BalletForte Guild

BalletForte Guild – Mission

The BalletForte Guild is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and expertise towards various fund raising events, which in turn, provide social and financial support for BalletForte, the premier, pre-professional ballet company of Fort Bend County.

Sara Harms

Vice President
Misty Hildum

Sahar Grovas

Erin VanDagna 

Krista Smith


    Nicci Byrd

    Public Relations
    Thuy Brown

    Jennifer Kohrs     

    Teresa Gardenour

    Special Events
    Lori Sowa & Marianne Lacy  

    Rebecca Rautio    

BalletForte Liason
Michael Banigan

Hala Alameddine
Karen Crilly
Christie Kirby

Who We Are

Since its beginning in 2000, The BalletForte Guild has provided volunteer and financial support to BalletForte, Fort Bend County’s premiere pre-professional ballet company. Our effort help to:

  • Increase community awareness of BalletForte
  • Provide performance assistance
  • Provide funds to support production costs and costumes for performances
  • Defray cost of guest artists and choreographers
  • Defray cost of annual Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival performances

What We Do

Visit for more information on our annual events:

  • Fall Guild Membership Drive
  • Clara’s Tea Holiday Fundraiser Event
  • Clara's Tea Silent Auction
  • Nutcracker Boutique
  • Spring Gala

Why Join?

The Guild relies on the generosity of local businesses, community members, parents and patrons to make the arts and ballet affordable and convenient for Fort Bend County residents. Visit to support BalletForte and The BalletForte Guild.


the Guild membership year is an annual year from June to May. However, members can join at any time during the year. All levels of membership are available as an annual fee per family.

Membership Levels and Benefits

  • Petite Member $25
    (for families with children under the age of 12)
    – Recognition of Dancer’s birthday
    – V.I.P. treatment at Clara’s Tea
    – One Vote
  • Dance Member $50
    – Petite Member benefits plus:
    –  Acknowledgement in programs
    – One Vote
  • Associate Member $75
    – Dance Member benefits plus:
    – BalletForte logo item
    – BalletForte T-shirt
    – One Vote
  • Patron Member $100
    – Associate Member benefits plus:
    – Priority purchasing for The Nutcracker
    – Priority purchasing for Spring Gala
    – Two votes