April 14th – Bakersfield City Ballet misses you, Bakersfield. And you probably miss them too. Fortunately, the upcoming Pints En Pointe fundraiser aims to bring everyone together for an afternoon of dancing and community support.
The city’s leading pre-professional ballet company, like many local artists, has found ways to stay active and creative during the pandemic, including the Curbside Ballet, which brought dancers to patrons for socially distant outdoor performances. Of course, nothing goes with the theater appearance.
“It was a tough year not having access to the live stage,” said Erica Ueberroth, Artistic Director of BCB. “It evokes such strong emotions. Whatever the purpose of this performance, it can make people feel something. Feel connected, feel inspired. The arts can do that, and it’s really powerful.”
Ueberroth said the company is planning for the next season, which will require creativity and commitment as well as the community. This is where the fundraiser comes in.
The April 24 event, formerly known as Beer & Ballet, adapts to the times with an outdoor open house get-together in a private residence. Attendees can enjoy an hourly performance by BCB dancers, sample craft beer from Dionysus Brewing Co. and Crusader Brewing, and wine from San Rucci Winery and Top Winery in Paso Robles. There will also be heavy entrees, including beef pusher, mac and cheese balls, and more.
Guests can also bid on silent auction items or purchase tickets to draw gift baskets with themes such as movie night, coffee lover, game night, wine lover, and more.
“We’re trying to cover the entire market that everyone would be looking for,” said Ueberroth of the baskets, which can be worth between $ 20 and $ 150.
The draw also allows people who may not want to stay for the entire event to still have a chance of winning. (Silent auction winners must be present.)
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Pints En Pointe’s fundraising goal is an ambitious $ 25,000, but Ueberroth said this reflects the nonprofit’s passion for the arts.
“It’s a very ambitious goal, but we dream big. That is a little below what our normal season would cost.”
And the members of the company are ready to get back on the stage.
“We hope to have the opportunity to be in a theater,” said Ueberroth. “If the capacity is not full, we agree. As artists, we really want to be back in the theater, with the lights, the sets, the costumes and all that good stuff.”
Together with performances, the Bakersfield City Ballet wants to continue to grow, promote and keep local dancers, said Ueberroth.
“We have a lot of talent in Bakersfield and I think it’s important to share that talent with the community and keep that talent in the community. We’re really excited to see how the past seasons have gone and (the opportunity) to get into change a professional rich and pay our dancers. “
Creating jobs for the arts and promoting the local love of dance remain vital to BCB’s mission.
“There’s a reason to be successful in the arts and to stay in Bakersfield. We want to reach a wide audience. If we get enough community support, we can all enjoy it as a community.
Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.