Chattanooga Ballet Receives Check From County

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Ballet Executive Director Bob Willie, County Commissioner Tim Boyd and Chattanooga Ballet Board President Blair Waddell.
Ballet Executive Director Bob Willie, County Commissioner Tim Boyd and Chattanooga Ballet Board President Blair Waddell.

Commissioner Boyd said he was delighted to present a $4,000 check to the Chattanooga Ballet, which he characterized as one of city's most valuable arts organizations. 

Though the Chattanooga Ballet has endured budget constrictions due to less funding  from ArtsBuild, the former Allied Arts, the Ballet continues to operate in "the black" and instructs hundreds of children each year.

The Chattanooga Ballet presents Tcaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" each December in conjunction with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. This holiday production has been a tradition among Chattanoogans for a quarter century, with over 250,000 people viewing the show at Chattanooga's historic Tivoli Theatre throughout the years.

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