Dear Friends -
It's that time again! A new Season of The Sarasota Ballet will soon be upon us and thus it is time for us to gather our Friends and prepare for a wonderful year full of the magic of ballet and the camaraderie of our ever-expanding Friends group. Please be assured that your Friends Board has been meeting during the off-season to plan another exciting year of events.
On October 3, 2022, please join us at "Meet Me at the Barre" as the Friends kick off the season with a champagne and buffet reception with Director Iain Webb, the dancers, and the staff of the Ballet. This event is a wonderful way to socialize with friends old and new and to keep up with new developments at the Company. You will learn about new dancers who have joined the Ballet, promotions among our existing dancers and additions to, and promotions among, the Ballet staff. Meet Me at the Barre will be at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Reservations are required, and this is a popular event so please call Rachael Fisk at 941-225-6519 today to purchase your ticket.
Our first Friends luncheon will be in November, and we will have a holiday luncheon in December. Several of our luncheons were sold out last Season; please make your reservations early so that you don't miss out on this opportunity to socialize and hear entertaining stories from Iain, members of the Ballet, and other special guests.
Please take the opportunity when you attend luncheons and other events to get to know our Board members. We want to hear from you - we are here to serve you and to help support our beautiful dancers. One Board member who many of you already may know is Donna Maytham. Donna joined the Friends when she moved to Sarasota in the late 1990s. She and co-chair Pat Talbot initiated the wonderful Friends luncheon series which we continue to enjoy today. Donna has provided invaluable services to the Friends and the Ballet for decades and can tell you pretty much anything you might want to know about the Friends and how our group has evolved over the years. If you are lucky enough, you may also hear about Donna's fascinating life in ballet. She was an aspiring ballerina during high school and studied in Chicago and New York City. She trained with Aubrey Hitchins who had partnered with the great Anna Pavlova. Donna founded the Richmond Ballet where she danced with guest artist Bruce Marks of American Ballet Theatre. Marks choreographed The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore for Richmond Ballet in the 1950s and Donna co-starred with Marks in the ballet. Donna's connections to the Royal Ballet run deep. Her mother opened a ballet school in Chicago and brought teachers from the Royal Ballet to her school because she wanted to make the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum available to students in America. It is no surprise that Donna has a special affection for The Sarasota Ballet which has such strong ties to the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton. We are so very grateful to Donna for being one of our founding Friends. We hope that we can always live up to her standard of care and excellence.