Atlantic City Ballet


Boardwalk Hall
2301 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
County: Atlantic


Mr. Michael Hoebler

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For general operating support and capacity building of the Atlantic City Ballet.

Organization Background

The Atlantic City Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the highest quality classical and contemporary dance to audiences of all ages and cultures, with a primary focus on audiences in Southern New Jersey and the surrounding area.

In 1982, Founding Artistic Director Phyllis Papa, a celebrated dancer in her own right, established The Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre. The ACBT enjoyed long runs at several casinos in Atlantic City, including The Tropicana, Harrah's, Resorts and The Playboy. During this period the name of the company was changed to The Atlantic City Ballet. Unfortunately, the company's rehearsal studios at The All Wars Memorial Building were shuttered and ACBT had to find a new home. Over the years, The AC Ballet became the resident dance company at Atlantic Cape Community College (Mays Landing, NJ) and Richard Stockton College in New Jersey (Pomona, NJ), and the Keswick Theatre (Glenside, PA). From 2007 to 2010, in cooperation with the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, AC Ballet conducted rehearsals at Adrian Phillips Auditorium in Boardwalk Hall, however because of a lack of heat during the winter months, the venue was not a desirable location.

With generous assistance from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in the form of a capital grant, major renovations were made to portions of Boardwalk Hall to construct office space and rehearsal studios for the company. In the spring of 2014, The Atlantic City Ballet officially moved their headquarters into the historic venue. The company also found a new home for performances at The Celebrity Theater in The Claridge Hotel (Atlantic City).

The AC Ballet presents the time-honored traditions of ballet with classical repertoire, as well as innovative contemporary works, performed by an international company of 24 professional dancers, including 8 apprentices. The company has established several educational outreach initiatives, including Everyday Dance, a program that brings the ballet to schools with performances and discussion. In 1999, Ms. Papa founded The ACBT Performing Arts Academy, the official school of the Atlantic City Ballet. The Academy houses the International Trainee and Apprentice Program (ITAP), the ACBT International Performing Arts Camps and dance classes year-round.

Since its inception, an estimated 180,000 people have attended performances presented by the AC Ballet and more than 11,000 community members have participated in outreach initiatives.

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