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Help us transform our new space into a first-rate ballet facility where students can grow, develop & succeed.
Help us transform our new space into a first-rate ballet facility where students can grow, develop & succeed.
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Hello Friend! Thank you for taking the time to learn about our Kickstarter project, Take RootWe are Collage dance Collective, a professional contemporary ballet company and school in Memphis, TN.  We are raising money to outfit our new ballet school. 

Collage dance Collective relocated to Memphis in 2007 and launched its school in 2009.  We began with one student in a small studio on the second floor of a Midtown church. Due to phenomenal growth and the support of community partners, we have been able to locate our own space in the Broad Avenue Arts district. Thanks to generous donors and partners, the lease is signed, the walls are up and construction is drawing to a close. However, there are several things we need before we can open our doors officially.  We are looking to raise $12,000 to secure the vital equipment and materials necessary to get classes up and running.  The total budget to fully transform our new space into a first-rate ballet training facility is $30,000.

Your donation will directly benefit our students and programs:

  • Mirrors - $3,300
  • Permanent Ballet Barres - $1,800
  • Marley Flooring - $3,200
  • Dressing Rooms Carpentry - $1,600
  • Welcome Desk - $1,000
  • Sound Systems - $1,700

Additional items needed:

  • Security System
  • Lobby Furniture
  • Office Furniture
  • Outdoor/Indoor Signage
  • Computers/Printers
  • Decor 

We are so close, but we can’t function properly without these things in place.

So, why should you help Collage dance Collective finalize its school?

  • More than 60% of Collage students receive some form of scholarship. Collage’s mission is to inspire the growth of ballet. One of the ways we do this is by providing high-quality ballet training to students, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • We are growing! Currently, Collage serves more than 250 Memphis area students through 7 ballet programs. The new studio space will allow us to serve 750 additional students.
  • We want to provide a safe space for kids. Marquice Harris, a 12-year-old student, lives in the Binghampton neighborhood where our new facility is located. Having a ballet studio in his own backyard will allow Marquice to train throughout the week and will bring him even closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
  • Collage trains more young men in ballet than any other studio in the Mid-South.
  • We have a successful track record! Collage recently launched its third season of professional performances. Since 2009, our school has grown from 1 student to 75 and our audiences have increased by 50%.

While every student will not become a professional dancer, the values learned through the hard work and self-discipline of dance will help each child succeed in school and life. Our students also develop self-confidence and self-esteem from knowing what it means to be part of a broader community that genuinely cares about them. 

Take this moment and donate to Collage dance Collective today.  The time to donate and make a difference is NOW. 

Collage dance Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your pledge not only helps us, but is also tax-deductible.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING!!!

For More Information:

Check us out: www.collagedance.org

Like Us:  www.facebook.com/#!/collagedance

Follow Us:  twitter.com/CollageMemphis

Have a question? Email marcellus@collagedance.org or call (901) 800-1873.

Risks and challenges

Collage will face several challenges, including increased operating costs and increased number of students. We have been preparing for our own space for several years by cultivating relationships with community partners, building our board of directors, gaining the support and trust of our community and strengthening our operational practices. We are confident that we are prepared to overcome each new challenge we encounter.

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