friends of dance
Friends of Dance conduct annual requests of our members to Adopt a Dancer. In other words, we raise funds for especially talented students with especially large financial need. ‘Adopt’ donors help fund their education by depositing additional scholarship money to the office of student accounts on behalf of these dancers so they can finish their degree in our wonderful program. This year, 2010-2011, sixteen dancers were successfully adopted! “We will follow them through their career at Purchase and after they graduate,” say their Friends of Dance benefactors.
Friends of Dance annual membership dollars contribute to scholarships for our beautiful dancers. Director Wallie Wolfgruber distributes the funds at her discretion to students who need assistance, have an emergency arise, don’t receive as much financial aid as they had hoped, etc. It is an indispensable help for Conservatory of Dance students.
Friends of Dance = Purchase Dance Company Concerts
Performance is a key part of our dancers’ education. The quality of repertory they perform here is a major factor in the success of our alumni. To ensure the quality of education for our students Friends of Dance funds have been used - to pay for the costumes for a ballet - to help pay the licensing fees for a major piece of choreography for the concert - to commission a new work for the Purchase Dance Company.
Friends of Dance = International Tours
Friends of Dance have directly contributed or have helped to raise funding for the Purchase Dance Company International and National Tours.
Friends of Dance = Audience Development
Friends of Dance assist the Conservatory program with audience development for the Purchase Dance Company Concerts. We invite new friends to join us at dinner prior to performance; we hold receptions and panels with guest artists and choreographers. We also encourage groups with whom we are affiliated to attend the performances and open rehearsals.