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Northeast Youth Ballet, Inc.

 32 Lowell Street
 Reading, MA 01867
[P] (781) 944-9100
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www.northeastyouthballet.org
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INCORPORATED: 1996
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EIN 04-3338719

LAST UPDATED: 08/20/2015
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

NYB was established in 1996 as a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company with a mission of providing educational opportunities for youth, setting the highest standards for dance and playing an active role in the community.  Our goal is to educate children and individuals of all ages about ballet through participation in dance productions or opportunities to attend performances.  

Mission Statement

NYB was established in 1996 as a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company with a mission of providing educational opportunities for youth, setting the highest standards for dance and playing an active role in the community.  Our goal is to educate children and individuals of all ages about ballet through participation in dance productions or opportunities to attend performances.  

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2013 to Sept 30, 2014
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $120,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Annual Productions for Young Dancers
  • NYB Dance Productions

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

NYB was established in 1996 as a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company with a mission of providing educational opportunities for youth, setting the highest standards for dance and playing an active role in the community.  Our goal is to educate children and individuals of all ages about ballet through participation in dance productions or opportunities to attend performances.  

Background Statement

Northeast Youth Ballet was founded in 1996 in Melrose, MA, by Denise Cecere and Sandra McNaught. The company began with plans to produce and promote its debut production of the classical ballet Cinderella, with 75 children performing the dance roles. The WBZ art editor wrote, “under the direction of Denise Cecere this production is elegant and tasteful . . . these are talented young dancers.”
The founders and artistic directors of NYB share a long-standing belief in the ballet tradition of “training first, performing second” - young people first need a solid education in the art of ballet as a foundation before undertaking performance opportunities. With that tradition in mind, Northeast Youth Ballet is the nonprofit performing affiliate of the well-established and highly regarded 42-year old Northeast School of Ballet, the official training school for NYB.
 

Impact Statement

Last year, NYB encouraged and inspired hundreds of children from dozens of communities north of Boston, Massachusetts, by providing them with opportunities to dance in full-length ballet or repertory productions. Each year, NYB welcomes internationally renown guest artists who hail from across American and the globe. Our students experience the thrill of working in a professional environment amongst accomplished dancers and expert technicians, stage crew, managers and directors. Participants come from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, which creates a multicultural experience for the children to work within. 

In 2013, NYB collaborated with the Roxey Ballet from New Jersey as part of our annual cultural exchange program.  NYB hopes to expand  this program beyond our current geographic reach into other American cities, and eventually to one day be an international exchange program, exposing our young dancers to a wider array of cultures and experiences. This would be a means for our dancers and corresponding host families to gain understanding of other nations and cultures, other forms of dance, and other directors and choreographers.

Each year, NYB provides scholarships to students who are unable to afford participation fees.  NYB would like to expand our giving to establish a scholarship fund that would allow potential students requiring financial assistance to begin or continue a course of ballet study at Northeast School of Ballet or a recognized dance school in their area. The scholarship ideally would cover the cost of annual dance training, dance wear, and audition and participation fees.

NYB is fortunate to have incredibly talented staff.  We allow our staff the freedom to choreograph dance productions, which is tremendously gratifying for the instructors and students alike.  Many of our staff members volunteer their time in order to make our productions a success.  Thus, we would like to increase compensation for staff and management positions to reflect a competitive market level for their work performed. Some key staff have volunteered their time and professional skills for the 18 years of the company’s existence without compensation.

Needs Statement

NYB's most pressing financial needs are these:
  1. To raise $30,000 so that we can be in a sound financial position for our annual Nutcracker production.
  2. To raise an additional $50,000 so that we can provide other performance opportunities for our youth.
  3. To raise $25,000 for a scholarship fund that would provide free performance opportunities, leotards, and ballet shoes to students who cannot otherwise afford to participate.
  4. To raise $50,000 to fund and/or increase compensation for our staff.
  5. To find more sponsors for our STARS (Special Tickets Available for Regional Services) program which provides complimentary tickets for senior citizens, underprivileged children, military families, and special needs groups.

