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News Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Logan McSwain, communications manager
704.372.0101 x2765
lmcswain@ncdance.org

Photographs: Pointe the Way photos will be available after the event.
NC Dance Theatre and NCDT REACH! photos are available by emailing lmcswain@ncdance.org. 

Join North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Corps de Ballet
for Pointe the Way
September 10, 2011, 7-11 p.m. 

Fundraiser Benefiting NCDT REACH! – North Carolina Dance Theatre’s
community outreach dance program for children

Charlotte, N.C. - Hosted by the Corps de Ballet, Pointe the Way is an evening of cocktails, live jazz by The Queens Collective, great food and a variety of auction items – all to support North Carolina Dance Theatre’s outreach program, NCDT REACH!.  

The NCDT REACH! program makes quality dance training accessible to male and female students, minorities, and students  with evidenced financial need who have little if any previous dance experience and demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance. The program affords children the opportunity to access quality dance training in their neighborhoods, free of charge, and promotes self-esteem, discipline, a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the arts. Beginning its third year in September 2011, NCDT REACH! recently received an achievement award from the National Association of County Organizations. 

“I am thrilled  the Corps de Ballet has stepped forward to host this wonderful event, Pointe the Way, in support of our NCDT REACH! program” said April Berry, NC Dance Theatre’s director of education and outreach and NCDT REACH! program director. “This support from the Corps de Ballet and the community at large helps Dance Theatre continue to provide access and quality dance training to deserving students.”

Pointe the Way guests will mingle with NC Dance Theatre Company Dancers, while listening to The Queen’s Collective, Charlotte’s premier modern-progressive jazz group, performing its creative arrangements of classic, Latin, soul and straight-ahead jazz. Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer and the always popular Tutu-tini.

"Please join us for a fun-filled party supporting dance instruction for deserving children in our community,” said Virginia Rosen, Pointe the Way co-chairperson.

The Corps de Ballet is celebrating its 20th anniversary of volunteer service to NC Dance Theatre. In recent years, the organization's fundraising efforts have evolved to focus on dance outreach through funding support of the NCDT REACH! program. Rosen noted, "As a result of our focus shift, the Corps de Ballet believed Pointe the Way better identified our fundraising event mission, which is to ensure this
award-winning program has sustainable funding."

About the Corps de Ballet

The Corps de Ballet, NC Dance Theatre’s volunteer service and social organization, has supported the Company since its relocation to Charlotte in 1991. The Corps’ energetic members enjoy a wide range of service, and educational and social events during the dance season, providing a unique behind the scenes volunteer experience. The warm partnership between the Corps and the Company fosters friendships, community support, and appreciation of dance performance and production. Visit ncdance.org/CorpsdeBallet for more information.

Pointe the Way Details

Date & Time:

September 10, 2011, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Location:

Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
701 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC, 28202

Tickets:

$50 per person prior to Sept. 5; $60 after Sept. 5
RSVP at www.ncdance.org/pointetheway or call 704.372.0101 x2773
 

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North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based ballet company focused on performing, inspiring and educating with artistically excellent programming. Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NC Dance Theatre is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses the Company’s administrative offices, rehearsal space and School of Dance. For more information visit ncdance.org.

North Carolina Dance Theatre is supported, in part, with operating support by the Arts & Science Council. Dance Theatre is also supported by individuals, corporations, and local and national foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

NCDT REACH! is supported, in part, by a three-year grant from the Women’s Impact Fund.