Rochester City Ballet Inc., established in 1987 by its founding artistic director, Timothy Draper, has developed a reputation for its versatility and singular repertoire, which includes award-winning contemporary ballets and masterworks.
The company performs at the Nazareth College Arts Center and Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. In July 2010, Rochester City Ballet presented its first New York City season. In July 2013, it was selected to perform in the Inside/Out performance series at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.
David Palmer recently joined Rochester City Ballet as its artistic director.
Jamey Leverett served as artistic director when the company offered its first professional contract in 2003. During her tenure, she choreographed more than 20 new works. Leverett announced in the spring 2015 she would step down to focus on choreography and training students in her role as artistic director of RCB’s partner school, the Timothy Draper Center for Dance Education. The board launched a national search, and Palmer joined the company last November.
Since retiring as a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and The Joffrey, Palmer has created more than 40 ballets for companies, including San Francisco, The Australian Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Miami City Ballet and others.
RCB is committed to enriching the quality of life in the greater Rochester community. In May 2015, it held its first sensory-friendly performance for children on the autism spectrum, “Peter and the Wolf.” In February, RCB presented “The Ugly Duckling,” its second sensory-friendly performance. More than 1,500 RCSD students attended the school performances of “The Ugly Duckling,” and 700 people attended the sensory-friendly show for families with children with complex social and medical needs.
For years, the company has performed for the entire second grade of the Rochester City School District, as well as taking dance into schools through interactive performances and creative problem-solving workshops. RCB donates thousands of tickets to underserved youth.
Performed in collaboration with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra each year, RCB’s “The Nutcracker” reaches out to the local amateur dance community to involve the participation of 175 children in the entire rehearsal and performance cycle.
RCB’s In Studio Series has exposed community members to an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and an opportunity to experience dance at a very low cost.
Nichole Gantshar is executive director of RCB, which is located at 1326 University Ave. There are eight paid employees. The website is www.rochestercityballet.org.
Financial record Year ended Aug. 31, 2015
Contributions, gifts, grants $447,891 61
Performance revenue 200,445 28
Net rental income 111,607 15
Net income from sale of inventory 1,080 less than 1
Investment income 59 less than 1
Loss from fundraising events (36,262) (5)
Other revenue 4,897 1
Total revenue $729,717
Salaries and wages $322,562 41
Occupancy 112,725 14
Fees for services 104,186 13
Depreciation 58,567 7
Insurance 35,258 5
Other employee expenses 24,153 3
Payroll taxes 22,717 3
Production expense 20,867 3
Repairs and maintenance 18,266 2
Other 68,280 9
Total expenses $787,581
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses: ($57,864)
Board of directors
Lisa Santelli, chairwoman
Jim Hansen, vice chairman
Katherine Rogala, treasurer
James Bourdeau, secretary
Elaine DelMonte, chairwoman ex-officio
Terry Kelley Jr.
John Klibanoff M.D.
Howard Schenker M.D.
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