Maine State Ballet Receives Grant for BACKSTAGE AT THE NUTCRACKER
Every year during the run of Maine State Ballet's The Nutcracker at Merrill Auditorium, the ballet company offers a special educational program called Backstage at the Nutcracker for area schools. This year, a generous $4000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation's Welch Charitable Fund will help pay the admission cost for students who otherwise could not afford to attend. The grant money is earmarked to support several local schools where the number of students receiving free hot lunch is over 60%. Maine State Ballet is grateful that the generous support of the Maine Community Fund will help to fulfill the Company's mission to uplift the Maine community through the medium of dance.
Maine State Ballet, based in Falmouth, Maine, is one of New England's leading performing arts institutions and twice named Maine's Best Dance Group by Downeast Magazine. Its two components are the School for the Performing Arts, offering instruction in ballet, tap, jazz and other dance styles to more than 500 children and adults; and the Maine State Ballet Company, comprised of more than 25 professional dancers. Maine State Ballet is a nonprofit organization.