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December 21st, 2020

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"Donors are responding positivily  but there is fear," said Katie Smythe, New Ballet Emsemble CEO

Smythe said this has been a challenging year. While donors are continuing to give and be supportive, Smythe said there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in the future. The ballet school normally teaches 600 students a week through the program with Shelby County Schools and students who train in their studio and who are part of their youth development program.

"We pick them up we provide transportation, tutoring afterschool mentoring we have an entire youth development program around what we do," said Smythe.

Smythe said they had to move programs online and cancel 3 productions but she feels fortunate the school has a variety of income streams unlike some performing arts groups.

Smith said while the bottom line of many performing arts groups has been seriously affected, there is a silver lining, Smythe said it brought many in the art community together..

"We realized how much we loved each other. We really care and we don't want anyone to fail. We want to make it thru this," said Smythe.

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