CEO Statement

As a service provider, Northeast Youth Ballet offers one of the most well-rounded choices for after-school activity for over 200 children in communities primarily north of Boston. Ballet training combines physical, mental and artistic training in one discipline, and the study of ballet inspires creativity, encourages discipline, and instills confidence in young people.

For many dance students, their annual school recital is their only performance opportunity. NYB provides young children one of very few opportunities available on the North Shore to apply the skills they have been learning at their dance schools in a high quality, fully staged, professional work environment among seasoned technicians and other theatre professionals. While very few professional ballet companies reserve roles for children, NYB provides a rare and extraordinary opportunity for children to be cast in the majority of roles. Young students of varying technical levels and years of experience from dance schools all over the North Shore are invited to audition and perform, and NYB is inclusive: all children who audition for our annual full-length Nutcracker production are cast. The thrill of performing to a live audience instills a sense of reward for the students’ disciplined hard work and a sense of accomplishment in realizing a mastery of their skills.

The visiting guest artists serve as mentors to young dancers, helping to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the professional world of dance. Having outside professional dancers train, rehearse and perform with the company creates a professional atmosphere and provides students with an unparalleled experience and strong work ethic. NYB dancers have had the opportunity to dance along-side seasoned professionals from around the world, including New York, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. 

As an arts provider, Northeast Youth Ballet contributes to the fabric of the performing arts scene on the North Shore. NYB offers audiences in communities north of Boston access to high quality ballet productions that are affordable and conveniently close to home. The company currently has over 35 works in its repertoire. These include such beloved classics as The Nutcracker and Cinderella, but this highly innovative and progressive company has also presented numerous new and original works and is also credited with debuting several original works unique to the Greater Boston area.

NYB’s educational and outreach programs allow the company to reach new, often underserved audiences, many of whom have never seen a live ballet or theatre performance. NYB programs bring awareness and understanding of the performing arts, in a very accessible manner, to a large and diverse audience, with an emphasis on children, who will be our arts patrons of the future.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

We serve the greater Boston area and communities north of Boston, including the cities of Andover, Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Everett, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Billerica, North Reading, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Wilmington, and Winchester.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Ballet
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Educational Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Annual Productions for Young Dancers

The founders and artistic directors of NYB share a long-standing belief in the ballet tradition of “training first, performing second” - young people first need a solid education in the art of ballet as a foundation before undertaking performance opportunities.  With that tradition in mind, Northeast Youth Ballet is the nonprofit performing affiliate of the well-established and highly regarded 43-year old Northeast School of Ballet, the official training school for NYB.   Northeast Youth Ballet produces professional ballets in which children fill the dance roles, and major local performing will always be the primary focus of the company.  NYB provides young children one of very few opportunities available on the North Shore to apply the skills they have been learning at their dance schools in a high quality, fully staged, professional work environment among seasoned technicians and other stage professionals. While very few professional ballet companies reserve roles for children, NYB provides a rare and extraordinary opportunity for children to be cast in the majority of roles and perform alongside world renowned guest artists.  Young students of varying technical levels and years of experience from dance schools all over the North Shore are invited to audition and perform, and NYB is inclusive: all children who audition for our annual full-length Nutcracker production are cast.
Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  NYB's immediate goals are as follows:
 
1. Continue to stage high quality ballets that provide performance opportunities for young students of area dance schools
2. Actively build the company’s repertoire, presenting various styles of dance that will challenge and inspire artists, and engage choreographers, composers, and designers to collaborate as often as possible
3. Provide a nurturing and creative outlet where young children develop confidence, artistic expression, discipline, and an awareness of the arts
4. Be a good partner in community development, fostering cultural vibrancy on the North Shore by providing affordable access to professionally staged ballets
5. Developing new audiences and ballet enthusiasts through our outreach and educational programs
Program Long-Term Success 

The main focus of Northeast Youth Ballet will always be the continuous annual production of ballets, both classical and new works, that provide quality performing opportunities for young dance students and that develop cultural arts in our community. NYB aspires to grow into a world-class organization that may one day allow students to perform both nationally and internationally. .

