The Tallahassee Ballet, Inc.
1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 78
Tallahassee FL 32303
Contact Information
Address 1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 78
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Telephone (850) 2246917 1
Fax 850 2247681
Alternate Address P.O. Box 772
Tallahassee, FL 32302
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Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
At A Glance
Former Names
Tallahassee Civic Ballet
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Name of supporting organization The Tallahassee Ballet, Inc.
EIN Number 23-7273533
Year of Incorporation 1973
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $645,144.00
Projected Expenses $644,337.00
Mission Statement


The Tallahassee Ballet is one of the region’s premier, performance driven dance organizations.


The Tallahassee Ballet is a regional, nonprofit, dance company featuring a diverse repertory of classical and contemporary ballet performed by professional and emerging professional dancers. The Tallahassee Ballet stimulates appreciation of the dance arts through a variety of annual, exceptional productions, education and community outreach.

Needs Statement
  1. Find additional performance venues since Ruby Diamond Auditorium is becoming increasingly difficult to schedule.
  2. Additional funding to expand programs such as DanceChance.  DanceChance provides economically disadvantaged children in area elementary schools with the opportunity to study classical ballet free of charge.  DanceChance presently serves 8 schools with 1-2 classes per week.  Attendance/participation: 200 students receive weekly classes October – May.
  3. Increase dancers salary to become a professional company.
Impact Statement
Goals for 2013-2014 year
  1. Increased our budget by 38%.
  2. Increased school enrollment by 36%.
  3. Moved to new location and paid off the line of credit within the fiscal year.

Goals for 2014-2015 year

  1. Increase paid dancers salary by 50%.
  2. Expand the company's contemporary repertoire.
  3. Increase TTB's reserves.
Background Statement

The Tallahassee Ballet was founded in 1972 by Helen Salter, a former Balanchine dancer. Since its inception, The Tallahassee Ballet has contributed to the local arts community with its diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works.  Featuring professional guest artists who represent major ballet companies from across North America, and a talented troupe of semi-professional dancers, the Ballet has established a proud tradition of entertaining audiences of all ages for over 34 years. 

The Tallahassee Ballet has built an impressive reputation of providing an excellent training ground for young dancers and emerging professionals from the Big Bend region.  Our company is composed of 50-60 dancers, ranging from ages 8-21.  Dancers are selected annually through auditions.  Over the years, our dancers have had the opportunity to work and study under the direction of a professional ballet master/mistress, and perform with guest choreographers, artists, teachers and musicians. 

The Tallahassee Ballet strives to present quality ballet productions annually to encourage interest in the cultural arts.  In our 40 year history, The Tallahassee Ballet’s repertoire of both classical and contemporary works has grown to include 16 classical ballet pieces, 7 full-length ballet productions, 21 neoclassical pieces, 47 modern ballet and jazz pieces, 18 romantic ballet pieces, and 6 children’s ballets. 

The Tallahassee Ballet has supported a strong community outreach program since the very beginning of its existence.  Over the years, the programs have grown, expanded and traveled to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our ever-changing audience. Current programming includes Now Playing! (live productions for school audiences), a Community Workshop Series, On Stage Now (encore mini-performances), Saturday at the Ballet (lecture/demonstration programs to area groups), Turning Pointe (summer workshop series for dancers), Joy of Motion (summer choreography workshop), ROAD Rally (Reach Out And Dance events at area middle schools) and regional touring.  The most popular community outreach program we offer is DanceChance.  This program was designed to provide economically disadvantaged children with tuition-free dance instruction and dancewear.  The program currently enrolls almost 200 students in eight public elementary schools and one middle school in our community. 

Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Jackson and Wakulla counties.

The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB) presents performances each year that incorporate Company members, local dance professionals, dancers from major ballet companies, live music, professional sets, and original costume design and construction.

• An Evening of Music and Dance:  This performance features original contemporary and classical choreography combined with live chamber music and musical interludes.  TTB commissions nationally accomplished guest choreographers to set pieces on TTB dancers, providing students with invaluable learning opportunities.  
• The Nutcracker:  The Tallahassee Ballet performs the holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, each December at Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University campus.  The shows feature an orchestra and guest artists from internationally renowned ballet Companies. 
• Dance for Spring: The Tallahassee Ballet presents original full-length ballets each May at Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University campus. 
Budget $250,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served Families, Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
  • The Nutcracker near sell out with three performances at Ruby Diamond Auditorium 1,180 capacity per performance.
  • 2012 Nutcracker featured nationally acclaimed artists from the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company.
Long term Success
  • To produce high quality ballet performances and encourage interest in the cultural arts. 
  • Feature professional choreographers, guest artists, and Company members in presenting a balanced repertoire of classical and contemporary programming.
  • Move to a professional company increasing the number of paid dancers.
  • To attract visitors to Tallahassee to see the performances and stimulate local economy.
  • Enhance the quality of life in Tallahassee and the surrounding commuities.
  • Introduce the art of ballet to audiences that might not otherwise have access to this cultural art.
  • Entertain and challenge the imagination of young minds through opportunities involving live performances.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Through Constant Contact surveys
  • Through audience attendance


