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Support the Arts – Receive a Substantial Tax Credit!

Posted on 6.6.22 in Blog

Each year, nearly 4,000 area students thrill to the beauty of ballet and live orchestral music during The Nutcracker for Students arts education program. Businesses can support this tradition and receive a substantial tax credit by contributing to the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

 Why contribute to the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley?

**The arts are key to a high quality of life

**Children of all income levels participate

**Teachers receive arts education resources to extend this experience

We hope we can count on your support!

We invite you to support The Nutcracker for Students Program by contributing through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Pennsylvania has recognized The Nutcracker for Students as an innovative education program under the EITC program. By making a qualified corporate contribution, your company will be eligible for a tax credit equal to 75 percent of your contribution, up to $750,000, and in some cases, up to 90 percent of your contribution.

 To learn more:

The Nutcracker for Students Program: EITC – The Nutcracker for Students

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Opportunity: EITC PA – Opportunity

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

 Please email us with any questions at pyb@rcn.com

Peter Pan, The Ballet – tickets on sale now!

Posted on 4.12.22 in Blog

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 2:00 pm

Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Click here for tickets!

Based on the beloved story by J.M. Barrie, this family-friendly ballet is for the young at heart, and speaks to that part of us that never wants to grow up. “All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!” Join John, Michael and Wendy as Peter takes them past the second star to right, where adventure awaits with the lost boys, mermaids and pirates! The clever Tinkerbell saves Peter’s life so he can have one last sword-swinging, high-flying adventure with his arch nemesis, Captain Hook. Don’t miss Peter and the Darling children as they fly into Neverland!

All audience members are invited to the “Adventure Through Neverland” Event immediately after the performance, where they can meet and greet the cast with their treasure map, FREE of charge!


Classes Canceled Saturday, March 12, 2022

Posted on 3.12.22 in Blog

All classes are canceled today Saturday, March 12, 2022 because of the winter storm. Be safe and enjoy the day!


Announcing 2021 Nutcracker Guest Artists!

Posted on 11.15.21 in Blog

Nutcracker Poster – 2021

Sugar Plum Fairy: Dayesi Torriente

Sugar Plum Cavalier: Arian Molina Soca

Principal Dancers- Philadelphia Ballet

Click here for tickets and more information!


Thank you to our donors!

Posted on 11.1.21 in Blog

Nutcracker Tickets Now On Sale!

Posted on 10.28.21 in Blog

Featuring Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Professional Guest Dancers!

  • Saturday, December 11 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 12 – 2:00 p.m.

Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets!

Nutcracker Auditions Set – September 19, 2021

Posted on 7.8.21 in Blog

Nutcracker Auditions – Sunday, September 19, 2021

BGLV/PYB registered students only in Community & Pre-Professional Divisions. Must be age 6 by December 7, 2021. Registration will take place via the student enrollment program.

12:30-1:30 pm – Community Division students – Ages 6 & up
1:30-2:45 pm – Pre-Professional students – Levels A & B
3:00-4:30 pm – Pre-Professional students – Level Advanced

Performances will be held the week of December 6-12, 2021

Click here for more information about BGLV/PYB performances.

2021-2022 Season Will Begin the Week of September 13, 2021

Posted on 7.8.21 in Blog

Our 63rd season of classes will begin the week of September 13, 2021! We offer classes for ages 3 to adult, including a Pre-Professional Division for the serious dance student.

Visit this page for complete class schedule and registration information – available soon!

Thank you for your continued support!

Posted on 4.29.21 in Blog

One year ago, life in the United States ground to a halt as we grappled with how to deal with the spread of COVID-19. Normal life, as we then understood it, changed in the course of a few days.

For many nonprofits, and arts organizations in particular, the pandemic upended our world. The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley was forced to close its studios to students, cancel its spring ballet and reimagine its live performance of The Nutcracker so a cherished holiday tradition could continue.

Throughout this turmoil, we have been reminded constantly how fortunate we are because of you, our many supporters. Thanks to you, we were able to successfully pivot and continue to serve our students, area schools and all community members who cherish the arts.

Thank you to the many foundations, individual donors, volunteers and staff who have continued to support the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley during this challenging time.

Because of you:

  • We safely filmed a live production of The Nutcracker and shared it free of charge with more than 11,000 students from more than 15 school districts and private schools.
  • More than 2,000 arts patrons viewed the filmed production of The Nutcracker in the comfort of their homes, keeping a Lehigh Valley holiday tradition alive.
  • More than one hundred children and adults attended dance classes through on-line training. When conditions allowed, we returned to the studio where students continue to learn in a safe, socially-distanced setting.

In particular, we gratefully recognize the many organizations that generously supported the Ballet Guild in 2020:

  • Altemose Family Foundation
  • Bethlehem Rotary Foundation
  • Crayola
  • Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation
  • Keystone Savings Foundation
  • Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
  • PA Council on the Arts
  • R.K. Laros Foundation
  • The John A. and Margaret Post Foundation
  • The Martin D. Cohen Family Foundation

Thank you for your continued support of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley as together we work to foster a greater understanding of classical ballet, live orchestral music and the arts through education and performances. We look forward to brighter days ahead.

You Created Magic for Lehigh Valley Students!

I really enjoyed The Nutcracker, and as a dancer, it made things feel a bit more normal. I’ve only seen The Nutcracker once before so seeing it again was very nice.
Sophomore Student
Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School

Your continued support during this challenging time is very much appreciated!!! Thank you very much. Nothing can stop The Nutcracker!
Assistant Superintendent
Bethlehem Area School District

Thank you so much for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students. Most of our children have never experienced a ballet. We are so excited and have planned a district-wide Nutcracker Virtual Assembly so we can experience the performance together.
Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts
Dover, NJ School District

Thank you so very much for providing this experience for us! The students loved the entire show and were very impressed by how athletic and well-trained the dancers all were. Bravo!
Second Grade Teacher
Macungie Elementary School