NYB hopes to expand the cultural exchange program beyond our current geographic reach into other American cities, and eventually to one day be an international exchange program, exposing our young dancers to a wider array of cultures and experiences. This would be a means for our dancers and corresponding host families to gain understanding of other nations and cultures, other forms of dance, and other directors and choreographers.

Northeast Youth Ballet would like to establish a scholarship fund that would allow potential students requiring financial assistance to begin or continue a course of ballet study at Northeast School of Ballet or a recognized dance school in their area. The scholarship ideally would cover the cost of annual dance training, dance wear, and audition and participation fees.

NYB would like to increase compensation for staff and management positions to reflect a competitive market level for their work performed. Some key staff have volunteered their time and professional skills for the 18 years of the company’s existence without compensation.
Program Success Monitored By 

Key indicators of NYB’s success are measured by examining the quality of each production, our ability to continue to draw young talented dancers, volunteers and a supportive audience year after year. NYB is able to track data-driven measures of success such as:

Number of audience members by community (roughly)

Number of youth who auditioned by community

Number of youth participating in the show by community

Number of audience members reached is lecture demonstrations

Examples of Program Success 

“Northeast Youth Ballet gave us so many performance opportunities - more than any other place that I know of in the area.”

Alexandra Daniels, NYB former student and professional dancer

“I have to say not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the joy you brought to my childhood.”

 Kerry Lane, NYB former student and professional dancer

“NYB is an important influence on our young girls and the young men who are lucky enough to belong to this supportive group of teachers. I have seen many young girls at the studio grow to be mature and secure young women. NYB’s leadership had an influence in developing these young people.”

Dr. Brian Orr, pediatrician

“Their artistry, technique and depth are way beyond their years. Your group is destined for greatness."

Mark A. Roxey, Executive Director, Roxey Ballet

“If something is professional and good caliber, it educates parents and children into expecting higher. McNaught and Cecere are the vehicle to do it.”

The Boston Globe

“For such young adults, the NYB dancers have reached a level of professionalism that is far beyond their years.”

Mary Mazzulli, Artistic Director of Rainbow Tribe

“A ballet company that brings together the finest ballet students of the North Shore.”

WBZ Channel 4

“The Nutcracker is a stunning production of dance and design.”

Medford Daily Mercury

 
 
 
 

NYB Dance Productions

Northeast Youth Ballet currently presents full-length ballets and repertory performances during its season. The season opens with The Nutcracker, involving over 200 amateur dancers from dozens of communities surrounding the Greater Boston area. Six performances are held at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover, MA, a 1203 seat theatre ideal to accommodate the professional sets and cast. In house productions  are also held throughout the year at Northeast School of Ballet's studio theater, 32 Lowell St, Reading MA. 01867. 
 
NYB has an active outreach program, know as STARS, to benefit students, senior citizens, special needs individuals and disadvantaged families. This program opens performances to these individuals at little or no cost, encouraging and educating a segment of the community who otherwise may not have the chance to attend such a culturally enriching event.
 
NYB recognizes the importance of the performing arts as an integral component of the community. Because of this commitment, the company travels to local schools and presents lecture-demonstrations that encourages student involvement in all aspects of theatre. School children learn the history of classical ballet, enjoy an hour-long performance and meet the company members. The interest demonstrated by students is contagious and NYB's demonstrations have been well received. Many students who first saw NYB in their classrooms are now performing with our ballet.
 
As part of NYB's efforts to develop the potential of its young dancers, it engages in a cultural exchange program with other dance companies in Massachusetts and beyond.  The purpose of this cultural exchange program is to share the talents of the Artistic Directors from different companies with all the young dancers involved and to provide students with the enriching experience of learning with others from diverse communities and backgrounds.
Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  The short-term successes of NYB are in student experiences resulting from performances.  Each performance serves as an inspirational challenge for our students, and they come away from a production with a sense of growth, camaraderie, and accomplishment.
Program Long-Term Success 
Further financial support will enable NYB to produce more ballets and thus allow our students more performance opportunities.  Dancers yearn to perform, and our Artistic Director has choreographed dozens of ballets for our students.  Our aim is to produce several full-length ballets each year.
 
