The mission of Dance Theatre Fairbanks is to provide quality dance education and performance opportunities to the Interior. We believe in fostering dance to all who wish to learn, offering military discounts and low-income work-study programs. Our inclusive culture welcomes special needs students in class and on stage.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Dance Theatre Fairbanks occupies a 60 year old former municipal firehouse. State of the art in 1960, the building is more than a little out of date now. It sat empty for 3 years, and in July 2007 they took over the facility. With monetary donations for construction materials, and thousands of volunteer hours, we have created a great community art center right in the middle of downtown Fairbanks. The truck garage became a 165 seat theater, offices and dormitory spaces were transformed into 6 dance studios. The communications center is a costume shop, and parents, students and others use the kitchen, atrium, and common areas.
With help from supporters, we have brought in out of town guest artists for workshops, and shared them with the Artists in the Schools Program. Some of these guests have been soloists and instructors from American Ballet Theatre, Broadway performers, and a nationally recognized choreographer and hip hop instructor.
The Aurora Dance Ensemble, comprised of our most dedicated dancers, have appeared in multiple venues around the North Star Borough. Through donations and fund raising, they have traveled to Los Angeles and participated in the Dance Excellence Festival and been adjudicated with studios from all over the world.
Pick.Click.Give donations have been used to purchase materials for renovating and retrofitting our building, bringing in guest artists, and providing the community educational workshops.