Sarasota Ballet held two dedication ceremonies April 12 in response to a $500,000 grant from the Muriel O’Neil Fund for Performing Arts of Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
Ballerinas love their pink ribbons — both in shoe and dedication ceremony form.
Sarasota Ballet hosted two dedication ceremonies April 12, one at The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory and another at the Dance — The Next Generation studio to thank the Muriel O’Neil Fund for Performing Arts of Community Foundation of Sarasota County for the $500,000 grant it gifted the ballet on Nov. 30.
This gift will serve several purposes:
- Fund the conservatory on an ongoing basis and provide a $7,500 senior student scholarship
- To enhance the DNG learning center and mentoring program, including updating computers recruiting and training more volunteers
- To fund the Sarasota Ballet International Intensive program
Guests met DNG and conservatory students, watched a small performance by six conservatory members and enjoyed light bites and refreshments following the conclusion of the two ceremonies.