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Rochester City Ballet receives its first NEA grant

May 16, 2019

Megan Kamler & Christopher Collins
Credit Erich Camping

The Rochester City Ballet says that it has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the first time in its history.

The $10,000 grant is for the commission of a ballet, “Moulin Rouge,” by Chautauqua Institution resident choreographer Mark Diamond.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Rochester City Ballet are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Rochester City Ballet will present the ballet February 28, 29 & March 1 at Nazareth Arts Center. Diamond will travel to Rochester this summer to begin work on the ballet.

“This is a key milestone and achievement for RCB,” said Executive Director Nichole Gantshar. “Receiving NEA funding was a goal for the third year of strategic plan and we achieved it. This recognition from artists at the top of the dance field means so much to all of us that Rochester City Ballet is growing and moving in the right direction.”

Credit Erich Camping

Established in 1987, The Rochester City Ballet is a professional ballet company that presents performances at the Nazareth College Arts Center, The Auditorium Theatre, and Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.