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Three New Board Members Join Center City Ballet

  • Lurie

    Lurie

  • Thompson

    Thompson

  • Lamontagne

    Lamontagne

  • Lurie
  • Thompson
  • Lamontagne

Lebanon — Three new board members recently joined City Center Ballet, a nonprofit ballet company in Lebanon. The ballet company also received a related financial boost.

Elizabeth Lurie, the ballet’s costume designer, has designed many of the company’s most eye-catching costumes over the past five years, the ballet said in a recent news release. Now a stay-at-home mom, Lurie also has a background in fundraising, earned through her development work with Student Conservation Association in Charlestown.

As Lurie joined the board, her parents, Ann and George Hackl, of Tuftonboro, N.H., set a fundraising challenge for the company. If it could raise $20,000 in six weeks, the Hackls would chip in $5,000. With Elizabeth Lurie’s help, the ballet raised $14,071 in donations. Fortunately, the Hackls “were lenient” and still donated the $5,000, the company said. The money was used to pay bills incurred by the April performance of The Sleeping Beauty.

Susan Lamontagne, a former Broadway performer, teaches Zumba classes in the ballet’s studio space. Her experience also includes four years working in nonprofits.

“The benefits of a company like City Center Ballet go beyond the benefit to the community,” Lamontagne said. “Even the dancers who don’t go on to dance professionally learn discipline and social skills that help them succeed in anything they do.”

Kimberly Thompson, a project coordinator at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, has performed with the ballet and now teaches modern dance classes for its sister company, Lebanon Ballet School. As a board member, she hopes to help the company “branch out further into the community and continue the board’s fundraising activities to ensure that CCB is here to stay,” she said.

The board will continue fundraising to finance upcoming performances, including Clara’s Dream: A Nutcracker Story, in December, and Alice in Wonderland next spring. — Staff report