Examples of Program Success
The Tallahassee Ballet performances are generating audiences north and south
between Valdosta, Georgia and Gainesville, Florida and east and west between Jacksonville, Florida and Panama City, Florida. The Tallahassee Ballet is the only ballet company between these cities featuring an orchestra and guest artists from internationally renowned companies. The 2012 Nutcracker sold 415 tickets outside of Tallahassee.

The Cultural Opportunities for Youth program encompasses The Tallahassee Ballet’s community outreach and education initiatives that focus on children (5-18 years old). 
The Tallahassee Ballet strives to entertain and challenge the imagination of young minds through opportunities involving live performances.

TTB's "Now Playing!" program provides opportunities for area school children to attend The Tallahassee Ballet’s major productions.  Special school performances are provided at greatly reduced ticket prices. Tickets are $8 per student and up to 200 free tickets are given to underprivileged school children.  Lesson plan packets are developed for each school performance, thus further enhancing the experience for students. Events include:
• An Evening of Music - performed in September
• The Nutcracker - performed in December
• Dance for Spring - performed in May
Budget $50,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short Term Success
  • The Nutcracker in 2012 sold out of one performance at Ruby Diamond Auditorium.
  • Beauty and the Beast 2013 sold out of one performance. We added a second performance and it is now sold out.
  • Long term Success
    • To entertain and challenge the imagination of young minds through opportunities involving  live performances.
    • Introduce the art of ballet to audiences that might not otherwise have access to this cultural art.
    Program Success Monitored By
    • Attendance
    • Request for services from schools, students and parents
    • Written surveys by teachers, parents and school coordinators
    • Rubric evaluations by students
    • Email surveys to parents and dancers through Constant Contact
    Examples of Program Success
    The Tallahassee Ballet's Now Playing! has become such a success that we are having schools attend from as far way as Port Saint Joe and Lake City.

    The Tallahassee Ballet’s DanceChance program was initiated in 1997 and provides economically disadvantaged students in Tallahassee the opportunity to study classical ballet at no charge.  The program started as a Saturday morning class at TTB studios and has grown in popularity over the years. Currently, the program includes partnerships with eight public Title I elementary schools in Leon County, supplementing their after-school curriculum. Each school offers one to two classes per week during a 25 week period from October to May, serving 200+ students. The first class is designed for children who have never had a Movement class. The second class is for children who have been involved in the DanceChance program and has a more advanced curriculum. All classes conduct an end of the year recital which is open to parents, families and peers where the children perform original choreography and demonstrate what they have learned in the program.

    Budget $50,000.00
    Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Instruction
    Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
    Short Term Success
    • TTB provides 8 Title I public elementary schools with weekly tuition-free dance instruction and dancewear from October – May.
    • TTB provides DanceChance students with a “backstage” look at the ballet.  Each event includes watching a ballet company ballet lesson, a mini-performance by TTB dancers and a tour of TTB studios, scenery and costume shops (DanceChance Backstage at the Ballet).
    • TTB provides complimentary tickets to TTB’s live performances for students enrolled in DanceChance.
    • TTB holds a DanceChance recital in each May for students to perform the skills they have learned.
    • TTB provides DanceChance 4 scholarships to the Joy of Motion summer camp.
    Long term Success

    A publication by the National Endowment of the Arts states that arts education in schools provides a greater motivation to learn in all subject areas, an increase in attendance rate for students, a higher overall score on tests (including SATs), a greater student interest in academics, and a development in higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition, students are developing an increase in self-esteem and self-worth, discipline, motivation and a sense of accomplishment. Students participating in DanceChance are required to maintain good grades and good citizenship.


