Indianapolis Ballet Incorporated which runs the Indianapolis School of Ballet plans to debut a professional ballet company in the city next year.
Susan Moritz is the interim director of development. She says they are confident in meeting a $1.2 million capital campaign goal by the end of the year.
"We’ve had eleven years building the solid foundation of the school and really seeing the financial growth, the audience growth, and at this point in time it is just pretty evident that we can move forward," Moritz says.
The company will be called Indianapolis Ballet and audition dancers from across the country and the state.
"Indiana has two of the top-rated collegiate dance programs in the country and there is no resource for those dancers to dance professionally after they graduate," Moritz says. "So we’re really focused on keeping that Hoosier talent in the state, in Indianapolis and give them a resource after they are done with school."
Indianapolis Ballet launches in early 2018 with its first performances at the Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.