Oakland Ballet Cancels Season

Facing a $250,000 shortfall on a budget of $1.25 million, the Oakland Ballet has decided to scrap its 2004-05 fall season to save money. The company, which is known for the diversity of its dancers, is hoping to raise $500,000 in the next few weeks, and will focus on finding a secure financial footing before launching its 40th anniversary season in fall 2005.