Oct. 5-6, 2019
MB Hometown Fair
This weekend we participated in MB annual Hometown Fair. Ballet Pacifica had a booth setup all weekend and PDC dancers performed on stage Sunday afternoon. Parent and dancer volunteers educated the community by answering questions about our SMArts program and distributing information and giveaways. The event allowed us to have a face in the community and meet others that want to help support our mission. Overall the event was a success!
Nov. 3, 2019
The Sugar Plum Gala
On Sunday, November 3rd we hosted our annual Gala at the Ayres Hotel. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for Ballet Pacifica SMArts, educate others on the program and to celebrate the success we've experienced thus far. The night was full of entertainment, food & drinks, a silent auction and wonderful company full of BP supporters and sponsors. We enjoyed spending the evening with everyone and we hope you be able to join us again next year!
Dec. 5, 2019
Nutcracker Suites Production
Today we shared a live theater performance of the Nutcracker Suites with over 1,700 second grade students across Los Angeles. We bused all of the students in to the Centinela Valley of the Arts and hosted 2 performances to accommodate all of the schools enrolled in the SMArts program. For many students this was their first live performance they had ever experienced. Young minds were blown away and excitement filled the crowd!
Dec. 12, 2019
Last week Ballet Pacifica was featured on the front page of The Beach Reporter. The Daily Breeze also ran the article. The article includes statements from the students which reflects their genuine appreciation and excitement for the program. It also highlights what sets SMArts apart from other outreach programs and how the program started. What was once a dream, soon became reality!
Dec. 19, 2019
Wrapping up the Year
Ballet Pacifica 2019 SMArts Program is wrapping up. Docents are finishing up their final lesson in the classrooms and students are writing thank you notes to our dancers after attending the Nutcracker Suites Production. We're wrapping up the year with so much to be thankful for! We've seen a significant amount of growth and success in the past two years and we honestly couldn't have done it without the help of our Sponsors, PDC Families, Docents, Board Members and the South Bay Community.
Overall, the SMArts Program was a huge success for the 2nd year in a row. This year we were able to share our program with 1,700 students
from 37 schools across Los Angeles.
On Thursday, December 5th our Ballet Pacifica company dancers performed two Nutcracker Suites productions at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts. The performances drew excitement from the young audience members as they watched the Rat King and the Nutcracker sword fight and the students faces dropped in awe during the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
We received numerous thank you letters from teachers and principals expressing their appreciation and impact the program had on their students. Over the course of the last few weeks, we had a chance to talk with some of our docents who shared success stories and their experiences in the classroom.
We couldn't have asked for a better year and look
forward for what's to come next year!