From NBT Artistic Director Roy Kaiser
Friends of NBT,
I hope today finds you well and safe as we all continue to navigate and adapt to the changes around us. I’m delighted to be able to connect with you once again.
You’ve probably noticed a new tag line appearing on some of our recent materials, a lively invitation to Dance On with NBT. And while that sounds like a completely appropriate thing to do with a ballet company, what does it actually mean?
Dance On with NBT is a new paradigm being embraced by everyone at NBT as we make our way through these challenging times. While we know in our hearts this quiet period for us is only temporary, we also know that our survival and prosperity rely heavily upon our ability to find partners as determined as we are to ensure NBT emerges from this current crisis with renewed strength and passion.
And that’s where you come in. We can’t think of a better partner for this dance than you – our fans, our supporters, our cheerleaders. You are the reason everyone at NBT works as hard as they do each and every day. And there’s no one we’d rather lock arms with to Dance On towards tomorrow.
As you Dance On with NBT we will humbly ask you for help with the most pressing need currently facing us: financial support. Maintaining a world-class arts organization is an expensive and extraordinary challenge in normal times, let alone our current world. Projections show NBT will suffer a $2.6 million loss of revenue in the wake of the pandemic. That impact is staggering, but we know we are resilient, particularly with partners like you at our side.
With your support, our Company Artists will return to the rehearsal studio and the stage as soon as we’re able to safely do so. And as we prepare to resume classes in our affiliated Academy with limited sessions both in person and virtually, your support will keep students safe by helping us cover the increased costs of reopening our building. With your assistance, we can also continue to provide opportunities to thousands of Clark County students through our life-changing Education and Outreach programs. At a time when their education is more precarious than ever before, your contribution has never been more meaningful.
While we work together diligently to build our future, we will be sharing with you some new and innovative ways to enjoy our art form. If you haven’t already, please visit our new NBT@Home page filled with content from NBT’s past and present, available for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Plus, in the coming weeks we will be announcing new initiatives that will take you inside the world of NBT in entertaining and distinctive ways.
But for now, we invite you to Dance On with NBT and help ensure our ability to work tirelessly for you, to make Las Vegas a more joyful place to live, grow and prosper.
Serenade choreography by George Balanchine. ©The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Virginia Trudeau.