Oklahoma City Ballet
6800 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73116
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma City Ballet
Mission Statement Oklahoma City Ballet inspires its audience through classical and contemporary dance performances, a strong educational program and community engagement.
Contact Information
Contact Name Jo Lynne Jones
Contact email info@okcballet.com
Address 6800 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone (405) 843-9898
Fax 405-843-9894
County Oklahoma
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/okcb/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations are always accepted and can be made online, by phone, or by mailing a check. In-kind donations are also accepted for office needs, the Dance Center, fundraisers, and our wide array of community engagement programs.
We welcome volunteers for events, fundraisers and at the Dance Center.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,170,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,155,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Ballet Oklahoma
Supported Organization Oklahoma City Ballet
Year Founded 1963
IRS Ruling Year 1969
State Registration Expiration Mar 2020
Mission Oklahoma City Ballet inspires its audience through classical and contemporary dance performances, a strong educational program and community engagement.
Background Oklahoma City Ballet began in 1963 as the Oklahoma City Civic Ballet. Located in the Science and Arts Foundation building on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, it was formed by the foundation's civic ballet committee and chief benefactors, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kirkpatrick. The company began under the artistic direction of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov.

In 1970, the Trustees formed the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Ballet Society and the company became the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Ballet with Yvonne Chouteau staying on as artistic director. International ballerina and Oklahoma native Maria Tallchief worked with Ms. Chouteau to audition dancers for the company. Chouteau was succeeded by New York City Ballet principal dancers Conrad and Joy Ludlow, who founded the company's affiliate school.

In 1979, American Ballet Theater dancers Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf-Spassoff assumed direction of the Company, which became Ballet Oklahoma. In the spring of '81 the Company moved into a newly renovated facility, where it remains today.
Oklahoma City Ballet's repertory includes works by George Balanchine, Helen Pickett, Lee-Wei Chao, Amy Seiwert, Perrot, Coralli, Fokine, Petipa, Bournonville, and Sparso and Mills.

