North Shore Civic Ballet to Launch Annual Spring Auction on June 1; Proceeds to Train New Generation of Dancers

North Shore Civic Ballet to Launch Annual Spring Auction on June 1; Proceeds to Train New Generation of Dancers

The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB), a nonprofit, 501c(3) dance company based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, launches its annual online spring auction this month. The NSCB's auction web site page, www.biddingforgood.com/ballet, opens for bids on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. and continues through Friday, June 22 closing at 6:00 p.m. The auction's proceeds will provide aspiring dancers with the resources and training they need to study ballet and perform in the North Shore region at a time when arts budgets are being cut nationwide.

Bidders find a range of items to purchase, including gift certificates, passes, and gift cards for travel, entertainment, dining, leisure and much more just in time for graduation events, weddings, confirmations, bar and bat mitzvots, and other celebrations. Shoppers should visit the site frequently to view the new items added throughout the run.

This is a sample of some of the products and services available in the auction, such as ski passes to Bolton Valley in Vermont, passes to the New England Aquarium, and a gift certificate to Brattle Bookstore. For entertainment, bid on tickets to Peter Pan at the North Shore Music Theatre or the Handel and Haydn Society. If food is an area of interest, the auction will offer two gift certificates to Rossetti's Restaurant in Lynn, a six-month gift certificate for a loaf of bread daily from Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord, Massachusetts, and a private tour of the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery with tasting for ten people. Take some time off with a two night getaway to Cape Cod at the Bayside Resort Hotel or take the family to the Topsfield Fair.

"With the public's support and contributions to the annual spring online auction, the North Shore Civic Ballet supports performances, new choreography, costuming, scholarships, and special educational projects, and to procure dance equipment and resources in the region. We continue to provide up-and-coming dancers with the training and support they need. People can still get involved in the auction by volunteering with the ballet company, asking merchants to donate a gift certificate or gift card for the auction, or making a purchase," said Paula K. Shiff, Artistic Director, NSCB.

Financial contributions are also welcome and may be made directly to the ballet company. The NCSB is a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible as permissible by law.

Donations will be accepted continually during the auction and may be dropped off at the NSCB's home at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts, or call 781-631-6262 to schedule a pick-up. Items donated after the auction ends will be used in the annual holiday auction in the fall. For more information about the North Shore Civic Ballet, the auction, and volunteer opportunities, call 781-631-6262 or visit the organization online at http://marbleheadschoolofballet.com/the-company/. Updates are available on Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1wh3fnp, and Twitter @MSB_ballet.

About North Shore Civic Ballet Company

The North Shore Civic Ballet, a not-for-profit dance company based at the Marblehead School of Ballet, has provided performances and arts education to the Greater Boston community for 42 years. Artistic Director Paula K. Shiff and Associate Director Florence C. Whipple founded the company in 1974.

The NSCB is home to an ever-changing group of talented dancers made up of both seasoned professionals and aspiring young dancers. For 11 years, Ivan Korn, resident choreographer, has created several works for the ballet company.

Photo Credit: Peter Smith

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