Letter to Friends

Dear Friends of Gulfshore Ballet,

Gulfshore Ballet, a 501(c)(3) organization in Fort Myers, has provided excellence in Classical Ballet for over a decade. Our professional curriculum-based training, offered by internationally acclaimed instructors, provides students with the highest-caliber dance education rarely seen outside of major metropolitan areas. While one of the purposes of Gulfshore Ballet is to prepare students for professional dancing careers, the primary goal of the School is to contribute to the overall academic, athletic, cultural and social development of our students. After studying at this pre-professional school, many students have been accepted into the most prestigious training facilities and ballet companies in the country.

Founded in 2000, Friends of Gulfshore Ballet was established to support Gulfshore Ballet in its efforts to bring the highest quality dance instruction to Southwest Florida. The actual cost of training each student is significantly higher than tuition received, resulting in a funding deficit for the School. As a nonprofit organization in tight economic times, Gulfshore Ballet must enhance fund-raising efforts to ensure that our mission of quality arts education is fulfilled.  Each year since the school’s inception, the Friends of Gulfshore Ballet has provided funds for need-based scholarships for exceptional students; with your support we can assure its continuation. This is one area where community support is greatly needed.

We thank all members of Friends of Gulfshore Ballet for their generous support. For those of you who have not yet joined us, we hope you will consider becoming a new member.

The future of Gulfshore Ballet relies on friends like you.  Together we can ensure the success of a premier ballet institution in Southwest Florida.

Warmest regards,

Denise Devito
President of the Board of Trustees