“We are looking forward to Ballet & Brunch, which will give our dancers another chance to perform and will let the community learn more about what we've accomplished this year,” said Mary Lane Falkner, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers president.
This year’s Ballet & Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Guests will enjoy a buffet-style brunch, along with cocktails, a silent auction, and a special black box performance by TCD dancers.
Organizers say the fundraiser will help TCD with it’s programs throughout the year. Putting on major shows, like The Nutcracker, is an expensive endeavor, and the group hopes to expand its outreach programs, so funding is critical.
“It takes a lot of community support to maintain the pre-professional production level that TCD is known for,” Falkner said. “Our fundraisers help us to bring in professional guest artists, build custom tutus and costumes, and provide our dancers with special opportunities like master classes and workshops.”
This year, TCD completed its inaugural season of its “Make It a Pointe” outreach program, working with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama – and it’s a program Falkner said brought great joy all around.
“Our Company dancers really enjoyed working with the Boys & Girls Club children and are already looking forward to their next project. TCD hopes to expand ‘Make It a Pointe’ so that we can continue to provide children in our community with dance education opportunities they may not otherwise have.”
Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ Ballet & Brunch are $30 per person, or $50 for a pair. To order, call 205-454-8822. And to learn more about TCD and its programs, visit tuscaloosadancers.com.