Covenant Ballet Theater Looking For Funds To Recover From Sandy

Dance scholarship recipient, Mikhail Calliste, and CBTB Artistic Director, Marla Hirokawa. (Photo courtesy of Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Inc., 2010)

The Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn, a non-profit dance academy, needs your help. Needing $19,000 to restore its facilities to pre-Sandy conditions secure a new space, CBT has started a “Fund Anything” donation campaign to raise the money. Here is a description of the problems facing CBT from founder Marla Hirokawa:

Loss of vital funding and the ancillary effects of Hurricane Sandy have brought CBT to a financial crisis. The company has to give up its 3500 sq ft home on 2085 Coney Island Avenue and vacate by May 31st, a month short of our normal program end date. CBT Dance Academy is a small school with a big heart that has been spreading the love of dance in south Brooklyn where artistic, cultural offerings and activities are few. Without a home, CBT cannot continue reaching its diverse and multi-cultural population nor continue in its quest to break the negative male stereotypes in ballet with a tuition-free Boys Program (taught by male instructors). CBT has raised professional dancers. It has created historic ballets that have honored real heroes. It has been a safe and warm place where the pre-professional and recreational student can meet and train. It is a place where the young novice can dance alongside professional dancers in artistically meaningful productions. It is a dancing family to youths, adults and professional dancers. CBT cannot continue without a home.

If you would like to donate to the CBT and keep this proud institution afloat, click here. Based on how much you donate, you could receive gifts including mugs, t-shirts, DVDs and concert tickets. To date, they have already raised over $4,000 and have 84 days left to reach their goal.

Correction (5/17/2013 @ 12:00 p.m.): This article originally indicated that the funding was to restore the group’s space after taking damage from Sandy. That was inaccurate. The funding is to secure a new space altogether, after they are being forced to move due to Sandy-related funding shortfalls.

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