How can I help BVI?

Nurturing Young Artists by Creating Opportunity

Ballet Virginia International is proud to be a regional dance company in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  BVI brings both excellent and affordable dance training and performances to the area. In order to provide these opportunities to young artists, we must seek funding beyond tuition and ticket sales.  As a non profit 501(c)(3) we rely on our generous contributors for their financial support as well as our devoted volunteers for their countless hours of time and expertise.

Below you will find various ways you as an individual or business can support BVI’s work.


A way for the local businesses to support Ballet Virginia International.

Ballet Virginia International, now in its 11th season, has created a unique opportunity to showcase talented young classically trained dancers. The Nutcracker will be performed December 15th, 16th and 17th with live orchestra from Symphonicity. Snow White will be performed on April 6th with a matinee and evening performance. These performances will reach a wide audience from all over Hampton Roads. All performances will be at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.

With over 4,500 attendees, the professionally designed playbills BVI produces for its public performances, gives your business an outstanding opportunity for exposure at reasonable rates. Your business will also be listed as a Season Sponsor in our final production of the season, Concert Classique and our website at no extra cost to you. It also allows BVI to offer the youth of Hampton Roads the unparalleled experience of being a part of a dance organization committed to excellence in dance arts education.

Click HERE for the season playbill ad sheet for 2018 – 2019

Contact Lisa McCarty, BVI marketing director, for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Suzanne Lownsbury for general volunteer opportunity information or questions.

Ballet Guild and Outreach Activities

The Ballet Virginia International’s Ballet Guild is a group of dedicated parents, friends and family members of BVI dancers who want to be involved with the exciting growth of BVI.  The Ballet Guild helps with community outreach, assists in the distribution of marketing materials, completes tasks and projects in and around the studio as well as set and prop , and organizes and sells merchandise at BVI performances.  Time commitment is as little or as much time as one is able to give.  The group is not about meetings but instead about getting things done and having fun.  If interested please contact Jennifer at for more information and volunteer opportunities.


Ballet Virginia International is proud to own its own costumes and we continue to grow our wardrobe collection.  Help with maintaining and adding details to our collection is always needed.  Varying degrees of crafting and sewing skills are welcomed.  Please contact Janina Bove for information and volunteer opportunities.

General Upkeep Building and Grounds

Ballet Virginia International is located in the lovely Ghent area of Norfolk, VA in a historical building.  As always with a historical building upkeep and general maintenance is needed on an ongoing basis.  As a non profit business painting, changing light bulbs, fixing a ballet barre, repairing a toilet, or assisting with general clean-up is needed and appreciated. Please contact Janina Bove for more information and volunteer opportunities.

Sweet Shoppe

Ballet Virginia International organizes a once a week on going bake sale on Saturday mornings called “Sweet Shoppe”.  The delicious items on sale are donated by dancers and parents from the academy.  The money raised is donated to the BVI theatre fund from September through December and from January through June the money raised is donated to First Pointe Players.

Prop and Set Project Help

When Ballet Virginia International performs we are always in need of making the props and sets stage ready before we leave the studio for the theatre.  After the props and sets are theatre ready we need to load them into large truck and transport them to and from the theatre during BVI performance weeks.  BVI is grateful for help in all the areas mentioned above.  Please contact Janina Bove for more information and volunteer opportunities.

Donate Goods/Services

From time to time Ballet Virginia International will have a request for goods and services.  Past goods and service donations can be seen throughout our studio. While our barre, mirror and floor supplies were purchased all were installed by volunteers.  The lobby tables and chairs were donated.  Hair spray, bobby pins, and band aids are on hand for students and have been donated by parents.  Some of our props and sets have been hand made, painted and donated by parents and families of our dancers.  If you think you have a goods or service you would like to donate please contact Janina Bove.

Financial Support

Corporate Sponsorship

Please contact Suzanne Long or Janina Bove, BVI’s artistic directors, to discuss how your company can help support Ballet Virginia International.

Friends of Ballet Virginia

Contribution categories exist in donation amounts as follows; 5th Position ($1,000 +), 4th Position ($750 +), 3rd Position ($500 +), 2nd Position ($250 +) 1st Position, ($50 +).  A printable contribution form can be found HERE.  Donors will have the opportunity to remain anonymous if desired.


This fund will provide long term financial strength that will enable BVI to continue through the inevitable downturns of the business cycle. You can help us achieve this stability by designating a gift for our Endowment. Please contact Suzanne Long or Janina Bove for more information regarding endowment.