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The Springfield Ballet Company is a not-for-profit civic ballet company, founded in 1975. It currently consists of 24 Company Dancers, 24 Trainees, 12 volunteer members of the Board of Directors, and a staff of Scott F. Raper, Interim Administrative Director and Adam Sage, Temporary Artistic Director. The Company’s diversity is evident in its repertoire, which features classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, tap, theatre, and character dance. Committed to community education as well as entertainment, the Springfield Ballet Company conducts numerous outreach programs including:

Leap into Lincoln, in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Where historical lectures on dance history accompany ballets from the Romantic Era as well as Social, Folk, and Slave Dances from Lincoln’s lifetime.

Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. Illinois. Where dancers teach weekly ballet lessons to club members. The program culminates with a spring recital performance.

Girl Scouts Workshop for local troops. Where area Girl Schout can earn their dance badge by participating in lectures and classes in a variety of dance styles and attending a major performance free of charge.

Dance Residencies in area schools; grades Pre-K through 12.

The SBC dancers are selected through open auditions each spring. Dancers are in training, and rehearsals year-round. The Company provides all training and performance opportunities as well as costumes and shoes free of charge. Master classes are provided in; Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition, Injury and Infectious Disease Prevention, as well as a variety of dance styles. Each summer, the Company organizes intensive workshops conducted by renowned dancers/choreographers, with the goal of broadening as well as refining the dancers’ skills and technique.

In addition to its regular performance season, the Company performs at festivals, schools, and senior centers. The staff participates in community arts events as volunteers, choreographers, and performers. The dancers volunteer their time for educational and community outreach, and many also participate in local community theatre.
The core responsibility of Springfield Ballet Company Board of Directors is to adhere to the Company mission: "The Springfield Ballet Company provides dance education and performances to enrich our community through the beauty, energy, and diversity of dance."

The Board's greatest asset is Springfield Ballet Company staff. Our employees, who educate and inspire Company dancers and trainees, plan and conduct performances of the highest professional quality and reach out to community constituencies such as school children and senior citizens and enrich their lives.

Board members are charged with instilling staff with a spirit of teamwork and encouraging the creation of mission-oriented programs. More directly, the Board develops resources to support Company activities and meets fiduciary obligations to the community to expend and fully account for Company resources wisely. In these and other ways, the Board ensures the current and future viability of our treasured community asset.

Matt Maslowski, President
Rachel Burdick, Past President/Fundraising Chair
Abby Walsh, Secretary
Julie Pittman McDonough, Finance Chair
Grace Nanavati, Director Emeritus
Elizabeth Cheney
Jason Gross
Anna Hodgson
Rachel Miller
Erica Nelson
Ann Opferman
Gregory Riddle
Annette Schippel
Susan Wilkey
The Company 2021/2022
Rylee Kate Brinkman, Caroline Dahlquist, Molly Davis, Sierra Dove, Lillian Drea, Emma Faulkner, Lola Gerhke, Meghan Good, Aislyn Grant, Elise Greene, Jane Hart, Arabella Johnson, Charlotte McCurdy, Megana Paidela, Adison Paris, Lauren Pumphrey, Arayna Riech, Claire Sagins, Kaylee Stead, Rachel Wakelin, Mya Williams-Sutton, Norah Wilson, Gracyn Wylie
Springfield Ballet Company's Training Academy is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

2021/2022 Trainees
Kayla Alexander, Carissa Allison, Annabelle Bilyeu, Lillie Brown, Makenna Budde, Sanaia Cole, Mary Donathan, Sarah Ducaji, Jane Feekes, Ella Hammond, Gianna Johnson, Anna Liberman, Catalina Lithila, Bella Rose Noreuil, August Paris, Lucy Anne Schmadeke, Liliella Vail, Alaina Verduin, Lucy Wagner, Blair Walker, Euphoria Yang.

In May 2002, the SBC selected its first class of 16 Trainees to study at the newly formed SBC Academy Training Program. An extension of the SBC, the Academy is designed to enhance the training currently offered by area dance studios. Trainees attend weekly classes, as well as participate in master classes and lectures with the SBC dancers.

The training program is offered in three trimesters and is open to intermediate level dancers currently taking three or more hours of class per week at the studio of their choice. Placement is by audition only and acceptance of a trainee position demands a full-year commitment. Trainee auditions are held concurrent with Company auditions.
Springfield Youth Ballet

Springfield Youth Ballet

The Springfield Ballet Company is proud to have an artistic alliance with the Springfield Youth Ballet Company. Two wonderful nonprofit organizations coming together as one larger ballet family.

