Dancers for Dancers (D4D)

FINAL 2021 TOTAL: $16, 963.97!

This is a record breaking number and we are so thankful to all of our participants!

Our annual Dancers for Dancers (D4D) fundraiser is now complete, and we have surpassed our goal of raising $12,000 for financial aid and scholarships! While we calculate our final fundraising tallies (from cash, checks, Venmo, and generous donations made online), we want to thank everyone who supported our students in raising money for their peers to make dance accessible for ALL in our community.

Though the 2021 D4D fundraiser is officially closed and CBA students won’t receive more prizes, you can still donate to the Ballet online (and even restrict your gift to our scholarship program).

In 2015, Charlottesville Ballet launched the Dancers for Dancers (D4D) initiative with a goal to expand CB’s scholarship and financial aid programs while raising awareness of access & philanthropy for the young dancers themselves. Each year, the Ballet gives almost $200K in tuition funding (see graph) and D4D fosters a community where students help raise the funds that contribute towards their peers’ scholarships.

How It Works:

CBA students are challenged to raise $21 in the coming weeks. If you participated in our previous D4D fundraisers, you will remember our famous donut parties. For the health and safety of all the dancers, this year instead of having a donut party in the studio, any dancer who participates will receive a coupon for a FREE donut from Carpe Donut. This is a perfect opportunity to gather the family together for a celebration of your dancer’s great accomplishment & hard work! As an added bonus, the Carpe Donut food truck will be at our Spring Dance Festival on June 12. Vouchers can be redeemed at the event, or at their permanent location.

Additionally, we are restructuring our prize list for simplicity, based on some great parent feedback! Please see below for details.

New this year – we are encouraging all donations to be made online in order to minimize person-to-person contact. We can also accept donations by check or cash, and hard copies of the donation form are available upon request.

2019, CBA Students Busking on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall to Support the D4D Initiative!

Our goal is to raise $12,000 towards scholarships and financial aid this year. Any money raised in excess of our goal will be used toward the continued work of the Charlottesville Ballet in its mission to elevate the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach.

If you are a parent, please allow us a small suggestion. Consider allowing your child to ask for these donations on his or her own. You can assist in coming up with wording, for example:

“I am raising money for dancers who need scholarships for their dance classes at CBA. Would you please support me? Any amount helps, even $1.”

Even if you help your child remember what to say, he or she will still be able to take great pride in any funds raised for the D4D program.

Digital versions of the D4D forms are available here:

D4D Donation Instructions (to forward along to family & friends!)

Printable D4D Donation Form (only required for cash & check donations)

D4D Parent Letter

We are Dancers for Dancers! Thank you so much for your support!!!

Dancers for Dancers (D4D) Timeline:

April 19-24: D4D Launch Week – Video Introductions in Each CBA Class!
May 14: LAST DAY – Donations Due
May 24-June 7: D4D Prizes & Donut Vouchers Distributed
June 12: Donut Truck at CBA Spring Festival

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected].

2021 Fundraising Goal: $12,000

All participants in D4D will receive a voucher for a free donut, courtesy of Carpe Donut in Charlottesville!


  • Any Donation – Free D4D Donut Coupon courtesy of Carpe Donut
  • $21 – D4D Pin/Button
  • $50 – CB Pen/Stylus
  • $100 – CB Popsocket
  • $250 – Autographed Pointe Shoes
  • $500 – Private Lesson w/ a CBA Director
  • Top 10 FundraisersNEW – Photograph in the D4D hall of fame until our next fundraiser! These will be displayed in our upstairs and downstairs lobbies.

Each dancer will receive all of the preceding prizes PLUS the prize at the level he or she reaches. For example, a dancer who raises $100 will be awarded the donut coupon, button, pen, and popsocket.



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