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Giving Tuesday

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Alberta Ballet and Alberta Ballet School would like to give thanks to our community of supporters for their ongoing generosity. Your donation of time and money help make our programming possible - from helping train the next generation of Alberta Ballet dancers to presenting new, exciting live dance to thousands of Albertan’s. We wouldn’t be able to achieve our mandate without you.

Alberta Ballet School student Maesie Kostynuik dreams of becoming a professional dancer and she’s well on her way. Those dreams were fueled this fall after the 16-year-old danced in the world premiere of Alberta Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. Those are opportunities this teen is grateful for every day.

“I’ve always loved to perform, but when I found dance, I found my passion and everything clicked,” Maesie said.

For the last four years, Maesie who’s now in Grade 11, has attended Alberta Ballet School’s professional division training program thanks to generous contributions from our donors. Her tuition is paid for through scholarships.

“Without the scholarships, my education wouldn’t be possible,” she said.

Donations also help fund a number other initiatives like the Dancer Development Fund, which enables our professional company dancers to continue their education, and the Barbara Palmer Fund for New Works, which pays for the creation of Alberta Ballet productions like The Sleeping Beauty and last season’s All of Us and Cinderella.

Even the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, has benefited from community contributions.

Ten years ago there was a large community of people who recognized the importance of The Nutcracker who banded together to help revitalize this masterpiece. Together they raised $1.5M. If we were to recreate The Nutcracker today, it would cost more than $2M.

Here’s a peek behind the curtain of The Nutcracker:

  • There are 329 handmade performance costumes in The Nutcracker

  • A single tutu takes 60-90 hours of labour, has 100 yards of tulle/ruffle and costs about $3,500 each. There are over 50 tutus in The Nutcracker alone!

  • Every season, about $500 is spent on rhinestones to replace the ones that fall off during performances. There are 6,000 Swarovski crystals rhinestones on the costumes and all of them are glued on by hand.

  • It takes up to 1,400 hours to maintain, repair, rebuild and fit the costumes every year.

The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballet’s in the world and is performed by more than 400 dance companies each year. It is an important ballet to help sustain professional dance companies and Alberta Ballet is no exception.

This Giving Tuesday, we want to say thank you to our donors, for your time and financial support of Alberta Ballet. When our dancers take their final bow on stage at each of our performances, whether it be a new work like The Sleeping Beauty or a cherished classic like The Nutcracker, please imagine yourself bowing with them, as these productions and everything that goes on behind the scenes would not be possible without you.