Florida Classical Ballet Theatre Announces “Ballet By The Book” – A community outreach program with the Palm Beach County Library System
Artistic Director, Colleen Smith, founded Florida Classical Ballet Theatre (FCBT) in 2001 to give local artists and dance students the opportunity to perform in full-length classical ballet productions. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) dance company performs four full-length productions per year including The Nutcracker, which is performed Thanksgiving weekend at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College. In addition to its full-length ballets FCBT is dedicated to enriching our local community through outreach programs. FCBT partners with other nonprofit organizations to spread the beauty of the arts, specifically the art of ballet. The dance company’s outreach program, “Ballet By The Book” is a partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System that helps promote the public library system’s campaign, “Families Reading Together”. For the past three years, FCBT has visited public libraries and shared the joy of reading and dancing with local children through this outreach program.
The purpose of the public library system’s campaign is to remind the community about the importance of encouraging children to read, as well as to inspire the love of reading. Inspiration is where Artistic Director Colleen Smith and her dance company, Florida Classical Ballet Theatre come in. Each year the library assigns a children’s book to FCBT. Smith then takes the children’s literature and gives it life by interpreting the book kinesthetically through the art of dance. When visiting the libraries, Smith reads the book to the children and then her dance company performs their interpretation of the literature through dance. Young children react to dance and movement naturally and through the physicality of dance, children grasp and internalize a story in a different way. Ballet By The Book combines literature and dance demonstrating how education and the arts are truly inseparable, and by integrating them the benefits of each can be magnified.
This year Smith will read the book “Artful Reading” by Bob Raczka to children. “Artful Reading” is about the fine art of reading. The author uses simple words along with famous artwork from all different times in history. Each piece of art shows individuals or groups of people reading. The book integrates reading and artwork, FCBT will integrate the art of dance through its interpretation of the book. In addition, Smith will talk about the art of classical ballet and a dancer’s life and training.
Tickets include a gourmet three-course lunch at $50 per adult including salad, chicken entree with potato and vegetable and dessert. Children’s tickets are $25 and include chicken fingers, mac & cheese, french fries and dessert.
RSVP by September 15 by calling 561.630.8235
Donation forms and letters can be found under Support The Ballet section of our website.
We look forward to seeing you at this fun event!
A Fundraising Event to raise money for Florida Classical Ballet Theatre’s upcoming season. FCBT is a not for profit 501(c)(3) ballet company committed to preserving the art of classical ballet, enriching our community through the beauty of ballet and impacting young lives through the discipline of dance. Ticket sales cover only a portion of our operating expenses. Producing our full-length ballets, continuing our outreach programs and providing scholarships for deserving students all require additional dollars and the support of our local community.
This special Uncorked! celebrates local arts and the community behind it! FCBT thanks those individuals and businesses that have generously donated their time, treasure or talent to help keep the art of classical ballet alive in Palm Beach county. Join us for a glass of wine, a small bite and a behind the scenes glimpse into our world of professional rehearsals. Learn how partnering with FCBT can enhance your image, increase your exposure, and grow your customers and revenue.
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm
Preview of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and
a “studio chat” with Artistic Director, Colleen Smith
Sponsored by FCBT’s Advisory Board – Melissa Basile, Sharon Domino, Vanessa Hewko, Angela Kilduff, Tina Mahoney, Nicole Norris, Dawn Rofrano, Debra Ross, Robyn Weiss, Laura Zele
This week was a very busy week for FCBT! We performed for Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale…the event? ”No Strings Attached” a special banquet and evening where the church hosts hundreds of Broward county’s homeless men, women and children. Last year when we performed at the banquet one gentleman said it was as if he was watching poetry! We also performed for the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition for an Adult Readers Banquet. All the attendees learned to read as adults and for many this is their only opportunity to see a ballet performance. Our final performance was for St. Marks School in Palm Beach Gardens. Performing some of our repertoire in schools is always a wonderful way to educate students about the art of classical ballet. It was an amazing week and we thoroughly enjoyed spreading the joy of dance throughout Palm Beach County!
Florida Classical Ballet Theatre presents Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th at 4pm. This special one hour family performance at The Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens is a gift to our community offered at a $10 ticket price affordable for everyone! Tickets can be purchased online at www.fcbt.org or by calling 561.630.8235.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is based on William Shakespeare’s entertaining story of mortals and fairies, adventures, misadventures, love and magic.
With themes of reality versus illusion, change versus constancy, the ballet displays love and all of its intricacies. It will take you to forests inhabited by King Oberon (ruler of the fairy kingdom), his queen, Titania, and the mischievous Puck. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Florida Classical Ballet Theatre will perform for the City of West Palm Beach’s event “Sunday on The Waterfront”. “Sunday on The Waterfront” is bringing Fab Tunes, A Cool Scene & Good Vibes to downtown West Palm Beach. The FREE family- friendly concert series is held year round on the 3rd Sunday of each month, and features a variety of national and regional recording artists. Located along the picturesque Flagler Drive waterfront on the Waterfront Commons, Sunday on The Waterfront provides an ideal setting for good times and great entertainment. Guests are welcome to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs, and they can purchase food and beverages at the concert. Sunday on The Waterfront is produced by the City of West Palm Beach, Division of Community Events.
Event Name: Sunday on The Waterfront
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Place: Meyer Amphitheatre, Downtown West Palm Beach
Show Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM FCBT will perform as the opening act “In The Mood” at 4:30
This is a free event sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach Community Events Division