Alberta Ballet and the 'Our 50 Community'

Alberta Ballet's 'Our 50 Community' is a new way of connecting Albertans with the legacy of Alberta Ballet and with a vision for performances to come. This special 50th anniversary fundraiser will create a community of supporters to launch the next 50 years of Alberta Ballet!

Organizer: Debbie Nordstrom

Type Of Group: Culture & Arts


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The Group's Purpose

Alberta Ballet was a vision and dream of two women as childhood friends in Edmonton. Ruth Carse and Muriel Taylor learned ballet together as teenagers and left the province to dance professionally.

But they believed that this art - born in the courts of France - truly had a place in the prairies of Alberta. They would return to Edmonton to open a dance school. The school's success and reputation for exceptional performance prompted the founding of Alberta Ballet in 1966.

Today, Alberta Ballet's vision is the same one held by its co-founders when they were first teaching ballet classes on Edmonton's Jasper Avenue:
- to give Alberta the same professional ballet events seen in world class cities.
- to give ballet students a professional dance company to showcase their talents a just reward for the hours spent perfecting the craft.

Over the years, Alberta Ballet received international acclaim for its innovative productions, most recently for its signature "Pop Ballet" series, collaborations with contemporary music icons. The newest pop ballet will be a sweeping Canadian oeuvre, inspired by the music of Canadian poet an singer, Gordon Lightfoot. The production will resonate with audiences from coast to coast to coast, a grand finale for Alberta Ballet's 50th anniversary season!

The Our 50 Community is about connecting Albertans with both the legacy of Alberta Ballet and with a vision for the innovative art to come.

This special milestone community in the Alberta Ballet family will launch Alberta Ballet into the next 50 years of critical acclaim!

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How to Help

1. Donate $50 to join Alberta Ballet's Our 50 Community. Then share with friends and family why you felt it was important to be part of this grassroots community support for Alberta Ballet!

2. Support Alberta Ballet's future by contributing to our other campaigns. Alberta Ballet is planning for a bright future with new innovative art and a strong talented dance company. When you direct donations to Dancer Development or to Creative Investments, you help us reach that future.

3. Gather friends and family and plan to attend an upcoming Alberta Ballet performance in our 50th season. We have special rate packages for groups of 10 or more! www.albertaballet50.com

About the Organizers

Jean Grand-Maitre has been the artistic director for Alberta Ballet since 2002. He introduced the signature 'Pop Ballets' to Alberta Ballet, collaborations with musical icons such as Joni Mitchell and Elton John. His newest pop ballet, a collaboration with Gordon Lightfoot, will premier at the close of Alberta Ballet's 50th anniversary season!

Steven Aucoin
Steven recently joined Alberta Ballet as the Director, Business Development. He’s looking forward to applying his 15 years experience in client relations to strengthening Alberta Ballet's connections to its valued stakeholder groups.