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Montgomery Ballet in financial trouble

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A longtime community staple in Montgomery is facing some tough financial times, and board members are calling on the community for help. 

The ballet features talented professional dancers from all over the world.  It's something you don't often find in a community of our size, especially the caliber of dancers they have.  The ballet hopes the community will help fund what's become a Montgomery tradition.

For more than 50 years, the Montgomery Ballet has brought us classics like The Nutcracker, Ballet and the Beast, and their most recent performance, Giselle.

"The community really does somewhat take for granted, and I think that the more that they are able to spread the voice about what they actually have as a gift in the community will really transcend and grow us."

Darren McIntyre is the ballet's new artistic director.  A professional dancer himself, he knows the level of talent the Montgomery ballet brings to the area.

"It's after working in New York and Chicago and Milwaukee, I realized, wow, this is amazing that these dancers are here in Montgomery."

But like many arts organizations, donations are down and funding has taken a hit.

"Always, the arts is the first thing to suffer."

"Hopefully we can continue to perform all the things that we have planned, but it has been harder,"  says Stephanie Hoskins,  Montgomery Ballet board member.

Ballet board members say they are facing their toughest financial year to date and some of the things the community has come to love about the ballet could be in danger.

"We won't be able to do as many performances.  We won't be able to put on the Nutcracker as many times as we want this year.  We won't be able to have as many professional dancers here.  And like I said, what's so wonderful about the Montgomery Ballet is the level of professionalism."

They're asking for community support though donations and attendance, helping to keep the ballet on their toes.

"We really do ask that the community to step up and help us to fund this amazing season that we've got planned. We've got a wonderful new artistic director and he's got so many wonderful, innovative, ambitious ideas and we just want to be able to carry out all those things he wants to do."

The ballet has launched a fundraising campaign called Keep Us On Our Toes.  They say every donation, no matter how small, can help.  If you would like to donate, call 334-409-0522.

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