The 32 Fouettés Project
Dancer Julianne Kepley
Milwaukee Ballet’s monthly giving opportunity is simple to participate in, and provides the Ballet with a steady flow of support. With a monthly gift to Milwaukee Ballet, you maximize your investment throughout the year.
The pinnacle of strength, stamina, and achievement for every dancer is the ability to perform 32 fouettés—the hallmark of dedication and commitment achieved through practice and repetition.
Milwaukee Ballet invites you to be a part of our organization’s strength, stamina and achievement.
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How much really makes a difference? The reasons add up:
1. $5 a month provides transportation for one child to participate in the Relevé program.
2. $15 a month underwrites pointe shoes for a leading artist.
3. $25 a month allows you to enjoy all the benefits of giving $250 annually to Milwaukee Ballet.
4. $35 a month provides a scholarship for one child to attend classes at Milwaukee Ballet School.
The benefits of giving monthly through Milwaukee Ballet’s 32 Fouettés Project:
1. Save resources: Monthly giving is simple, paperless and provides a stable flow of support that is so vital to keeping dance vibrant and alive.
2. Save time: When you sign up as a monthly giving partner, we'll automatically charge your credit card the amount you'd like to give every month. It's convenient, easy and secure.
3. Stay in control: You determine the amount of your monthly donation, and you can alter or stop it at any time. Monthly giving helps you better manage your budget and makes an immediate impact.
4. Even a little bit goes a long way: Every dollar helps Milwaukee Ballet expand our reach and continue to produce the highest caliber artistic work.
Why 32 Fouettés?
In 1893, while performing in Cinderella, Pierini Legnani, an Italian ballerina, became the first dancer to perform 32 consecutive turns on pointe, known as a fouetté (a French term that means “to whip”). The audience was so taken with her virtuosity that with each performance it became a favorite occupation to count the ballerina’s turns.
Still a challenge for even the strongest dancers today, the ability to complete 32 fouettés demonstrates strength, stamina, and achievement. This skill must be practiced regularly in order to be perfected. When performed flawlessly it is a delight to behold.