NYB's long-term success is in its students.  Our students describe our organization as a "family," and say that they have learned poise, discipline, and appreciation for music from being part of our community.  The students who train with us for many years until they graduate from high school reap an additional reward for their hard work in the form of scholarships to colleges and universities.  In addition to providing our youth with exercise and a creative outlet for expression, ballet instills confidence and the ability to perform publicly:  skills which serve our students well throughout their lives.
Program Success Monitored By 

The professional staff and Board of Northeast Youth Ballet monitors finances, program efficacy and growth projections. NYB develops production budgets for each ballet produced, as well as an established annual budget process. 

Key indicators of NYB’s success are measured by examining the quality of each production, our ability to continue to draw young talented dancers, volunteers and a supportive audience year after year. NYB is able to track data-driven measures of success such as:

Number of audience members by community (roughly)

Number of youth who auditioned by community

Number of youth participating in the show by community

Number of audience reached via lecture demonstrations
Examples of Program Success 

· “My experiences at NYB have helped me grow in all aspects of my life. I have gained confidence, discipline, and a love of all art from the instruction and encouragement of the teachers and mentors. There is so much support and encouragement that makes you feel comfortable enough to take risks and explore your potential.”… Alexandra Daniels, Alumna and Professional Dancer

· “I have to say not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the joy you brought to my childhood.”… Kerry Lane, Alumna and Professional Dancer

· “The impact you have made on my children’s lives is unbelievable…please know I’m forever grateful”…Parent

· “Thank you for all you have done to encourage, nurture, teach and foster my daughter’s love for dance. The faculty has made her training such a positive experience”…Parent

· “Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to create and perform, it has meant so much to be embraced by your wonderful community”…Accompanist

· “Their artistry, technique and depth are way beyond their years. Your students are destined for greatness”… Mark Roxey, Artistic Director of Roxey Ballet

· “NYB is an important influence on our young girls and the young men who are lucky enough to belong to this supportive group of teachers. I have seen many young girls at the studio grow to be mature and secure young women. NYB’s leadership had an influence in developing these young people.”… Dr. Brian Orr, Pediatrician


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The “dance boom” - the period between the 1960’s and 1980’s “marked by explosive growth in the number of companies, eager audiences . . . and an abundance of new funding opportunities” - is over.

Federal governmental support for the arts in general began to decline in the 1980s and continues to do so. According to a 2003 NEA research study by Thomas Smith on the state of American dance companies, ballet companies suffered the largest decrease in support from the NEA between 1988 to 2000, with the average NEA grant dropping 82% during this period. As sources of funding continue to shrink, funding priorities tend to focus more on immediate social needs, and arts organizations find themselves competing for funding with valid and important social services agencies addressing homelessness, poverty, healthcare and other pressing issues. In general, funding for the arts has not kept pace with allocations to these other sectors, according to the NEA, and they report that ballet companies took nearly six years to recover from the 1990/91 economic recession.

Despite these challenges, Douglas C. Sonntag, 2003 Director of Dance for the NEA optimistically cites a perceived resiliency of American dance: “The nonprofit model for developing a dance company has shown its ability to adapt to ever evolving conditions while still providing a framework in which artists can work. Historically, American dance has responded to the challenges of the moment with artistry, ingenuity, wit, and tenacity—all signs of hope for a lively new century.”

