The Nutcracker

Presented by The Aiken Civic Ballet Company
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 AT 2:00 PM

 

Tickets On Sale Nov 15th

Nutcracker Tea

Presented by The Aiken Civic Ballet Company
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 PM

 

Hopelands Garden

Presented by The Aiken Civic Ballet Company
Monday, May 28th, 2018

 

About The Company

The Aiken Civic Ballet is South Carolina’s longest continuously operating dance company. Founded by Carl Crosby, the company has been in existence for over 46 years. Under the Artistic Direction of Diane Toole Miller, the company produces original   ballets and contemporary dance works. The Aiken Civic Ballet is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Our Mission

The mission of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company is to encourage dance as an accessible and vital art form, to promote outreach education by facilitating the development of important life skills through the discipline of dance, and to provide premiere training and performance opportunities for young dancers in the greater Aiken area and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

Diane is a native of Aiken, SC who started studying dance under Carl Crosby at age 8 and by age 13 became a member of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company. At age 17 she was crowned Miss South Carolina in the 1978 Miss South Carolina Pageant in Greenville, SC and was a Talent Award Winner. At the Miss America pageant the same year in Atlantic City, NJ, she also received Talent Award Winner and was a recipient of the Talent Scholarship for her performance of the ballet Pas de Quatre.

While attending college in Spartanburg, SC, Diane performed with both the Spartanburg Civic Ballet and the Orchesis Modern Dance Theater. She performed for several years with the Miss South Carolina Pageant Dancers, dancing both jazz and ballet for live and television audiences.

In 1982 Diane auditioned for and joined the Augusta Ballet under the direction of Ron Colton (formerly of the New York City Ballet) and Zanne Colton. As a member of the Augusta Ballet, she performed many roles in the Nutcracker, including: the Dew Drop Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish Dancer, Bo Peep, Snowflakes and the Party Scene. She also performed in Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Giselle, Tilt by Stanley Zompakos; Episodes and Symphony 13 by Duncan Noble; and the Augusta Ballet’s first Balanchine ballet, Valse Fantasie – among many others.

Diane has worked with teacher Ron Cunningham and choreographer Duncan Nobles of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Tom Pazik of the Atlanta Ballet, and Victoria Simon of the New York City Ballet. She has attended and performed at several Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival Galas in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and continued graduate studies toward a Masters in Education afterwards.

By 1986, Diane became a Dance Lecturer at University of South Carolina – Aiken and spent several years there teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. In 2006 she became the owner and artistic director of the Crosby School of Dance and continues the tradition started by Carl Crosby with the Crosby-Miller School of Dance.

Most recently, in 2008 Diane attended summer training in Taos, NM with Jilliana (formerly of the New York City Ballet) to study the Balanchine Technique and Balanchine Style of ballet.

2017 UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

 

THE AIKEN CIVIC BALLET PRESENTS:

Nutcracker Tea 2017

Performance to be held at:

The Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC
Phone: (803) 642-2015

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Advance tickets may be purchased at:

3 Monkeys
141 Laurens St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: (803) 648-7592

Unique Expressions
Mitchell Shopping Center, 1521 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC
Phone: (803) 641-7906

The Nutcracker 2017

Performance to be held at:

The USCA Etherredge Center

471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC
Phone: (803) 641-3305

 

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Patron Packages and Donations

Donations are vital to ensure the growth of this outstanding ballet company and continuation of its cultural and educational mission. You may use the button below to send your donation to the Aiken Civic Ballet. We appreciate your support!  You may also support the ballet through our Corporate Sponsorship or Family/Small Business Sponsorship programs.




Patron Package

ACBC 2018 Corporate Contribution Levels

All contributions to ACBC, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible as allowed by law.
2018 sponsorships due no later than October 20, 2018

Ballet Master/Mistress

$10,000 and up/yr
  • Partner with ACBC and be the headline sponsor of our 2 annual productions and Hopelands performance for a contribution of $10,000 or more. Benefits include:
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  • Customized publicity package including prominent recognition in multi-media advertising and promotional material for all performances; corporate banner on display alongside ACBC banner at all performances, promotional events, and community appearances; and links to your corporate website from ACBC’s website and social media platforms
  • Name on the covers of all programs with a full page ad or corporate profile in all programs
  • Opportunity to address the audience at 5 or more performances
  • VIP Sneak Peak experience at dress rehearsal, including photo op with lead dancers from your performance and performance memento
  • Performance by ACBC dancers at your corporate event
  • Season tickets for 8 with priority seat selection
  • Invitations for 8 to ACBC Champagne Gala

Director’s Circle

$5,000-9,999/yr
  • Partner with ACBC and sponsor the performance of your choice for $5,000 or more.
  • Customized publicity package including prominent recognition in all advertising and promotional material for the performance, public recognition during performances, and links to your corporate website from ACBC’s website and social media platforms
  • Name on cover of program with ad in the program
  • VIP Sneak Peak experience at dress rehearsal, including photo op with lead dancers from your performance and performance memento
  • Season tickets for 4, with priority seat selection
  • Invitations for 4 to ACBC Champagne Gala

Guest Artist and Education Circle

$1,500-7,500/yr
  • Sponsor a guest artist to perform with the ACBC, or to conduct a workshop for ACBC and other dancers in our community.
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  • Prominent recognition in all publicity for production or workshop, and recognition during the event
  • Meal and photo op with the guest artist, and opportunity to observe the workshop or performance dress rehearsal
  • Season tickets for 2, with priority seat selection
  • Invitations for 2 to ACBC Champagne Gala
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Scholarship Sponsor

$500 and up/yr
  • Support ACBC pre-professional dancers attending summer intensives across the country for a contribution of $500 or more.
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  • Program listing for both productions
  • Reception and photo op with scholarship student(s)
  • Season tickets for 2, with priority seat selection
  • Invitations for 2 to ACBC Champagne Gala
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ACBC 2018 Family/Small Business Contribution Levels

All contributions to ACBC, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible as allowed by law.
2018 sponsorships due no later than October 20, 2018

Ballet Master/Mistress

$1,000/yr
  • 4 tickets to each production with priority seat selection and option to purchase additional tickets before public sales begin
  • ½ page program advertisement for both productions
  • Program listing
  • 4 invitations to ACBC Champagne Gala

Prima

$500/yr
  • 2 tickets to each production with priority seat selection and option to purchase additional tickets before public sales begin
  • ¼ page program advertisement for both productions
  • Program listing
  • 2 invitations to ACBC Champagne Gala

Principal

$400/yr
  • 6 tickets to each production with priority seat selection and option to purchase additional tickets before public sales begin
  • 2 tickets to the Nutcracker Tea
  • Program listing

Soloist

$300/yr
  • 4 tickets to each production with priority seat selection and option to purchase additional tickets before public sales begin
  • 2 tickets to the Nutcracker Tea
  • Program listing

Corp de Ballet

$125/yr
  • 2 tickets to each production with priority seat selection and option to purchase additional tickets before public sales begin
  • Program listing

Apprentice

$25/yr
  • Program listing

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