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Moving Forward Campaign

Moving Forward

Toward the future of professional ballet in Indianapolis

Since the inception of the Indianapolis School of Ballet in 2006, the vision for Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. has been to launch a professional ballet company on the solid foundation of a successful school.


With that foundation firmly in place, now is the time for that vision to become a reality through the Moving Forward Capital Campaign.


On May 21, 2017, at its annual Spring Gala, Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. announced the launch of the public phase of the Moving Forward Capital Campaign. The campaign’s goal of $1.2 million will go directly towards the launch of the Indianapolis Ballet professional company in early 2018 and secure additional funding commitments for the company in consecutive years.


DONATE to the Moving Forward Capital Campaign by simply texting “BALLET” to 50155 or click here to give online via


READ: Click here to read the press release announcing the Moving Forward campaign’s public launch

Since the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s inception in 2006, the vision for Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. has been to launch a professional ballet company built on the solid foundation of the school’s success.


Over 11 years, we have been mindful and strategic in our progress, with strong board involvement, consistent growth, diligent financial oversight, and a history of healthy financial footing.


With assistance from Dalton-Cole & Associates, the Board of Directors has created a comprehensive Business Plan for the launch of the professional company to be named the Indianapolis Ballet.


The Indianapolis Ballet’s debut season, to being in early 2018, will consist of main-stage productions by the professional company members with additional dancers from the School’s professional track.


Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. is committed to Indianapolis. Our studios and performance venues are all located in downtown Indianapolis and contribute to the growing vibrancy of the city.



Our board members are leaders in their fields and dedicated to the cultural growth of Indianapolis. The highly respected artistic advisory board includes renowned members of the international dance and arts communities.



George Balanchine, founder of New Your City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, is the most significant figure in ballet in the United States. His ballets are recognized and performed internationally. Indianapolis Ballet is the only dance organization in Indianapolis to receive consistent licensing approval from the Balanchine Trust.



We encourage the leverage and power of collaborations with many local arts organizations to extend the impact and diversity of programming to audiences throughout central Indiana. Partners include the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Central Public Library, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Penrod and IndyFringe Festival.


With the launch of the public phase of its Moving Forward Capital Campaign on May 21, 2017, Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. has raised the curtain on its effort to establish a professional ballet company in Indianapolis.


The goal is simple: raise the $1.2 million that will be required to launch Indianapolis Ballet in 2018 and secure funding commitments for consecutive years.


The financial strategy for Indianapolis Ballet will leverage shared resources with Indianapolis School of Ballet faculty, facility, and staff. We will also recognize considerable savings in what would normally be a significant expense via the utilization of a costume inventory owned by Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras that is valued at nearly $1 million.


Through the generosity and support of the Barbara and Karl R. Zimmer, Jr. Family Foundation and members of our board we have already secured $300,000 in funds and pledges towards our goal … but that’s only a quarter of the necessary funds that need to be raised.


To “Move Forward” and reach our goal, Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. will work tirelessly to raise funds through individual, corporate and foundation support.


Click here to learn more about how to donate to the Move Forward Capital Campaign.

Indiana has two of the top three ranked collegiate ballet programs in the country in Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts – yet Indianapolis currently offers no professional opportunities after these dancers graduate.


Arts in Indianapolis are essential for economic growth. The Arts Council of Indianapolis reports that from the $1.3 million allocated to the arts in Indianapolis, $384 million is generated in economic activity – nearly a 300% return on investment.


Indianapolis has a strong history with ballet and supported a professional company for several decades. The financial crisis of 2005 left a void that we are committed to fill by bringing the beauty, athleticism, and artistry that only classical ballet can provide back to a city whose national and international profiles continue to grow.


Corporations must be able to provide a robust quality of life to attract and keep the best talent. Professional ballet already exists in cities with similar and smaller populations, meaning that Indianapolis Ballet will improve the competitive landscape of central Indiana.

Please consider supporting the Moving Forward Capital Campaign. Your contribution can be made as a one-time gift or scheduled as an automatic gift, quarterly or monthly.


Those interesting in contributing can submit donations in the following ways:


Our “Text to Give” campaign: begin by texting the word “BALLET” to 50155


Online via the following link: Donate to the campaign via


By mail (please make donations payable to: Indianapolis Ballet, Inc.)

502 North Capitol Avenue, Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Questions? Contact Cindy Taylor, Director of Development, at 317-955-7525 or

If you have any questions regarding the Move Forward Capital Campaign, please contact John Koluder, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 317-955-7525 or


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If you have any questions regarding the Moving Forward Capital Campaign, please contact Susan Moritz, Interim Director of Development, at 317-955-7525 or