2014 Membership brochure

Canton Ballet invites you to join its membership. Your support, along with operating and special project income from Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark and local foundations, helps ensure the outstanding educational opportunities and family entertainment for which Canton Ballet is so well known.

Member Categories/Benefits

As a Canton Ballet member you will receive the following benefits:

Lifetime Membership $5,000

Benefits described below plus two additional complimentary tickets to the Nutcracker Ball and two complimentary tickets each to Fall, Nutcracker and Spring seasons

Director’s Circle $1,000

Benefits described below plus an additional complimentary ticket to the Nutcracker Ball

Principal $500

Benefits described below plus one complimentary ticket to the Nutcracker Ball and a total 15% discount on School of Canton Ballet tuition

Soloist $275

Benefits described below plus 10% discount on School of Canton Ballet tuition

Corps de Ballet $200

Benefits described below plus a 5% discount on School of Canton Ballet tuition

Patron $150

Benefits described below plus an invitation for two to in-theatre dress rehearsal

Supporter $100

Benefits described below plus an invitation for two to observe company class

Friend $50

Membership listing in each season program book
Voting membership in Canton Ballet (age 18 years and older)
Invitation to an Opening Night Reception


In existence since 1965 and a highly regarded member of Regional Dance America for decades, the Company performs three annual seasons including its sparkling production of The Nutcracker each December, a holiday tradition for the Stark community and surrounding areas. Additional performance opportunities include in-theatre experiences for area students, other school and community outreach programs and an adjudicated performance at the prestigious annual RDA/Northeast Festival. The Ballet prepares its young dancers for success in a variety of careers. Besides receiving excellent training in classical ballet and other dance styles, they learn self discipline, creative problem solving, teamwork, self reliance, confidence and responsibility.


The School of Canton Ballet, with an enrollment of 300- plus children and adults, is known throughout Ohio for its excellence. Under the leadership of Cassandra Crowley for 29 years, the School is one of the finest preprofessional dance training centers in the country. Ms. Crowley places strong emphasis on staff development and excellence in classroom instruction. Her guidance assures the highest calibre of training for those who want to dance. Your membership contribution enables the School to engage special nationally known guest teachers and choreographers and makes possible a financial assistance program which provides tuition and dance attire for students in need.

Our 2014-15 Members

Lifetime Member $5,000

Kay & Timothy Belden

Barbara D’Atri

Jane Bingham Fawcett

Suanne Ferguson

Jennifer & Joseph Hellmann

Bessie Vlahos

Directors Circle $1,000

Jennifer & Joseph Hellmann

Pam Shaw & Thomas Roncevic

Principal $500    

Jean & Andrew Lescallett

Patricia A. Miller

Heather & Chip Null

Soloist $275

Cassandra Crowley

Catherine DiMaio

Donna & Bob Leibensperger

Deb & Steve Reifsnyder

Corps de Ballet $200

Jeanne & Don Coen

J. Jeannine & Ronald Mizer, Sr.

Patron $150

Jennifer & Aeron Burns

Peggy & Ed Cutcher

Heather & Tim Fabek

Supporter $100

Deby & Michael Barath

Kim & Jon Bellissimo

Ruth A. Carnahan

Mark Casper, Jr.

Natasha & Alex Fridman

Cyndi & Eric Halter

Lora & Anthony Harley

Mrs. Charles A. Heller, Jr.

Danielle & Dan Higgins

Caroline Kappel

Kimberly Kingsbury

Sharon & William Luntz

Kristen & Shawn Miller

Heather & Emmett Pennington

Carleen Risaliti*

Joan & Masid   Shaheen

Dennis Weaver

Harold Ziegler, Jr.

Lindsay & Brian Zimmerman

Friend $50

SueZanne Artzner

Michele & Ben Biery

Beth & Kirk Bletzacker

Dan Conley

Susan & Grant Cook

Cheli & John Curran

Amanda Evans

Megan & Michael Flickinger

Karen Coen Flynn

Thomas L. Friedman

Evrim Fulmer

Emily & Derek Gordon*

Julie & Dave Grasse*

David Lavine

Tracey Majors

Jacqueline Polnik

Maranda Saling

Jen Spring

Kimberly & Thomas Yankle

Robin Zollinger

Student $25

Myra Belcher

Sofia Conley

Elise Grasse *

Katie Hudec

Kathy Lineweaver

Martha McConnell

Savanah Miller

* Alumni