The Savannah Dance Festival is looking for creative assistance in Marketing, Publicity, Fundraising and Social Media in order to promote our next event, Alex Ketley’s No Hero, a documentary film with live performance on October 26, 2013, at Armstrong Atlantic State University. For more information please see www.alexketley.com.
Please contact Bobbie Shelton @ firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 656-8435.
A Few Past Sponsorships/Fundraising Events
April 25, 2013: The Savannah Dance Festival sponsored a Master Class and Mini Performance by the Joffrey Concert Group at Savannah Arts Academy. The Joffrey Concert Group is the performance division of the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School. The Joffrey Concert Group, founded in 1981 by Robert Joffrey, performs work of co-founder Gerald Arpino and of its current Artistic Director Davis Robertson, as well as Brian McSween. The JCG is made up of the highest level of trainees at the school who range in age from 17 to 23, with a majority being post high school and pre-professional dancers. Brian McSween, Associate Artistic Director of the JCG, conducted the Master Class.
“Having the Joffrey Concert Group at SAA was such an incredible learning opportunity for our students. They were so inspired by Brian’s teaching and by the dancers’ performance. We are so grateful to the Savannah Dance Festival for providing invaluable exposure to this level of artistry, since many of our students are not able to travel to see companies like Joffrey”, comments Christine Shawl, Director of the Dance Department at SAA.
“In keeping with our mission of inspiring and educating young dance students, we were happy to introduce a group of this caliber to the SAA dance students. We are also grateful to the parents of SAA students who volunteered and opened their homes to the Joffrey dancers during their stay in Savannah” states SDF President, Bobbie Shelton.
September 23, 2012: The film, PINA, was presented in collaboration with the Psychotronic Film Society and was screened three times at the Muse Arts Warehouse with a portion of the ticket sales donated to the Savannah Dance Festival. Wim Wenders’s 3-D dance documentary film is a tribute to the life and work of the late German modern dancer and choreographer, Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Wenders received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature in 2012. The film captures selections of her work performed by members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, the group that she took over in 1973.
August 12, 2012: The film, First Position, winner of the Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened three times at the Muse Arts Warehouse in collaboration with the Psychotronic Film Society with a portion of the ticket sales donated to the Savannah Dance Festival. Bess Kargman’s award-winning, box office hit documentary, follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow. First Position had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was named the audience choice’s 1st runner-up for Best Documentary. It also won the Jury Prize at the San Francisco Doc Fest, the audience award for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival, the audience award for Best Documentary at the Portland International Film Festival, and the audience award for Best Documentary at DOC NYC.
February 14, 2012: Casablanca, our first gala fundraiser was held at the Jepson Center on Valentine’s Day and hosted by Stratton and Mary Leopold, owners of Leopold’s Ice Cream. It was catered by Leoci’s and featured commentary by special guest, American Dance Festival Co-Dean, Gerri Houlihan. Ms. Houlihan presented two pieces of her own choreography with dancers from the Florida State University Dance department. They performed alongside local dancers including Savannah Dance Festival founding member, Ms. Karen Burns. Live music was provided by the Jody Espina Jazz Quartet. While in Savannah, Ms. Houlihan conducted a Master Class at Savannah College of Art and Design and Savannah Arts Academy sponsored by the Savannah Dance Festival.
President Pat Alley and Stratton Leopold were interviewed at the event by WJCL News with Jenifer Andrews and the interview was broadcast that evening. A full page photo spread dedicated to the fundraiser was published in the Bunny in the City Sunday column in the Savannah Morning News.
“To Educate, Inspire and Promote the Art of Dance”
Savannah Dance Festival
PO Box 13691
Savannah, GA 31416
A 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization