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:


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 2017-18 Members

Lifetime Member $5,000

Kay & Timothy Belden

Jeanne Coen

Barbara D’Atri

Jane Bingham Fawcett

Suanne Ferguson

Joseph C. Guthier*

Jennifer & Joseph Hellmann

Bessie Vlahos*

Directors Circle $1,000

Elizabeth & Mark Butterworth

Jennifer & Joseph Hellmann

Pam Shaw & Thomas Roncevic

Principal $500    

Bebe & Tom Bernabei

Catherine DiMaio

Maria Charif & Firas Hamdan

Jean & Andrew Lescallett

Anne Shaheen*


Soloist $275

Tom M. Ascani

Cassandra Crowley

Kim Kingsbury


Corps de Ballet $200

Mary Lou Ianni

Heather & Tim Fabek

Julie & Dave Grasse*

Joy Jeannine & Ronald Mizer, Sr.

Christine & Donald Peterson, III

Carleen Risaliti*

Patron $150

Angela & Todd Ayotte*

Jennifer & Aeron Burns

Penny & Don Hare

Donna & Bob Leibensperger

Supporter $100

Peggy & Michael Abrams

Kristine & Emil Alecusan

SueZanne Artzner

Deby & Michael Barath

Irene & Doug Barker

Ruth Ann Carnahan

Susan & Grant Cook

Christy Donnelly*

Natasha & Alex Fridman

Cyndi & Eric Halter

Robin & Woody Hannold

Helen J. Heller

Kate & Robert Hendry

Danielle & Dan Higgins

Sherri & Tom Jackson

Leslie & Lee Kuntz

Janet & Greg Luntz

Sharon & William Luntz

Brigitte Martineau

Gail & Joe Martino

Ellen & Wesley McMillen

Menka Misheff*

Inez Morelli

Jill Morgan

Robert B. Neading

Debra & Steven Reifsnyder

Dr. & Mrs. Masid Shaheen

Sara & Jim Steigerwald

Anita & Scott Williams

Kimberly & Thomas Yankle

Friend $50

Ruth & Vic Bazzoli

Michelle & Ben Biery

Kim & Jon Bellissimo

Ashley Bettis*

Beth & Kirk Bletzacker

Allison & Jim Chiofolo

Karen Coen Flynn

Ed & Peggy Cutcher

Deborah & Benjamin Elsass

Bobbie & Geoffrey Gordon

Emily & Derek Gordon*

Elise Grasse*

Lora L. Harley

Jennifer & John Hayward*

Renata Kaplan*

Caroline Kappel

George M. Kelly

Anna Lescallett*

Marcella & David Levine

Kathy & Daniel Lineweaver

Amie Lynn

Megan McCrea

Amy & Mark Memmer

Kim & Randy Muth

Dana L. Patterson

Brenda Petsy

Michelle Rodriguez

David Roberts

Thomas Sabella

Erin & Nick Szekeres

Robin & Clint Zollinger

Student $25

Penny & Jim Frederick

Victoria & Mike Kerr

Martha McConnell

Karen A. & Scott W. Schick

* Alumni