We are now squarely in that new century, and 2008 brought another economic crisis. While signs now point to recovery, arts nonprofits are generally still feeling the pinch due to the lag that nonprofits feel in recession periods as compared to the business community. NYB certainly suffered our share of setbacks, including a studio fire, and a significant decline in individual, corporate and government support that forced the cancelation of an important performance in our 2010 season. But with responsible fiscal management, the organization has weathered the storm, and looks forward to launching our 2014-2015 season, which will include our beloved Nutcracker production.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Denise Cecere
CEO Term Start Dec 1996
CEO Email dcecere@northeastyouthballet.org
CEO Experience Denise Cecere, Founder and Artistic Director of Northeast Youth Ballet, brings a wealth of experience to this company. She received her early training at Sandra Marie's School of Ballet. Ms. Cecere then became a scholarship student at Boston Repertory Ballet and Boston Ballet, and later trained at the School of American Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She danced with the Boston Ballet appearing in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and the 20th Anniversary Gala. She was principal dancer with Ballet Theatre of Boston under the direction of Jose Mateo, dancing in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and many other contemporary ballets. Ms. Cecere was Principal Guest Artist with the North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, Alaska under the direction of Norman Shelburne appearing in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and The Flower Festival. Her guest appearances have taken her internationally. As a choreographer and artistic director, she has staged many productions of classical repertoire and contemporary works. She was a participant in Japan's International Choreographers competition in 1991. In addition, Ms. Cecere is currently the director of the Northeast School of Ballet in Melrose, Massachusetts. Sandra McNaught founded Northeast Youth Ballet with Ms. Cecere. She began her early dance training in Melrose at Virginia Sawyer School of Ballet. She studied with Adolph Robiceau at the Beacon Hill Academy of Ballet, and attended the Boston Conservatory as a dance major. A certified member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston associated with the American Society of Dance Teachers, Ms. McNaught has taught at the Robiceau Academy, Adult Center of Boston and the Rik Ketcke Ballet School. She is also the founder of Sandra Marie's School of Ballet (now the Northeast School of Ballet).
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Caitlin O'Connor Assistant to the Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Sandra M McNaught
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A
Board Chair Term Dec 1996 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Constance Castro N/A Voting
Denise Cecere N/A Voting
Ralph Cecere N/A Voting
Thomas Graf N/A Voting
Marie Johnson N/A Voting
Sandra McNaught N/A Voting
Leanne Sera Jose N/A Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2013 to Sept 30, 2014
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $120,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990EZ

2012 Form 990EZ

2011 Form 990EZ

Audit Documents

2013 Profit and Loss Statement, NYB

2012 Profit and Loss Statement, NYB

2011 Profit and Loss Statement, NYB

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $108,074 $102,696 $24,093
Total Expenses $115,352 $99,065 $23,992

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $10,290 $9,745 $10,007
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $97,784 $91,491 $9,386
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $1,460 $4,700
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $115,352 $99,065 $23,992
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 1.04 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $14,505 $15,257 $15,235
Current Assets $4,596 $5,348 $9,253
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $6,526 $0 $3,609
Total Net Assets $7,979 $15,257 $11,626

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.70 -- 2.56

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990EZ's. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Profit and Loss Statements, per the nonprofit, are posted above for your reference, reflecting calendar years 2013, 2012 and 2011.
 
Please note, the Program Expense total data for fiscal years 2013, 2012 and 2011 is per the Form PC on file with the state of MA.
 

Documents


Other Documents

Testimonials (2013)

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

NYB's overarching goal is to provide a nurturing and creative outlet where young students develop confidence, artistic expression, discipline, and an awareness of the arts.  We intend to accomplish this goal by providing inspirational dance roles during each season for at least 200 students age six through college age from dance schools throughout Boston's North Shore.  

As an arts provider, NYB contributes to the fabric of the performing arts scene on the North Shore. NYB offers audiences in communities north of Boston access to high quality ballet productions that are affordable and conveniently close to home. The company currently has over 35 works in its repertoire. These include such beloved classics as The Nutcracker and Cinderella, but this highly innovative and progressive company has also presented numerous new and original works and is also credited with debuting several original works unique to the Greater Boston area.

NYB’s educational and outreach programs allow the company to reach new, often underserved audiences, many of whom have never seen a live ballet or theatre performance. NYB programs bring awareness and understanding of the performing arts, in a very accessible manner, to a large and diverse audience, with an emphasis on children, who will be our arts patrons of the future.

