· is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, founded in December of 1990.
· is a professional ballet company with an affiliated academy.
· has a youth ensemble which is a student performing group, established 2008. This ensemble experiences the historical traditional ballets as well as new, contemporary pieces.
· is a member of Dance USA, a national association whose approval facilitates the process in hiring foreign dancers.
· is committed to serving the community in numerous ways, including, but not limited to:
Kids First; This is our Arts in Education program which brings classical and contemporary ballet into the school system, enriching children in ballet through lectures, demonstrations, and student participation. This program is offered locally and nationwide.
Forget-Me-Nots; This program brings the art of ballet to shut-ins, the mentally and physically challenged, and seniors in retirement and nursing homes.
Old Glory; This is our newest community outreach program which is intended to provide tickets to veterans and their immediate families. It is our way of supporting those who dedicate their lives to our great nation.
· is the longest uninterrupted professional ballet employer in Illinois. The average size of the professional company is 10 dancers, though it has been as large as 18 members.
· has had two PBS-Television specials on our original choreography- “Arbeit Macht Frei” (a work-in-progress) ; “Slide Me Some Skin” (a rag time blues phrase).
· has toured the United States, performing in almost all 50 states.
· has had numerous company members who have represented their countries in various world ballet competitions, becoming finalists and medal winners. One of our own has represented the United States in Russia, Bulgaria, and South Africa.
· has been responsible for enhancing the quality of training in Central Illinois. This is evident by the fact that dancers who were brought to Central Illinois to dance with the USA Ballet have stayed in the area once their performing careers have transitioned to teachers or directors. Cities directly affected: Bloomington, Peoria, Champaign/Urbana
· has had the music to three original ballets composed for and dedicated specifically to them.
· was commissioned by Tulsa University to choreograph a full length ballet to the original story line and composition.