
Constructing the ballet sets
Creating quality costumes
Promoting the ballet 

Raffaella's father, Duncan Stroik, who will be designing the sets and acting as the producer, is being advised in this endeavor by nationally known dancers and musicians. With major funding we will begin to hire the composer and choreographer. Grazie and thank you for helping make "Raffaella" the ballet, a true work of art.

Donations to the ballet are tax deductible. The Raffaella Ballet , Inc. is a public charity with tax exempt status under section 501 c 3 of the IRS. Effective Nov. 27, 2019.

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Duncan Stroik
South Bend, IN

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