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A Message from Lauren Richter, CDE School Principal

January 23, 2024

Dear Patron,

As incoming School Principal of Tulsa Ballet’s Center for Dance Education, it is a privilege and honor to carry on the mission set forth by Tulsa Ballet’s founder, Moscelyne Larkin. Larkin was one of Oklahoma’s Five Moons Ballerinas, and she believed in providing exceptional dance education to all children within the Tulsa community. This mission would not be possible without the continued support of generous donors such as yourself. This year alone, Tulsa Ballet has given out $44,070 in financial aid and merit scholarships to children who would not otherwise be able to afford a dance education.

Dance supports the development of the whole child, fostering expression, collaboration, and creativity, while also developing fundamental aspects of physical literacy. Dance encourages children to work from their own experiences and abilities, communicating thoughts, emotions, and ideas through movement.

Through outreach programs such as Any Given Child, Sharing Dance, and our newest program, Dance for Joy, we not only provide immersive opportunities to experience the performing arts, but most importantly, pathways to help eliminate the barriers that prevent many children from pursuing a formal dance education. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to extend scholarships to outreach participants who show a passion and promise for dance, plus provide financial assistance to current students in our school who struggle to meet the financial obligations.

Today, I ask you to donate to Tulsa Ballet’s Five Moons Scholarship Fund, lovingly named for Oklahoma’s storied Five Moons ballerinas. At Tulsa Ballet, we envision a future where all of Tulsa’s children, regardless of their means, have access to the quality dance education that has benefitted so many before them. Your donation today enables us to turn that vision into a reality. Thank you for your support.

“The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

P.S. Donate $100 or more and we’ll send you a commemorative, limited-edition $1 coin featuring the Five Moons!

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