The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) will be participating for the first time in GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that enables people to volunteer and donate to organizations that transform their community.
GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year. To celebrate the day we will be livestreaming classes, rehearsals and more. Here’s the link https://fb.me/e/3do4bLzK1
“We are so pleased to be part of this global movement,” said Ariel Serrano, co-founder and Artistic Director of SCBS. “For our part we are giving back to the community, not only by teaching the art of dance to children, but preparing them to become better persons.
“Our students have become professional dancers, but they’ve also gone on to become doctors, teachers and positive members of society because of the discipline, the struggle and the work they put in the school,” he said.
The programs at SCBS include world-class ballet instruction, serving a diverse student body of all ages and multiple nationalities. The school conducts regular outreach and education locally, and nearly half of the pre-professional dancers receive scholarships. Pre-COVID-19, SCBS also produced a full season of professional-caliber performances for audiences to enjoy.
People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping out a neighbor or stranger or giving to causes they care about.
“The school’s programs during this pandemic are at risk,” Serrano said, “and in urgent need of financial support, like many organizations that will be participating in Giving Tuesday. We want to continue to give back to our community by providing a safe environment where we can help our students reach their full potential. ”
Members of the community who wish to donate to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School on or before December 1 can visit the school’s website at http://srqcubanballet.com or send a donation to 501 N. Beneva Road, Suite 580, Sarasota, FL 34232. For more information on GivingTuesday visit https://www.givingtuesday.org/about.
About The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
SCBS was founded in 2011 by the Cuban-born husband and wife team of Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez. They trained at the elite Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba and performed internationally. In 1993, they moved to Sarasota to join the Sarasota Ballet, where they danced as principals. Co-Artistic Directors of SCBS, they offer classes at all levels for students from age three to adults, but the heart of the School’s program is a rigorous training course to prepare talented, serious young dancers for professional careers. Students of SCBS have won numerous awards in international ballet competitions, and have gone on to perform with companies such as the Royal Ballet (UK), Birmingham Ballet (UK) Dance Theater of Harlem, State Street Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.