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Dear Friends

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s a story at the heart of Central West Ballet. It’s a story about one of our own dancers and the transformative power of ballet:

With a little bit of tap and jazz behind him and thinking about a career in musical theater, Mitchell Welsh was 13 when he auditioned for MPA’s production of Billy Elliot, a play about following dreams, a play about a young man’s desire to dance rather than work in the coal mines like his father. Mitchell landed the role of Billy without ever having seen a ballet; to play the character, he began classes at CWB six days a week. He loved it and decided to dance with us even before the production run was over. He has moved through the ranks of CWB2, CWB Trainee and Company Artist in four short years. He sees ballet as a combination of sport and art; although it is the hardest thing he has ever done, he loves performing as well as the discipline, challenge and ability to express himself through ballet. His talents and growth at CWB have been noticed: in 2019 Mitchell was chosen for a Summer Intensive Program at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and has been selected to attend San Francisco Ballet’s Intensive Program this summer! He is our very own Billy Elliot; Mitchell’s transformative experience with Central West Ballet has led him to follow a new dream, the dream of becoming a professional dancer.

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Dear Friends

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s a story at the heart of Central West Ballet. It’s a story about one of our own dancers and the transformative power of ballet:

With a little bit of tap and jazz behind him and thinking about a career in musical theater, Mitchell Welch was 13 when he auditioned for MPA’s production of Billy Elliot, a play about following dreams, a play about a young man’s desire to dance rather than work in the coal mines like his father. Mitchell landed the role of Billy without ever having seen a ballet; to play the character, he began classes at CWB six days a week. He loved it and decided to dance with us even before the production run was over. He has moved through the ranks of CWB2, CWB Trainee and Company Artist in four short years. He sees ballet as a combination of sport and art; although it is the hardest thing he has ever done, he loves performing as well as the discipline, challenge and ability to express himself through ballet. His talents and growth at CWB have been noticed: in 2019 Mitchell was chosen for a Summer Intensive Program at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and has been selected to attend San Francisco Ballet’s Intensive Program this summer! He is our very own Billy Elliot; Mitchell’s transformative experience with Central West Ballet has led him to follow a new dream, the dream of becoming a professional dancer.

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Dear Friends

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s a story at the heart of Central West Ballet. It’s a story about one of our own dancers and the transformative power of ballet:

With a little bit of tap and jazz behind him and thinking about a career in musical theater, Mitchell Welsh was 13 when he auditioned for MPA’s production of Billy Elliot, a play about following dreams, a play about a young man’s desire to dance rather than work in the coal mines like his father. Mitchell landed the role of Billy without ever having seen a ballet; to play the character, he began classes at CWB six days a week. He loved it and decided to dance with us even before the production run was over. He has moved through the ranks of CWB2, CWB Trainee and Company Artist in four short years. He sees ballet as a combination of sport and art; although it is the hardest thing he has ever done, he loves performing as well as the discipline, challenge and ability to express himself through ballet. His talents and growth at CWB have been noticed: in 2019 Mitchell was chosen for a Summer Intensive Program at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and has been selected to attend San Francisco Ballet’s Intensive Program this summer! He is our very own Billy Elliot; Mitchell’s transformative experience with Central West Ballet has led him to follow a new dream, the dream of becoming a professional dancer.

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written, the lives not transformed.

Despite those setbacks, we are rising from the ashes of our devastating losses with renewed creativity and sense of purpose for our upcoming 2020/2021 season. We are excited to slowly bring back our Academy, offering studio classes and simultaneous Zoom options. We are excited to reimagine our large rehearsal space, the Liz and Royal Robbins Studio, into a performance venue bringing you intimate and socially distanced productions and events. We are excited to present our new CWB Channel showcasing an all new CWB digital experience.

We are incredibly grateful for the heartfelt support of our community and are pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign, The Phoenix Fund, to invest in our future. In this new normal, your donation to our Phoenix Fund will allow us to provide transformative experiences for our students, dancers and audience in new and innovative ways. Please donate to The Phoenix Fund by clicking our donate button at the top of our website.

Thank you for supporting Central West Ballet.

Thank you for joining in the dance.

See you at the ballet.

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Karin Reenstierna
Executive Director

CENTRAL WEST BALLET

5039 Pentecost Drive
Modesto, CA 95356

Ph: (209) 576-8957
Fx: (209) 576-1308

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