It is with a heavy heart that we announce publicly that San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet is closing its doors at the end of August, 2021. We performed our final public performance for the San Antonio Lutheran Coronation on Saturday, June 13th and our final Dance Kaleidoscope performance aired from June 7th-25th.
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, which started out as two companies - The Moving Experience created by Susan B. Connally and San Antonio Dance Theatre created by Patricia Gilroy - both respectively in 1983, merged in 1987 to form a beautiful , robust company under the name San Antonio Dance Theatre. The company name changed to San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet in 1995. Over the past 37 years, SAMB's memorable highlights have included:
While the 2020-2021 COVID Pandemic has been hard on many industries, it has been especially hard on those industries that rely on people in seats - theatre, dance, restaurants/hospitality, etc. We did our best to pivot and navigate this unprecedented time - taking our concerts online, doing virtual and hybrid rehearsals, learning how to dance in masks with social distancing. With all of our efforts, we were just unable to bring in the necessary funds to keep the show running. This, partnered with new city regulations making our company ineligible to apply for operational funding, we made the tough decision to close our doors.
We want to thank all of our donors who have supported us these many years. We could not have accomplished all that we have without you - especially to foundations such as the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. We appreciate everything you have offered to our organization.
At this time, we will be selling off all of our assets to make up for the revenue we have lost over the past two years. We are starting with a sale of boutique inventory. If you want to purchase some of the memorabilia from years past - check out our online store, https://www.sametballetmarket.com/ - or if you are in town, we will be at the studio on Saturday, July 31st from 12 - 4 PM to sell to you in person. We will be selling items on additional days - you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed hours.
We wish everyone the best and hope you still dance - onstage and in the aisles.
With much love and appreciation,
Susan Beil Connally, Artistic Director and
Karin Connally Heiden, Executive & Associate Artistic Director
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San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet's mission is to provide a profession dance experience in a pre-professional setting. All Rights Reserved. Photos: Richard Calmes, Mike Connally, Sharen Bradford, Serkan Zanagar, Amitava Sarkar, Julian Cordero, Jack Braden, and Jeff Truitt.
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