San Diego Civic Youth Ballet was founded in 1945 and has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park for over 70 years.  As of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the organization continues to provide over 500 students with daily ballet classes, produce 4 major ballet productions for over 20,000 patrons, teach over 600 students offsite through our Outreach Program and continue to operate in good financial health with a dedicated staff of 5 full time and 12 part time employees, with over 200 volunteers.  Through strategic planning, the board and staff prioritized SDCYB’s programming and will be expanding our programs in the subsequent fiscal year.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet increased its operating income by 8% in fiscal year 2016.  This expansion is thanks to increased enrollment in our weekly classes and improved audience attendance for all of our productions. 

  • $740,766 in operating income with expenses of $737,702.
  • $193,500 of this was raised from individuals, foundations, and corporations and $547,265 in earned income from tuition and ticket sales. 
  • Increased student enrollment by 10% since fall 2015 and continue to reach capacity in most levels.
  • Continue providing tuition-waived classes for all boys ages 7 and older who are interested in taking ballet class resulting in an increase in enrollment from 22 to 29 male students, or 32% increase.
  • Presented free excerpts of The Nutcracker to over 3,500 community members over the course of December Nights in Balboa Park.
  • Performed for over 1,200 school children and Girl Scouts at our special discounted performances.
  • Impacted over 750 school children through our weekly School in the Park program and in our Outreach Program, providing free ballet lessons to children in 9 urban elementary schools.  
  • Offered a second 8-week session of “Ballet for Me,” a class specifically designed for children ages 6 to 10 with unique physical needsTuition was waived due to funding provided by individual support.
  • Awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to SDCYB families in need.
  • Ticket sales remained strong with The Nutcracker increasing by 4.5% and selling to 99% capacity.

To view and download a PDF of the SDCYB 2015-2016 Annual Report, click here.

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