Dear Dance Enthusiast_______________________,
The Iowa Youth Ballet (IYB) was created as a non-profit dance company in 2001. Based in Ames, Iowa, IYB provides aspiring young dancers an opportunity to further their studies and work in a professional-like environment. IYB offers an ever-changing array of classical and contemporary ballets, as well as character dance.
Every year our dancers, together with numerous other dancers from our central Iowa community, participate in the Iowa State Center’s “Nutcracker Ballet” at Stephens Auditorium. This ballet was scheduled for its 40th annual performance in December of this year. Sadly, due to COVID-19 in our community, the ballet was canceled amid concerns that Stephens Auditorium would have to close.
This decision has impacted hundreds of children that traditionally participate in this event. We, at IYB, have decided to put on “Sugarplum Celebration”, a holiday event to replace “Nutcracker” for this year.
We are delighted to inform you that Stephens is open, with limited seating due to COVID-19, and we will be able to stage “Sugarplum Celebration” at Stephens. While we are giving our best efforts, we still need help from individuals and companies to meet the financial goals necessary to mount this production, provide an event for the children, and support our “home”, Stephens Auditorium.
COVID-19 precautions require smaller dance pieces, fewer dancers, and limited ticket sales. We plan to offer livestreaming of the performances for those that wish to watch the performances but are not able to attend. We have approximately 85 dancers in rehearsal now, down from the 300 that are normally involved in “Nutcracker”.
The lower number is the maximum we are able to stage safely with the current COVID-19 guidelines. Selections were made through audition and user fees have been collected; however, we require an additional $5,000 to meet our goal for this production.
Your help is crucial to our immediate needs and to our longstanding efforts to support Stephens and increase the arts scenery of Ames, Iowa. A portion of any funds raised above our goal of $5,000 will be donated to the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium Fund.
- Olena Watanabe
- Diane McCarthy
- Leisa Doran
- Dana and Donna Doran
- Rachel Haynes
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