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Story and Mission T he mission of Classical Ballet of Mobile (CBM) is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for ballet through superb training, artistic excellence, and performance opportunities. Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc. (CBM) was formed in the summer of 2017 out of a desire to ensure that the Gulf Coast would continue to enjoy outstanding, true classical ballet. Our Board is committed to pursuing our mission, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and practices expected of non-profit organizations. We were delighted when the highly respected Winthrop Corey joined us as Artistic Director in early 2018. Along with Mrs. Pamela Thompson, Academy Director, and a well- trained faculty, Mr. Corey insists on the highest artistic standards. We have attracted a substantial number of students, and welcome dancers in three divisions: the Pre-Ballet Division; Children’s Division; and the Academy Division, which also includes Broadway- style Theatre Jazz. All students participate in the Holiday and Spring performances, and Academy Division students are given further performance opportunities. In this, our third season, we are pleased to announce that through the process of a regional audition, we have formed our first Youth Performance Company. As with any non-profit organization, the need is great for both volunteers and donors. CBM has been blessed with both, but our needs, especially as we move towards increased performance opportunities, are significant. We recently presented a well-received and heavily attended Christmas performance, “Holiday Wonders,” which was comprised of Broadway Musical Jazz, a Nutcracker Suite, and Ballet set to Sacred Carols. This event has quickly become a favorite holiday tradition. Full-length ballets are in our future, beginning Saturday, March 28. Through original choreography, beautiful sets and ethereal costumes, Classical Ballet of Mobile’s Youth Performance Company and members of the student body will present Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved “The Secret Garden.” This children’s production will require considerable planning, numerous volunteers, and a significant financial commitment. CBM strongly believes in sharing our talents with the community. We have performed several years at Christmas on the Hill, Festival of Flowers, and Mother-Daughter Tea benefiting the Salvation Army. Last year we had the honor of appearing at the Junior League of Mobile’s Spring Luncheon, with Guest Speaker First Lady Laura Bush! CBM is off to an exciting and promising start. With our excellent artistic leadership, dedicated and talented faculty and students, hard-working board and volunteers, and a growing list of generous supporters, the future is bright. Winthrop Corey Artistic Director Pamela Thompson Academy Director Contact Us 251-410-4477 www.classicalballetmobile.org Park Center 4621 Spring Hill Avenue, Suite C, Mobile, Alabama 36608 P.O. Box 8124, Mobile, Alabama 36689 academy@classicalballetmobile.org @classicalballetmobile @Cl. Ballet of Mobile Instagram: @classicalballetmobile Do Some Good We need your support! Give the GIFT OF DANCE. Visit www.classicalballetmobile.org/donate-volunteer to learn more. visit www.themobilerundown.com | Text “Rundown” to 33222 9