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Ballet Theatre Company Receives Sizable Grant from Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation

The Waltz of the Snowflakes. Pictured is Season 24 Resident Dancer Victoria Jaenson and the Junior Corps de Ballet. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

West Hartford-based Ballet Theatre Company has received a $50,000 grant from the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.


Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) has received a $50,000 grant from the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation for operational use. This is the largest grant received to date in BTC’s 25 years serving Greater Hartford.

“We are so pleased that the Hoffman Foundation has chosen to partner with Ballet Theatre Company in their support of the arts,” said BTC’s Development Director, Brianna Dunlap.

This is the single largest grant received by the organization since its inception in 1999. BTC will use these funds to produce professional ballet productions and continue to make the art of dance accessible to all through its Community Enrichment Program.

“Ballet Theatre Company demonstrates the power of the arts to uplift and enrich individuals and their communities. BTC’s commitment to this work is evident, from their inclusive ballet programming and strategic educational initiatives to their leadership in providing a steady wage to their artists. This grant helps provide BTC with resources to continue delivering on their mission and furthering their accomplishments in the Greater Hartford region,” said Marion Barrak, president of the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc.

As BTC begins its historic 25th performance season, the ballet company aims to improve equity in the arts and provide approachable programs for all ages. The organization just reached an organizational budget of over $1 million, making it the largest professional ballet company in the state of Connecticut.

“The possibilities are boundless,” said Artistic & Managing Director Stephanie Dattellas of the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation’s grant. “Ballet Theatre Company has grown tremendously in recent years, and we are thrilled that the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation is supporting our continued efforts to provide public performances, accessible programs, and fair pay to artists in Greater Hartford.”

As part of its current growth plan, BTC welcomes additional new foundations and companies to partner with the organization’s mission.

BTC is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is supported in part by the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, Ron and Nancy Compton, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The William & Alice Mortensen Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Trust, The George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, The Buchalter-Breslow Family, Ahearn Family Foundation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Davenport Hatch Foundation, The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Connecticut Public, Cricket Press, Laurel Graphic Design, We-Ha.com, Beam & Barre, Homestead Funding, SKY Investment Group, State Farm, The Local 84, Jane Owens Public Relations, and many wonderful individuals.

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