City Center Ballet  Expands Board

Lebanon — City Center Ballet has received two grants to support its operations and annual holiday performances.

The nonprofit received $500 from the Sweetwater Hill Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation for operating expenses, and $7,500 from the Lane and Elizabeth C. Dwinell Charitable Trust to support Clara’s Dream, A Nutcracker Story.

In a recent news release, Artistic Director Linda Copp said she hopes the 14-year-old company company will grow in the coming years, and she is seeking additional funding.

Board Chairman Thomas Drinane said the company is working to build broad community support by increasing its outreach efforts and expanding. It recently added four new members:

John Cocklin, economics and social science data librarian at Dartmouth College, has a daughter who dances with the City Center Ballet. Cocklin, who has an MBA, plans to help the ballet grow through marketing and outreach. Marguerite Bauch is branch manager for Mascoma Bank on Route 120 in Lebanon. Bauch, who took ballet classes in college, said she likes the fact that ballet works with kids. Kevin Gould, the business manager at Gerrish Honda in Lebanon, has attended company performances and helped with its fundraisers. Heidi White is a freelance writer and communications specialist who recently helped the ballet with marketing efforts.

“We want people in the community to recognize (City Center Ballet) and take ownership of (it),” Copp said.