Annual Meeting 2009-2010

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Well, another year has officially come and gone! Our Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation took place this past Sunday, and was a blast! California Ballet family, past and present, were in attendance. We even had the pleasure of enjoying the company of California Ballet Company’s first ballerina, Marlene Jones!

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As a nonprofit corporation, California Ballet Company must, by law, convene an annual meeting for the Board of Trustees once a year. At this meeting, the previous year is discussed as well as how well the company is doing, new board members are elected, the budget is addressed, committee and director reports are given, and general business of running the Company is handled.

Sounds pretty dull, doesn’t it?

This is why California Ballet has always taken pride in turning a dry business conference into an exciting and engaging event! We add an awards presentation, a professionally catered meal, a silent auction, and an intimate and exclusive performance that won’t be seen anywhere else during the season.

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The event is also centered around a different theme every year. In previous years we’ve had Luaus and picnics. This year, the theme was California Ballet Company – Past, Present, and Future. A special exhibit was constructed, featuring rarely seen props, costumes, and videos from the California Ballet archives. Special history blurbs were written, explaining each section of the exhibit.

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Props and costumes from Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, The Legend of Josefa, and The Nutcracker were all part of the exhibit. People were given a chance to see the original costumes for the Nutcracker Prince and the Merlitons, as well as the original nutcracker toy used for Clara’s nutcracker! A favorite of many was the section featuring our director, Maxine Mahon, with rarely seen pictures and costumes from her dancing years!

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As a nod to the future of the ballet company, computer stations were set up that allowed interested parties to surf the internet to the company’s social media sites – this blog being one of those sites. Attendees were then treated to a special trip from the past to the present as they were able to browse yearbooks dating from 1979 to the most recent yearbook for the 42nd season.

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Those that were interested in the silent auction were able to bid on a wide range of items, generously donated to us from such wonderful companies and organizations as:

    • The San Diego Chargers
    • The San Diego Padres
    • Andersen’s Nursery
    • Hornblower Cruises
    • The Old Globe
    • The Lawrence Welk Resort
    • and many, many more!

Awards went out to many of our most dedicated dancers, family members, and donors. To name just a few awards given:

Dancer of the Year: Chie Kudo

Director’s Tribute: Nancy Daly

Diane Metzler Youth Volunteer: Shelbi Horner

Corporate Partner: U.S. Bank

 

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The meal, catered by the French Gourmet, was fabulous! Tender beef, perfectly cooked chicken, refreshing salads, and delicious cake all came together to create a feast for kings! Dancers, staff, family, and friends all sat together in a rowdy room full of laughter and fun as the meal progressed.

The event culminated in a wonderful performance by California Ballet Company and School dancers. Students danced the Bluebird variation from Sleeping Beauty, the Four Cignets from Swan Lake, a specially choreographed piece by dance mastermind Brenda Bjornson, and a reprise performance of All That Jazz by last year’s CBS Workshop D class – singing and all! As an extra treat, California Ballet students Hannah Federman and Megan Arthurs presented their own original works. The two young women are promising choreographers, and the audience loved the two dance numbers!

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The performance was rounded out by performances by California Ballet Company dancers. Becky Correia, Jenny Baron, and Sarah Jones danced the Fairies from Sleep Beauty, followed by Cassandra Lund as princess Aurora. The four ballerinas were light and graceful as they filled the dance floor with feminine beauty.

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Bringing the event to a close was the performance of the Brides from Charles Bennett’s Dracula. The California Ballet Company corps de ballet was in perfect form, promising an exciting production this fall in October’s Ballet Bites!

 

 

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All-in-all it was a fun, full, and fantastic afternoon of friends, food, and fantastic dancing! We wish more of our friends out there in cyberspace were able to join us, but there are plenty more events coming up as the year progresses. Keep an eye on this blog, our website, and the California Ballet Facebook Fan Page for more information about upcoming events and ticket sales!

 

As a side note:

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Here’s something interesting and exciting: Marlene Jones will be coming out of retirement! She has recently been cast as a performer for the Senior Follies in Palm Springs, so if you are in the Palm Springs area, be sure to stop in for the show and see a California Ballet and San Diego dance legend return to the stage!

 

We’ll see you at the ballet!

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