Support SBC

Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference. When you donate to Springfield Ballet Company, you provide an opportunity for a dancer to follow their dreams. Our organization helps build a foundation for dancers, and an appreciation of the arts in our community.
Scott F. Raper

Scott F. Raper

Interim Executive Director

Scott F. Raper joined the Springfield Ballet Company as Development director in 2020. He holds a B.B.A. in Management and Organizational Behavior and a M.B.A. from Benedictine University. Scott has owned and operated several business ventures including a residential construction and real estate company, a wedding business, online music company, and a nonprofit performing arts company. Scott has worked in various capacities for Sears Roebuck & Co., State Farm Insurance, Midwest Insurance, was the assistant band director and head drumline instructor for Olympia CUSD 16, worked as an AVID Tutor for Springfield School District 186, was the Student Advocate for Benedictine University, and most recently serves as an adjunct professor for the MacKinnon School of Business at Lincoln College. Scott has volunteered numerous hours for various performing arts organizations including Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, and Green Thunder Percussion.
Adam Sage

Adam Sage

Interim Artistic Director

Adam Sage has enjoyed a four-decade performing, teaching, coaching, directing and choreographic career that has spanned four continents. Mr. Sage has served as the Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines, Founder/Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of Virginia School of the Arts, Ballet Master of Nashville Ballet, School Director of School of Nashville Ballet and Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. He began his ballet studies in his hometown of San Diego with the United States International University Conservatory, before moving on to dance professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Ballet West, Hong Kong Ballet, N.A.P.A.C. Dance Company – South Africa, Ballet Memphis and Nashville Ballet.  Mr. Sage has performed principal roles in all of the ballet classics as well as in works by such dance luminaries as Dame Nanette DeValois, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Andre Prokovsky, John Cranko, John Butler, Harold Lander to mention a few. He had the honor of dancing at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the opening of the Hong Kong Cultural Center and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has choreographed over 40 pieces including full length Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Dracula, Peter and the Wolf and The Little Mermaid which he restaged for Cape Town City Ballet, Cape Town South Africa in 2018.  Mr. Sage has coached dancers that have competed in the first “Beijing International Ballet Competition” in Beijing China, the prestigious “Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition” in Lausanne Switzerland, Youth America Grand Prix as well as the “American Ballet Competition” in Miami Florida were he also served on the jury panel for two years. He will have the honor of serving on the Jury panel of the Asian Grand Prix competition for 2021. He has been teaching for over 40 years with such institutions as School of Ballet Philippines, California Ballet School, Ballet West Academy, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet and has been a guest Master Teacher in Europe, Asia and across the United States.  Mr. Sage has trained and mentored students that have gone on to dance professionally with Ballet West, Texas Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Scottish Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Carolina Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Hanover State Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, `Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, LA Dance Project as well as in numerous Broadway touring shows. 

Caitlin Helton Scherer

Interim Ballet Mistress

Caitlin Helton Scherer has been the Artistic Director of the Springfield Youth Ballet Company since 2017, creating many original children’s ballets and community outreach performances. Ms. Helton Scherer was a founding member of Missouri Ballet Theatre (MBT), where she danced for five years under the artistic direction of Adam Sage. While at MBT, she danced the roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Hermia in the world premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Fire Opal Fairy in Cinderella, and lead roles in Rays of the Sun, Opus 18, Masquerade, Baroque Fantasie, Tres, and Porteno Fantastico. She has performed as a guest artist with SBC in The Nutcracker and has choreographed for Rockballet.
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Ms. Helton Scherer began her training at Dance Arts Studio, Inc., Springfield Dance, Inc., and the Springfield Ballet Company. In addition to dancing many lead roles for SBC, she also trained at Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School for Dance Education, and Ballet Austin. After placing in the Regional Top 12 of Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago in 2003, she competed at the international finals in New York City. Following her high school graduation, she attended School of Nashville Ballet on full scholarship, and then studied dance performance at Butler University (BU) with a talent award. While at BU, Ms. Helton Scherer performed abroad in Poland, touring Krakow, Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, and Bytom.
Ms. Helton Scherer graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from University of Illinois in Springfield. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and in American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Levels 1-3.
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