10 Hairy Legs

Address

P.O. Box 4452
Highland Park, NJ 08904
County: Middlesex
http://www.10HL.org

Contact

Ms. Elizabeth S. Sobo

Grant Amount

$20,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support for the creation of new work, and the expansion of programs and services.

Organization Background

Our mission is to explore and illustrate the role of the male dancer's extraordinary emotional and technical range in movement through the creation and performance of exceptional work that is accessible to the broadest possible audience.

The Professional Company:

With a core of 10 company members, we have established a 'home' season of anchor performances at 3 New Jersey venues (The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College's Major Artist Series, Crossroads Theatre and NJPAC), a multi-performance season in New York City at New York Live Arts and an annual tour to The Cayman Islands. We will build upon this by increasing touring out of state and by adding additional national appearances. We will continue to expand our repertory by adding new works from choreographers who are important in the field and will challenge, enlighten and spark the imagination of our artists, audience members, educators and students. Dodge's support enabled us to add 7 new works by 8 choreographers during our 2013-2014 season (3 of which were World Premieres; one with a newly composed score), and increase our reach to what we anticipate will be more than 12,000 artists, patrons, students and educators; up from 10,000 the previous year (our first full season of operations).

Infrastructure and Governance:

We continue to build our infrastructure and have made some significant advances including hiring a part time Education Coordinator, employing QuickBooks for record-keeping, further defining the administrative support role of our Assistant Director, adding one new board member to bring our total to 14 and launching a board-led Long-Range Strategic Planning Process which is due to be completed by the end of our current fiscal year.

Funding:

We have received several major grants from new sources: The O'Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation, The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Blanche & Irving Laure Foundation and the Hyde & Watson Foundation. In 2014-2014 we plan to ready ourselves to apply to national funding sources (NEA, Shubert) and NJSCA. We have increased the number of individual donors by 33% over last season, and continue to advance a culture of philanthropy within the organization.

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