Texas Ballet Can’t Make It to China

The Texas Ballet Theater raised $21,200 after my article ran last Saturday, but the extra money wasn’t enough. On Wednesday, the dance company announced that it was forced to cancel its trip to China after falling $50,000 short of the money it needed to go on the trip. You can read my follow-up story here:

The Texas Ballet Theater on Wednesday canceled its trip to the China Shanghai International Arts Festival after falling more than $50,000 short in its effort to raise last-minute funding.

For two years, the company had planned to attend the arts festival, where it was scheduled to perform a full-length production of Cleopatra on Oct. 29-30. The company ran into difficulties in the last several months, however, after Texas Ballet Theater officials say they learned from Chinese arts festival leaders that certain costs could not be covered as planned.

These costs included the shipping of scenery within China, flooring material the dancers needed to perform and the cost of sending a conductor to China to make a recording for Cleopatra. Dance company officials said they believe the Olympics were to blame for the financial problems.


Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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