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Artist of the day: Brandon Ballet




To answer your first question: Yes, there's a ballet company in the sprawling suburbia known as Brandon. But more importantly, the Brandon Ballet is finding unique ways to survive in an unconventional home base.

Incorporating yard sales, candle sales, bowling afternoons, special shopping discount deals at stores like Macy's as well as performances at local bookstores and civic centers, the Brandon Ballet is its own best public relations and advertising agency. It even hosted a gold night last month where members had their valuables appraised by local dealers.

Necessity is the mother of their invention, said Martha Oddo, the ballet's vice president of fundraising and marketing."It's all needs-based," she said. "We don't have an endowment so we raise all the funds ourselves to keep the ballet going."

The Brandon Ballet presents Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spoto High School Auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview. It's presented in partnership with the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps families of children fighting cancer.

For more on the Brandon Ballet, click here for Kevin Brady's story.

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:18am]


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