Ballet Company Takes A Big Step Up

Two years ago, Cleveland’s tiny Verb Ballet was on the rocks – broke and artistically adrift. Today, the company has “changed its name, achieved national recognition and expanded its personnel to 15 dancers who perform mainstream modern-dance classics, original choreography and chamber ballets for growing audiences of enthusiastic patrons. The company continues its education and outreach activities, but also takes its concert programs on tour. The budget has mushroomed to $340,000. The deficit has diminished to $5,000. How did it happen?”