113% Funded


Target: €1500


€1,698 Raised


27 Funders

La Sylphide at The Convention Centre

By Monica Loughman Ballet


Welcome to our Fund it campaign! Please enjoy the video and considering the rewards offered below.  It has been quite a year for our company, November 2011 saw theatres throughout Ireland packed to overflowing for The Nutcracker by the Monica Loughman Ballet Company. Two stars of the Bolshoi theatre performed principle roles and were described by the Irish Times as exemplifying “athleticism, artistry, the ability to transcend the everyday with even the slightest magical spark”. The event drew support from our President Michael D. Higgins who attended the production of Giselle in April 2011, which also received a standing ovation from a full house.

If you do not know much about Monica Loughman or ballet in Ireland don't worry. At the age of 14, Monica went to Russia to train. She became the first ever foreign dancer to be hired by a Russian company at age 16 and a few years later was made a Prima ballerina – the highest honor in ballet. She believes that her company is something that every talented young dancer can aspire to be part of.  The company will kick off its 2012 season by performing the oldest surviving romantic ballet, La Sylphide which will be performed in Ireland’s premier venue for ballet – the spectacular 2000 seat auditorium at The Convention Centre in Dublin's Docklands.

Monica Loughman Ballet now has 70 dancers.  In 2011, Monica established The Bridge Program, with the aim of helping young dancers at ballet schools throughout Ireland to understand what is needed to transiation from learning at ballet school to performing on stage with a world class company. It has been immensely successful and over a dozen schools are now part of the program with students performing with the company.

The funds raised here will help with marketing and preparations for the production. Also, for every supporter that participates we are going to give a young dancer from an Irish ballet school a free ticket to the event. This will ensure that as many of Ireland's talented young dancers as possible will see the company and Russian legends increasing inspiration and aspiration as the Bridge Program continues to grow.

We have designed an extraordinary range of benefits to, hopefully, make this too good an opportunity to pass on. Your participation will help us with our overarching goal which is to advance classical ballet in Ireland. Please enjoy considering the wide range of offers and spread the word among your friends!

Thank you!

Fraser Brown, Director
Monica Loughman Ballet

For more information visit the La Sylphide website, the Monica Loughman Ballet website and facebook page.



Dress rehearsal

Here's a really fun example of a dress rehearsal by Paris Opera Ballet - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b2LMWAfTZSI#!. Follow this link to here 2FM DJ Dave Fanning rave about the chance to see our dress rehearsal - http://youtu.be/fLKQ4WfzcKA Only €170 to go until we meet our target!

How you can raise the barre for ballet in Ireland! (cool video below)

Check out this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKClaxyERkg - that Allianz boomed out to 46000 people 8 times at Croke Park last weekend! While youre support might not match Allianz's it sure will make a difference. Here is why: Our fundit campaign was set up with the goal of enabling us to gift tickets to young ballet students from schools around Ireland hand-picked by member teachers of our Bridge Program. It is aimed at young dancers who would not otherwise be able to see the big stars in the Convention Centre. If you buy your tickets, or one of the amazing VIP offers related to the La Sylphide event, on fundit.ie we will set aside another ticket in line with this great opportunity. So far 17 tickets have been set aside! We would love to make it to 30!! Please follow this link for more details.

Fashion Show during after event party at Ely Bar and Brasserie

The uber-cool basement of Ely Bar and Brasserie in the IFSC will be transformed at the La Sylphide event after party with a Fashion Show! Non fundit supporters will have a small door fee to pay and a section will be dedicated VIP. The VIP list is growing by the way! Designers to be announced - watch this space.

La Sylphide gets full page in Sunday Independent

Monica - "Its going to be huge" Independent - "I believe her. Monica Loughman is on a mission. When she makes up her mind to do something, there are no half measures. Her strength of spirit is matched by her work ethic" Thanks for considering being part of this ever more exciting event. Fraser

The Magic of Ballet DVD for Christmas

I've decided to mail out Magic of Ballet DVDs to anyone who supports us pre Christmas where their reward includes the DVD. This is so that you Santa can get the gift to young ballet fans in tme for Christmas Day! Please email me at info@ballerina.ie with your details. Last date for posting will be 22nd December but please don't leave it that late so that Santa (An Post) can get to you! Thanks, Fraser

The start of a journey

Its day one of our 77 day campaign. It would be great to raise 10 x the amount sought but lets see. Monica Loughman Ballet is Ireland's ballet company. As a result of our early bird offer we sold over 600 tickets to date for the event in March! Please don't hesitate to contact me for clarification about rewards or anything else. This campaign is all about our supporters, those that want to be involved with something that advances the Arts and specifically ballet in Ireland. Speak soon! Fraser

funders (27)

There are 26 public funders of this project

There are 1 anonymous funders of this project