Success Breeds New Challenges

Oakland Ballet may be gone, but California’s Bay Area remains one of the most vibrant dance scenes in the U.S. That’s a good thing, of course, but with literally hundreds of companies of all sizes and shapes competing for attention (and audience,) staying solvent can be a day-to-day proposition. Some companies look for a cultural niche to fill, while others seek a unique geographic location that will allow them to put down neighborhood roots. Donor fatigue is a real concern, as is duplication – too much of the same thing in a single area.