NYB's long-term goals are as follows:
  • Continue to stage high quality ballets that provide performance opportunities for young students of area dance schools
  • Continue to invite international guest artists to dance with and mentor our students
  •  Actively build the company’s repertoire, presenting various styles of dance that will challenge and inspire artists, and engage choreographers, composers, and designers to collaborate as often as possible
  • Develop new audience members and ballet enthusiasts through our outreach and educational programs, including our STARS program that provides tickets to senior citizens, disabled persons, military families and underprivileged children.
  • Expand and grow the cultural exchange program outside NYB’s current geographic exchange reach, including international exchanges
  • Expand our scholarship program to provide dance opportunities to students who cannot otherwise afford to participate
The impact of our work is directly felt by our students and audience members.  The students grow in innumerable ways, including the development of poise, confidence, discipline, organization, artistic expression, musicality, and camaraderie.  They experience the thrill of being in professional productions and embrace the associated responsibilities.  Perhaps most importantly, the students experience joy and fulfillment.
 
Our audience members are consistently impressed by the caliber of our productions, which are, as one audience member said, "organized: and "confidently run."  Audience members find the student performances to be uplifting and inspirational.  Praise by audience members who attended our 2013 Nutcracker includes comments such as:  
  • "You give [the students] the gift of artistry, the love of dance and performing, confidence and self-esteem." 
  • "[O]ne of the things that impresses me most about NYB is that the school is both extremely professional AND enjoyable with a joyfulness in the students that is contagious."  
  • "We've seen more than one 'version' of the Nutcracker... and none was better than the amazing performances that NYB put on." 
  • And, from an organizer who brought a group of STARS ticket recipients:  "I have received many calls from the attendees... raving about what a wonderful performance."

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

NYB intends to accomplish its goals through the following strategies:
 
Improve marketing efforts to increase awareness of NYB and the high quality of our productions that will result in increased box office sales without raising ticket prices:
  • Bring the NYB newsletter online, with an email list of at least 500 by 2015
  • Produce a short video highlighting NYB’s mission and work
  • Advertise Nutcracker and other performances broadly, using public access television, mailings, posters, email, social networking, other
  • Partner with three hotels and/or travel & tourism outlets during holiday season to promote Nutcracker ticket sales
  • Direct ticket sales of at least 5,000
Further develop individual, corporate and foundation support to ensure a fiscally sound and viable organization capable of realizing the aforementioned goals:
  • Develop Board of Directors to consist of nine members representing a robust array of skills, including performing arts, legal, marketing, business management
  • Secure $15,000  in individual support this fiscal year
  • Increase corporate member benefits, and secure $50,000 in corporate support this fiscal year
  • Identify and secure $30,000 in foundation support this fiscal year

 


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

NYB has been fortunate to enjoy the support of local businesses, organizations, and families. Through our “Partner with Purpose Campaign,” we have received generous financial backing from businesses such as General Electric, Whole Foods, Reading Cooperative Bank, Kelly’s Roast Beef, Liberty Bell, The Dockside, Bruegger’s, Giggles, 5 Below, and Prince Pizza.

NYB relies on the support of a large and dedicated group of volunteers. Northeast School of Ballet donates rehearsal space. Massive sets are stored in kind at Marty’s Furniture in Melrose. Set design, and costume design, construction and repair have all been donated by talented notable professionals. Roughly 100 more dedicated volunteers perform services such as graphic design, marketing, fundraising, and many responsibilities during ballet production, such as ushering, backstage assistants, costumes, makeup, child supervision, and more.

 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The professional staff and Board of Northeast Youth Ballet monitor finances, program efficacy and growth projections.  NYB develops production budgets for each ballet produced, as well as an established annual budget process. At each board meeting, the budget and current financial statements are reviewed by the Board with comments provided by the Treasurer. NYB regularly employs the services of an external auditor.

Key indicators of NYB’s success are measured by examining the quality of each production, our ability to continue to draw young talented dancers, volunteers and a supportive audience year after year. NYB is able to track data-driven measures of success such as:

 

  • Number of audience members by community (roughly)
  • Number of youth who auditioned by community
  • Number of youth participating in the show by community
  • Number of audience reached in lecture demonstrations

 


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

 With the kickoff of this next season, NYB will celebrate its 19th anniversary. What began as one Cinderella story in 1996 with 75 dancers on a small stage and a team of dedicated volunteers has grown to a company that includes hundreds of dancers, international guest artists and mentors, award-winning choreographers, countless volunteers, a repertoire of over 35 classical and contemporary ballets, and a loyal audience of patrons from the Northeast.