Augusta Ballet board president: We're not closing

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

There has been speculation that the Augusta Ballet Company may be shutting its doors.

News 12's Diane Cho was at Tuesday's annual spring performance to get to the bottom of it.

The rumors have been circulating all over town.

They spread so fast Tuesday that the president of the Ballet's board of trustees, Tara Simkins, says their office was flooded with calls.

Augusta can breathe a sigh of relief.

The Augusta Ballet wants to bring down the curtain on this rumor.

"The office called and said they had been contacted by the media that the ballet was closing its door, and that's not the case at all," says Simkins.

The Augusta Ballet was said to be having financial trouble after voters decided to use SPLOST funds elsewhere.

"This year, based on that support, we should look and see what's wrong with our business model and how can we fix it. We want to make sure we're here," Simkins says.

And so does Augusta.

The Ballet has been dancing for 44 years, keeping audiences entertained.

"We're taking the time to make sure we're providing the community with what they want," Simkins says.

And working to make sure they'll never have to turn out the lights.

For now it looks like the Augusta Ballet is here to stay. It'll be interesting to see what kinds of changes they make in how they run the ballet as a business.

So why did all of this surface today?

It probably has more to do with the calendar than anything else.

The ballet is near the end of its fiscal year, and that always means a board of trustees meeting.

This is the time of year they take a look at themselves under a microscope.


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