We Can’t do it Without YOU!

NEW art => NEW shoes! The ballerinas of Ballet Fantastique need your help to fund the 2014 season’s most vital equipment: pointe shoes!


Dear Santa,

Now that you’re done with the holidays, all we need for 2014 is…shoes.

Ballet Fantastique premieres a rollicking three all-original productions every year (plus dozens of touring performances), and in the process our six company professional ballerinas spend hours in the studio in rehearsals en pointe to create and perform Donna + Hannah’s fierce new creative work (learn more about the company here). BFan’s dancers (meet us here!) work 12 months of the year.

And we need your help. As BFan ballerinas, we can go through up to 3 pairs of pointe shoes in just a WEEK of performing, even though we do everything we can to try to make our shoes last (floor wax, jet glue, newspaper, dancing on them even when it’s dangerous, you name it). And with new shoes costing ~$75/pair, this essential equipment cost adds up fast!

Here’s where you come in. BFan, a growing company, doesn’t have the funds (YET) to sponsor all of the shoes we need to make this bold new art in 2014.

We’ve got some awesome pointe shoe angels who have already stepped forward to help (and we appreciate them so much!), but we need a little more (arch) support.

In fact, just ONE EXTRA PAIR of shoes per month for each of our ballerinas will make a huge impact on our health, ability to dance all this great new art, and grocery budgets.

We’re going to stretch these shoes far to power our rehearsals for BFan’s bold new art.

(The math: $75/pair x 6 company dancers x 12 months = $5,400).

So…Our goal is to raise $5,400 before our first show of the 2014 season! ‘cuz all we need for 2014 is…new shoes. 🙂

And powered with these incredible new pointe shoes and fueled by you, we’re going to make great art in 2014. We can’t wait to share it with the world (it’s amazing what a pointe shoe on the right company can do). THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!



New shoes look like this (completely hard on the arch and the tips with a supportive shape):


“Dead” shoes look something like this (mooshy and all soft and squishy and broken):


Our feet in pointe shoes are doing this:


Your support makes us feel like this:


And we recycle like this (so when these shoes have had all the juice danced out of them, we’ll be autographing them and mailing them to you, our treasured [arch] supporters).


CREDITS: Thank you so much to the incredible Jeremy Bronson/Bronson Studios for his help with creating this video!

Photo of the BFan ballerinas jumping: Jared Mills/Woden Photo

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About Ballet Fantastique

Experience Ballet Fantastique's unmatched creativity and dramatic prowess. Comprised of 7 stunning dancers directed by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique presents productions full of sizzle and spice. Hailed as "la creme de la creme" (Eugene Weekly), Ballet Fantastique's all-original choreography infuses ballet with diverse new style, brave musical choices (from tango to Metallica), and passionate expression.

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