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.

Nicole Peffley

Ways and Means
Kate Koenig
Michelle Kuhn
Sandy Lamb
Melissa Calcote

Public Relations
Bill Burelsmith
Lisa Hebert

Kristie Roberts
Keisha Sylve

Volunteers & Production
Lori Pace
Shellie Miller

Danielle Jackson

Melinda Elliott

Krista Smith

Dorothy Lillig

Members at Large
Patty Flores
Randi Ramsey

Member Emeritus
Dianne Jarrell


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

Our events include:

  • Clara’s Nutcracker Tea
  • Nutcracker Boutique
  • Spring Gala
  • Activities for all BalletForte performances

Why Join?

For Community members, it means making the arts/ballet affordable and convenient for Fort Bend County residents, which enhances the quality of  life for its citizens. For non-Company members, it means the opportunity to participate in a pre-professional production of The Nutcracker that is very affordable in addition to the possibility of participating in the Company in the future. The Guild also provides scholarship opportunities for promising young dancers.


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