Ten dancers from the Mendocino Ballet “Art of Classical Ballet” program have the opportunity to travel to France this summer for a Cultural Exchange experience! Students will visit Paris first to see the historical sights and enjoy an evening at a performance of the Paris Opera Ballet. Then they will travel to southern France to join in classes and learn choreography which will culminate in a performance in the 600-seat theater in Nerac. Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor has been working with Helene Darroman, the director of L’Ecole de Danse at L’Espace d’Albret, since 2004. The two have put together a special program to engage students in a comprehensive artistic endeavor between the two dance schools. Mendocino Ballet has hosted dancers from the French dance company while Mendocino Ballet students have traveled to France. Dancers have only ten days of training together to create one full-length performance for the local community!
Each of the ten Mendocino Ballet Company students will need to raise about $2200 for the trip. They are raising funds through various efforts and sponsorships. Most of these students have never traveled outside of the country and are excited to stay with French families as part of their cultural exchange. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students and life-long friendships are formed by being immersed with the French families.
We are seeking donations from our community, families and friends to help these dancers realize their dreams. Donations are tax-deductible as determined by law. You can make a donation by clicking the button below, or by mailing your donation to Mendocino Ballet, 205 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482.
Thank you so much for your support of these very special students! Partnerships between the arts and our community enrich and benefit each one of us!