    Program Success Monitored By DanceChance programming is assessed by electronic Rubric assessments by school coordinators, dancers and parents.  The DanceChance Director observes and evaluates the teachers and classes twice a year.
    Examples of Program Success
    DanceChance classes are currently full and TTB has requests for additional schools to be served.
    The Tallahassee Ballet has many community outreach and education programs.
    • Backstage at the Ballet provides an in-depth look at the performing arts to individuals and civic/charitable groups. In the hopes of building the next generation of dance artists and/or arts patrons, each event provides learning sessions that include classical ballet topics, costuming, a dance lesson, an opportunity to observe a private Company rehearsal session, and a tour of the ballet facility. 
    • On Stage Now provides special mini-performances in venues throughout Leon County.  These performances are held at large gatherings and give residents a preview of The Tallahassee Ballet’s repertoire.
    • The Tallahassee Ballet School was established in 2009 to provide training and to encourage interest in ballet. 
    • Joy of Motion is a summer camp designed for the novice dancer.
    • Turning Pointe is designed to provide in-depth professional training opportunities for the experienced dancer.
    Budget $100,000.00
    Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Instruction
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, Adults
    Short Term Success
    • Introduce the art of ballet to audiences that might not otherwise have access to this cultural art free of charge.
    • Entertain and challenge the imagination of young minds through opportunities involving live performances.
    • Provide hands-on experiences to youth through lecture/demonstrations and mini-performances to encourage more interest in the art of ballet.
      Provide instruction and hands-on experiences to youth through classes to encourage more interest in the art of ballet.
    • Provide a training ground for existing dancers to hone their skills, thereby preparing them to perform professionally in the field of dance.
    Long term Success
    The Tallahassee Ballet’s community outreach and education initiatives that focus on children (2-18 years old).  These programs fulfill The Tallahassee Ballet’s mission to stimulate the appreciation for the dance arts, enhance cultural literacy and provide an outstanding professional training ground for emerging dancers. 
    Program Success Monitored By
    • The number of requests for mini-performances
    • Attendance
    • Verbal feedback from attendees


    Examples of Program Success
    • Numerous requests for community mini-performances and lecture demonstrations.
    • Classes and workshops between 90-100% capacity.
    • Positive feedback from students, parents and audience members.
    Program Comments
    CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Carmen Butler
    Company Affiliation Century Link
    Term Aug 2014 to July 2015
    Board Members
    Shelby Augustnyiak Office Manager/Paralegal, King & Wood, P.A.
    Laura Blischke Goverment Ooperations Consultant, DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Marianne Brooks Independent Sales Consultant
    Carmen Braswell Butler Century Link
    Blaine Click Lanigan and Associates
    Betsy Couch Adjunct Professor, College of Communications, FSU
    Holly Edenfield Coordinator, Race to the Top Grant Program, FDOE
    Pam Gibson Ronald McDonald House
    Shannon Grooters Community volunteer
    Marybeth Hartsfield Wells Fargo Bank
    Kristen Krueger Assistant General Counsel at Department of Children and Families
    Felicia Leborgne Nowels Akerman Senterfitt
    Lori Roberts President, LDR Designs
    Nancy Cusmano Shank Century Link
    Kris Strickland Junior Achievment
    Len Taliaferro Retired
    Alison Voorhees Capital City Bank
    Jonathan Waters Executive Vice President and Chief Technologh Officer, Datamaxx Applied Technologies
    Donna Wright Retired Special Education Teacher
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 18
    Hispanic/Latino 1
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 3
    Female 16
    Board Term Lengths 2
    Board Term Limits 0
    Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? No
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
    Standing Committees
    Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
    Executive Director/CEO
    Executive Director Janet Pichard
    Term Start Jan 2007
    Experience Duties:  Oversees the operation of The Tallahassee Ballet, maintains the day-to-day records, files and correspondence; writes and administers all grants; oversees fundraisers and membership drives; handles all advertising, marketing and public relations, coordinates volunteer groups and serves as the chief liaison to the community.
    Education and Training:  BS in Education from Florida State University; MS in Education from Florida State University.  Graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, Class 26.
    Work Experience:  Worked in advertising and marketing for 18 years; Vice-President/Owner of P&G Marketing Group, Inc. (August 1994 to present); ballet instructor at Sharon Davis School of Dance (September 1989 to present); Advertising Manager for The Tallahassee Ballet (September 1989 to August 1993); Advertising Representative for Rowland Publishing (September 1988 to August 1994); owner of Dancers Image Dance Studio (September 1982 to May 1988); Special Education Teacher for Decatur County (September 1978 to May 1982).
    Senior Staff
    Title Artistic Director

    Tyrone Brooks joined The Tallahassee Ballet as the Artistic Director in the 2013 – 2014 season. Brook’s wide-ranging professional experience includes 18 years as a Principal Dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City (DTH). Brooks has been featured in a number of acclaimed performances including Alvin Ailey’s The River, Eugen Loring’s Billy the Kid, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Michael Smuins’ A Song for Dead Warriors, Medea, and John Butler’s Othello. Brooks has also performed internationally in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Russia. Brooks has also been featured in performances by celebrated choreographers George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Geoffrey Holder, Garth Fagan, Jerome Robbins, Alonzo King, John Butler, John McFall, Robert North, John Taras, Billy Wilson, and DTH Founder and Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell.

