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Listed below are the auction items for our 60th Anniversary Celebration. To honor our anniversary, we are raising $60,000 for the Laurie Klein Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the auction and donations will be contributed to the fund. 

Live Auction

Nestled within the beautiful Sangre de Cristo foothills, just 10 minutes from the magical community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, this intimate Four Seasons resort offers 65 private casitas. The luxurious grounds include a gorgeous pool, spa, and award-winning restaurant. The two-night stay in a Patio Casita for two with daily breakfast also includes a $100 Adventure Credit that can be applied to guided activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, historical/ cultural excursions and much more. This incomparable experience has been donated by the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe through its ownership company: Canyon Equity LLC, located in Larkspur, and has a retail value of $3,500.

For the perfect Tahoe getaway, this lovely two-story condominium is part of the desirable Rocky Ridge development at Tahoe City. With 360 degree views of the lake, the unit is 15 minutes away from the major ski resorts. If you prefer the summer, the condo includes use of 2 pools, tennis courts, trail access for hiking or bike-riding and a sandy beach with pier.  A two-night stay is valued at $1,000 – $2,000 depending on the season.

Join the cast of parents invited to the Frohlich Family’s Victorian Christmas party during Act 1 of the Nutcracker. Each year, only 8 lucky men and women are invited to play the parts of the Orgibet, Scarlett, Parks and Ross families and to experience the thrill of onstage performances. No previous performance experience is required, but if you like to dress up for a party, this role is for you. We have only one male and one female role available for this year’s performance, so bid early and often.

Join beloved Marin Ballet teacher Laurie Klein for make-it-yourself pizza and movies for 8 students. Ms. Klein will help students make their own pizzas and then she will show parts of Fantasia where characters are dancing to Nutcracker music. Students can dance along! With Mrs. Klein, you can count on lots of surprises and tons of fun!

Who’s ready for a Nutcracker-themed birthday party? Ms. Skapik will choreograph a Nutcracker scene for eight 4 to 5-year olds and teach them to dance it at your daughter or son’s birthday party. She is also bringing a Nutcracker gift for each child.  This unique party idea will be fun and memorable, so raise your paddle!

Corinne Jonas will accompany lucky Marin Ballet students to see her sister and MB Alumna Lauren Jonas’ company, the Diablo Ballet perform at the Lesher Center for the Arts on Saturday May 27.  The company is performing the world premier of Julia Adam’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on Shakespeare’s charming story of a world where humans encounter the realm of magic. Following the performance students will enjoy a special meet and greet at the stage door with the company dancers, Lauren Jonas and Julia Adam. Each of the Marin Ballet students will receive an autographed program along with their ticket.

That’s right, our accomplished ballet teacher Claudia Alfieri, is also an experienced sailor. Join her on her 36’ sailboat for a 4 hour adventure including lunch on the Bay for five teens.  There will be 3 experienced adult sailors on the ship to show them the ropes.  Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and breath-taking views of the Bay.  Ahoy Matey!

“At the Bar II” by artist Kathleen Lack, 48” x 34”. Award-winning artist Kathy Lack has painted Marin Ballet students from photos she took in the 1990’s. These original oil paintings normally sell for $4,000. Kathy has donated this very special one depicting students warming up in the Phyllis B. Thelen studio. This is your opportunity to own a piece of Marin Ballet history created by one of Marin’s best portrait artists.  There is not a more genuine piece of Marin Ballet imagery anywhere.

Materra Family Vineyards, Materra (which means “Mother Earth” in Latin) is not only the name of the wine but also represents the family’s commitment to finding the best soils, climates and water, nurturing these elements and embracing and enhancing Mother Earth’s gifts to produce some of the highest quality grapes and wines from the Oak Knoll district in Napa Valley. The vines are farmed using environmentally sustainable methods and the production, storage and hospitality facilities on the property are all being designed in conjunction with the family’s commitment to producing the highest quality wines with the smallest possible impact on the environment. This award winning wine retails for $80 per bottle.

Silent Auction Items

The Silent Auction will be set up in Studio C to right of front door. Items will be position on tables and easels, with a sign-up sheet nearby. The silent auction will end at the end of dinner, approx. 8pm. We will announce the winners at the start of the program.

Unique class themed class gift baskets designed for each Level 1 – 9.

Original Edition “Dancing in Prints” A Portfolio of twelve etchings from 1634 – 1870

This rare first edition artbook was published by The Dance Collective of the New York Public Library to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Dance Collective. This is a 15” x 21” hardback portfolio made in Japan which was created in 1965, containing 12 frameable etchings, lithographs and silkscreen prints of famous dancing scenes. The prints are accompanied by a 20 page booklet describing the artists and scenes which are depicted.

Custom Leotard by Christine Darch, Nutcracker Costume Designer

Our nationally-known designer, Christine Darch, will create a custom leotard for your son or daughter. Your student is encouraged to contribute their ideas and specifications. Then Christine will create a custom leotard – one of a kind in the world!

Two tickets to Julia Adam’s summer dining and performance experience

Give the Gift of Ballet ............. with your Pledge


As you may know, Marin Ballet accepts students without regard to their ability to pay tuition. As students reach level 9, semi-annual tuition runs to $5,000 which is difficult for many families. But a level nine student is reaching the apex of their achievement and might be aiming for admission to a professional company or to a dance major at a good fine arts college. So this is exactly the type of family that we will to help with tuition assistance. Your $5,000 contribution can make “going professional” a reality for diverse students.


$1,000 is the cost for Level 3 students in 4th grade as they take the next step in their ballet technique development as they move to 3 classes per week. Your donation can help a gifted student who lacks resources to continue their ballet training and achieve their dreams.


$500 pays for 5 Sweet Tooth fairy costumes. For many students, the Sweet Tooth fairy is their first roll in Nutcracker.  As with any 6-year-olds, their costumes wear out and need to be replaced.  Your contribution keeps sugar plums dancing in the heads of our youngest performers.


Marin Ballet is the only school that provides live piano accompaniment for classes starting at level 5. Developing musicality is a big part of dance artistry, and Marin Ballet students learn this in a way that enhances their opportunities as they progress in their training. Marin Ballet accompanists, as you’ve heard tonight, are a top-notch group of musicians.  $250 keeps them in the studio each week.

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