What is ENCORE?

Welcome to ENCORE!, Ballet Yuma’s family of donors dedicated to ensuring that Yuma continues to have a high-caliber ballet and contemporary dance program available to the young artists within our community.

Ballet Yuma is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to excellence in performance and education, and to enriching the cultural climate of our community. Our three main sources of funding include ticket sales, fundraising activities/events, and donated financial support; we receive no income from monies paid in tuition to the Company’s official school, Yuma Ballet Academy. If you enjoy and appreciate the level of quality that you witness onstage, please consider offering your financial support at any level. Our donors are vital to our success – invest in our community by investing in Ballet Yuma today!

Donations to Ballet Yuma just became easier.

You can now make your donations via PayPal using your credit card.  Click on the link below to begin supporting Ballet Yuma today!

How Does ENCORE! Benefit You?

  • Donations to Ballet Yuma are tax-deductible because Ballet Yuma is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
  • All donors will receive recognition in our Nutcracker and Spring Concert performance programs
  • For our Honor and Prima ENCORE! members, Ballet Yuma provides many additional advertising opportunities in all marketing materials and media advertising as well as free tickets to our performances and Special Events
  • Ballet Yuma recognizes Honor and Prima ENCORE! members at every opportunity, to include an on-stage introduction at our performances
  • Donations from our ENCORE! members are the lifeline that keep Ballet Yuma alive and thriving – without these funds, big or small, Ballet Yuma will cease to exist for Yuma’s young artists and for our many loyal patrons

For more information on how to become a member of ENCORE!, please contact Jenn Coleman, Company Manager at 928-446-6770.


Director’s Gold Circle ($5,000 or more)

Lenore Farese * Arizona Commission on the Arts * Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma

Honor ($2,500 or more)

Diana Crites – Crites & Associates * Paul Bensel Jewelry

Prima ($1,000 or more)

Edward Jones – Brian Butcher * Gift in honor of Nancy Gill * Up 2 Par Medical – Dr. Robert Smythe * Andrea Hauck Photography * Yuma Ballet Academy – Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair * Arizona Community Foundation of San Luis * Aiello Eye Institute * Barkley Ag Enterprises * JVSmith Farms * Arizona Gives *Regional Dance America

Principal ($500 or more)

Ted Gaffin and Sandy Williams * Pauline Kuiper * Sonora Nissan * Gary and Mary Heiligenthal  * Dr. Patrick Farrell * Captured Light Photography – Bill Butler

Soloist ($250 or more)

Terry Sinclair * Scott and Valarie Donnelly * Cocopah Indian Tribe * Wal-Mart Foundation for the Flores Family *Alton and Chris Jones * Brigitta Kuiper and Gil Urias * Chevron – Greg and Chardee Watowich * Kathleen Mele *Misenhimer, Aivazian & Tennant * Bone & Joint Center of Yuma – Ron Clark, MD  *Geotechnical Testing Services * Long Realty – Elizabeth Carpenter * Wilber Ellis * Doug and Carol Henry * Gowen Company * Lines and Lundgreen * Sunland Chemical * Tom and Pam Cheely * Wells Fargo Advisors * Jacobson Company * Johnson Controls *Doug and Melissa Henry

Demi-Soloist ($150 or more)

Constance Uribe * Cam and Emma Cong * Amazon Smile * Wade Noble

Corps ($50 or more)

Amelia Gandara – alumni * Finn Gorman * Alan and Trisha Kinnell

Apprentice ($25 or more)

* Kim Bensel

A Special Thanks to our Many In-Kind Supporters


To all backstage, lobby and “in the background” volunteers who generously donate their talents, time and energy in support of Ballet Yuma – we offer our sincerest thanks. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!

Donations to Ballet Yuma just became easier.

You can now make your donations via PayPal using your credit card.  Click on the link below to begin supporting Ballet Yuma today!

Thank you, Arizona Commission on the Arts! Ballet Yuma is honored to be supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. With these funds, we are able to continue working in our community to meet our mission of bringing quality arts programming to Yuma.

This season the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and San Luis gave Ballet Yuma $6000 to expand it's outreach programs. Thank you ACF of Yuma and San Luis!

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.