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Help the Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet present it's first original children's ballet!

Pittsburgh, PA Dance
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The Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet was founded in February of 2012. The philosophy of WPYB is that students are dancers in the making. Our goal is to develop technical proficiency at a professional level while creating future artists with a sound work ethic who possess the characteristic traits of courtesy, forgiveness, self-control, self-discipline, responsibility, diligence,courage, generosity, and magnanimity. While a lot of this can be accomplished in the classroom; performance experience is a crucial part of a dancers training.

We are hoping, with your support, to present Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's first original children's ballet in the spring of 2013. The ballet, a medley of children's stories and nursery rhymes, was created specifically to encourage artistic growth while complementing the technical aspects of our student's training and to inspire the youth in our community to appreciate the joys of ballet and theater. The ballet-- appropriately named "Childhood Stories"-- will be fully narrated by the character of a father who is reading to his children before bed. The children will be read Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, Little Bunny Foo Foo, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. After each nursery rhyme, as the children shut their eyes, the characters will come to life as vivid figments of the children's imagination to reenact the story through ballet. This performance will give our younger students, who will play the children, the opportunity to learn the art of ballet pantomime and will give our older students the opportunity to display they're ballet technique and to fully develop a character.

Your donations will go towards the expenses of making costumes, building sets, painting a backdrop, and renting a theater to house the performance. Last but not least, your donations will give our students the opportunity to gain the performance experience that will form a fundamental building block in their training as a dancer. With your support we hope to transform the stage into a storybook dreamland that will enchant the young and the young at heart.

Any money that we receive above and beyond our goal will be used to better the performance and promote our promote our community outreach program!

Risks and challenges

Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet believes firmly that ballet should be accessible to anyone who wishes to learn. We offer an extremely low tuition rate and encourage the students to take as many classes as possible. We offer scholarships to students whose parents are struggling financially and could not possibly turn any child away for simply not being able to afford tuition. While this generosity is something that WPYB prides itself on, it leaves us with little funds left over for the budget to put on a performance. On top of funding there are many additional risks and challenges that come with putting on any performance. Some of our concerns are finding a theater to house the performance, making costumes, building a set, painting a backdrop, and having enough rehearsal time to properly prepare our students. All of these things, although challenging, are somewhat within our control. While I expect to have difficulties along the way in preparing for the performance, ultimately-- with a little perseverance-- I know that we'll be able to make these things happen. This brings me to our biggest concern, one that is not completely within our control; filling a theater with an audience. Even after our project is funded, and even after it's completely finished and ready for stage, we still have to worry about selling enough tickets to make it all worth while. There is nothing worse for a performer(or choreographer) than for their work to be seen by no one. This is a challenge for anyone putting on a performance but will be especially difficult for WPYB at this point in time because our school is so new. A lot of people in the community don't realize the level of training that our students are receiving and in turn do not realize the level of performance that they are capable of giving. This is why it's so important for us to reach as many people as possible with this show. It's an opportunity to make the school known within our community.

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    You will receive an original ballet greeting card hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella. All donors will be mentioned in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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    You will receive a set of two original ballet greeting cards hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella. All donors will be mentioned in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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    You will receive a set of five original ballet greeting cards hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella and a personal thank you letter from a WPYB student. All donors will be mentioned in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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    You will receive a set of five original ballet greeting cards hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella, a personal thank you letter from a WPYB student, and two tickets to our "Childhood Stories" performance. Your name will be mentioned as a "Corps Donor" in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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    You will receive a set of five original ballet greeting cards hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella, a personal thank you letter from a WPYB student, and four tickets to our "Childhood Stories" performance. You'll also get the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal and get a sneak peak of the inner workings of a ballet school. Your name will be mentioned as a "Soloist Donor" in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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    You will receive a set of three original ballet greeting cards hand drawn by Artistic Director Michael T. Villella, a personal thank you letter from a WPYB student, and six tickets to our "Childhood Stories" performance. You'll also get the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal and get a sneak peak of the inner workings of a ballet school. Your name will be mentioned as a "Principle Donor" in the program book at Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's performances.

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