    In addition to his experience as a Principal Dancer and performer, Brooks has accumulated extensive experience as a dance faculty member and administrator. For over 25 years, Brooks served as full-time Ballet Faculty at DTH. During that time he also served as the Associate Director of the DTH community outreach program, Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. As Associate Director, Brooks represented DTH as a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools and commenced professional development workshops for teachers in curriculum development. He also conducted master classes and outreach programs in South Florida and for the Dance Theatre of Harlem-Kennedy Center Residency in Washington, D.C. and the Northern Virginia region.

    In 2004, Brooks joined the Virginia School of the Arts as the Director of Community Dance and was subsequently appointed as the Executive Director of the Virginia School of the Arts by the Board of Directors. During his tenure at the Virginia School of the Arts, Brooks holds a Certificate in Advance Business Administration and was a Guest Artist for the Florida State University School of Dance Summer Program in Valencia, Spain. In addition to his role as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Ballet, Brooks serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Florida State University School of Dance.

    Title Ballet Mistress and Artistic Associate

    Lauren Owen, TTB Artistic Associate and School Ballet Mistress, began her initial dance training with the Duluth School of Ballet under the direction of Peter Garick. She furthered her ballet training with The Centre for Dance Education at Atlanta Ballet studying under Sharon Story, Reiko Kimura, and Mary Rau. As a sophomore in high school Lauren was accepted into the Virginia School of the Arts, a pre-professional boarding high school for dance where she studied under a prestigious faculty and worked with numerous choreographers.

    After completing high school at VSA she pursued her professional career and became a trainee with the Richmond Ballet. As a member of the corps de ballet, she performed in productions such as Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, and Swan Lake. While at Richmond Ballet, she continued her ballet training and study under the direction of the Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett, Ballet Master, Malcolm Burn, Judy Jacob, Julie Job, Arnott Mader, and Amy Seawright.

    Ms. Owen completed her BFA degree in dance from Florida State University School of Dance. While attending FSU she studied with Rick McCullough, Kennedy Center Award Winner Suzanne Farrell, Sheila Humphreys, Anjali Austin, Dan Wagoner, and Gerri Houlihan. She performed many works choreographed by Professors, MFA Candidates, and BFA Candidates. She has also been a soloist with The Tallahassee Ballet Company for the past five years where she has performed numerous lead roles. She brings her energetic and outgoing personality and passion for dance to the classroom where she creates a fun, challenging, and exciting environment for learning ballet. Ms. Owen is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.

    Title Education and Community Outreach Manager
    Full Time Staff 4
    Part Time Staff 0
    Volunteers 200
    Contractors 21
    Retention Rate 100%
    Formal Evaluations
    CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
    CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Plans & Policies
    Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
    Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
    Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
    Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2007
    Management Succession Plan? No
    Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
    Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2014
    Fiscal Year End July 31 2015
    Projected Revenue $645,144.00
    Projected Expenses $644,337.00
    Endowment Value $12,161.00
    Spending Policy Percentage
    Percentage (if selected) 4%
    Form 990s
    IRS 9902013
    IRS 9902012
    IRS 9902011
    IRS Letter of Dtermination
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$62,841$40,671$37,427
    Individual Contributions$45,241$13,763$22,413
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$705$5$1
    Membership Dues$16,065$17,720$20,313
    Special Events$43,968$45,030$35,217
    Revenue In-Kind------
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Program Expense$455,927$339,892$315,360
    Administration Expense$14,858$72,494$67,328
    Fundraising Expense$16,512$16,020$15,198
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.051.05
    Program Expense/Total Expenses94%79%79%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%16%16%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Total Assets$98,797$61,907$41,289
    Current Assets$83,021$44,200$22,167
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$0$0$0
    Total Net Assets$98,797$61,907$41,289
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
    Foundation Comments
    • Financial figures were taken from the 990's.
    • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the 990.
    • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in teh 990.
    • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
    Additional Documents
    State Charitable Solicitations Permit
    Nonprofit The Tallahassee Ballet, Inc.
    Address 1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 78
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    Primary Phone 850 2246917 1
    Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director Janet Pichard
    Board Chair Carmen Butler
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Century Link
    Year of Incorporation 1973
    Former Names
    Tallahassee Civic Ballet