Marin Ballet Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Marin ballet performers throw tutus in air at 60th anniversary performance
Marin Ballet performers toss tutus in air at 60th Anniversary performance

Marin Ballet held a full weekend of activities to commemorate its 60th Anniversary, beginning with a fundraising gala at its ballet school on March 24, raising $60,000 to benefit Marin Ballet’s scholarship program. Guests were treated to a luscious dinner by Insalata’s, and raised their paddles to generously bid on items ranging from a weekend in Sea Ranch to a Spring Break blowout in Las Vegas. They also enjoyed several dance-themed activities, including donning Nutcracker costumes in the photo booth and a sock hop with D.J. Tony Page.

Three generations of Marin Ballet supporters: Carol Sullivan, Marian Brannan, Ann Elias and Elizabeth Elias

During the gala, Marin Ballet president Nancy Rehkopf gave a special tribute to dance instructor Laurie Klein to recognize her 50 years of teaching at the school. Awards were also given to Rob and Terri Dawson for Volunteer of the Decade; Andree Jancheski for Sponsor of the Decade; Miranda Heller for Family Funder of the Decade; and Phyllis Thelen for Half-Century of Leadership.

Marin Ballet teacher Laurie Klein receives a standing ovation

On March 26, the company presented two performances at the Marin School of the Arts, including world premier works by Julia Adam, Catherine Hader, Corinne Jonas, Amy London and Charlie Martin.

Marin Ballet Anniversary

Marin Ballet was first founded as the Marin Civic Ballet Association in 1963 by dance educator Leona Norman and a group of volunteers led by Max and Phyllis Thelen. The organization has grown from a single studio in Ms. Norman’s attic to a regionally important center for dance. Marin Ballet seeks to develop confident, healthy and joyous students through exceptional ballet training, performances, mentorship and community engagement. Nearly 15% of Marin Ballet students receive scholarships, ensuring that a diverse set of aspiring dancers have access to exceptional training. 

Photos: Sara Abushaban 

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