The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet provides training for students interested in becoming professional ballet dancers as well as recreational ballet classes. Students trained in the school have been accepted into The School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet. Former students have gone on to professional careers with the Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, while some have become professional dancers in the Oklahoma City Ballet.
Oklahoma City Ballet is the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall and is part of the Oklahoma Arts Council's touring program. It also tours under the auspices of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program and the Heartland Arts Fund.
  • A versatile dance company that performs a wide-ranging repertoire, as well as commissioning new work from the industry's top choreographers.
  • A company that attracts excellent dancers and provides an environment where they can thrive and further develop their art form.
  • A non-profit who takes their stewardship seriously, is financially sound, and is committed to being a sustainable and forward-thinking organization.
  • An organization with a high-quality school that provides first-rate instruction for pre-professional dancers and meaningful programs for recreational dancers.
  • An organization that reaches out to those underserved in our community and provides high quality arts education.
  • A non-profit with excellent facilities for performances, rehearsals, and training.
The Oklahoma City Ballet continues to enrich the cultural life of Central Oklahoma through performances, the Dance Center, education, and engagement. As part of our outreach efforts, the Oklahoma City Ballet created K-12 BalletReach, a dance education program for at-risk youth in the metro area. According to the national dance advocacy organization Dance USA, the Oklahoma CIty Ballet is the only ballet company in the country to teach ballet courses, five days a week, within the regular curriculum for K-12 schools.
Financial support
Technology assistance
Experienced Ballet teachers
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts Schools
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Description Oklahoma City Ballet's Yvonne Chouteau School prepares young dancers for a professional role in the arts, as well as providing recreational dance for children through adults. With a foundation in classical ballet technique, the school nurtures young dancers, fosters self-discipline and provides tools for self-expression. The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet is one of five American Ballet Theatre certified schools in the country, making it one of the best ballet schools in the Midwest.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Description ArtsReach is an 8-week academic and performance program for school aged children and educators. Beginning with a weekly in-school curriculum covering ballet, technique, stage craft and history, students finish the program with a live performance of the OKC Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall. The ArtsReach program began with only 1,500 attendees, and in the past 21 years has grown to reach more than 150,000 students and educators. Now in its 21st year, ArtsReach has been recognized by the Business Committee for the Arts in New York City, featured on A&E and Bravo, and received the prestigious Governor's Arts Award in 1997.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Quotes from participants:
"Thank you for creating a program to share the performing arts with my rural school students, we enjoyed it immensely!"
"Wonderful performance!"
"This was our favorite!"
"The dancing, scenery and costumes were remarkable!"
Description In collaboration with several A+ and Title 1 schools, the Oklahoma City Ballet has created an introductory ballet program in which we offer classes five days a week, at no cost to the students, schools or parents. The program is called K-12 BalletReach. According to the national dance advocacy organization Dance USA, the Oklahoma City Ballet is the only ballet company in the country to teach ballet courses within the regular curriculum for K-12 schools. ATits beginning in 2010, K-12 BalletReach served twenty students at Harding Fine Arts Academy, and has now grown to reach over two hundred students enrolled at four schools for the 2012-13 school year. Our ultimate goal is to serve 1,000 students throughout the central Oklahoma area.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Quotes from participants:
“It has taught me dedication and discipline.”
“It helps me focus throughout the day.”
“My respect for the art of ballet has increased.”
“It has allowed me to strive to become better in class.”
“It has given me some balance.”
“It calms me down.”
Quote from principal:
“I’ve seen most of the students grow in self-confidence as they have increased their skills in the class. They take pride in their achievements and in their performance.”
Description Oklahoma City Ballet is proud to introduce training scholarships to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County through a partnership with American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plié program. This program is focused on increasing ethnic diversity in ballet dancers and actively supporting interested kids who might not have access to training. Boys and Girls Club members are mentored and taught free of charge by Oklahoma City Ballet’s professional dancers on their campus from January to May. Each year, five students from those classes from the Boys & Girls Clubs will be awarded 1 year scholarships to Oklahoma City Ballet’s professional training program. Shoes and uniforms are provided by Oklahoma City Ballet.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description Oklahoma City Ballet's BalletKids Club provides tickets to select performances of the professional company during the season. They are donated to other youth-oriented non profits in the OKC area. Partners include all four sites of the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Prairie Dance Theater. Over 300 tickets are donated to other non-profits annually.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Oklahoma City Ballet's Golden Swans program includes ballet classes for seniors and the Dance for Parkinson's program. Ballet classes for seniors are provided weekly on site at The Fountains at Canterbury, Epworth Villa, and our own Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. They are provided at no cost to the participants and reach over 50 seniors annually.
Dance for Parkinson's classes are offered once a week at the Brackett Dance Center. The class is specifically designed for people with Parkinson's or other movement disorders. The class has reached nearly 100 people in its first year.
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jo Lynne Jones
Start Date Feb 2018
Email jo@okcballet.com
Senior Staff
Robert MillsArtistic Director
Number of Full-time Staff 13
Number of Part-time Staff 5
Number of Contract Staff 58
Number of Volunteers 25
Staff Retention Rate 80
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 7
Caucasian 75
Hispanic/Latino 6
Native American/American Indian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 31
Female 63
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. D Benham Kirk
Company Affiliation Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Email president@okcballet.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 13, 2020
Board of Directors List
Sam BlackstockOklahoma Academy of Family PhysiciansVoting
Jeff BlakeGumerson Blake Design BuildVoting
Hilarie Blaney
Betsy Brackett
Phil ClaytonTSO OpticalVoting
Sandy CottonCotton ConsultingVoting
Aimee HarlowFis GlobalVoting
Gracen Johnsen
D Benham KirkVoting
Robin Krieger
Kevin Lafferty
Michael LairdRCB BankVoting
Christopher Lloyd
Lea MorganVoting
Lisa Mullen
Stephanie NaifehCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sebastian OukassouCountry FinancialVoting
Brandy Parson
Salam RamadanDr. Salam Ramadan, DDSVoting
Scott Reed
Suzanne ReynoldsPharamacist for Robert Reynolds, MDVoting
Bobby Saadati
Melissa Scaramucci
Cindi Shelby
Paige Shepherd
Melinda SowardBroadway 10Voting
Sally StarlingCommunity VolunteerVoting
Sara SweetSweet Law FirmVoting
Ann Vitali
Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 20
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $4,170,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $4,155,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$7,025,184$8,310,946$3,754,524
Total Expenses$3,689,749$3,268,368$3,575,680
Revenue Less Expenses$3,335,435$5,042,578$178,844
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$76,181$74,106
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,282$1,383$452
Unrealized Gain/Loss$913$2,278($2,127)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$172,798$231,681$262,557
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,987,812$2,563,418$2,838,260
Administration Expense$488,015$597,270$643,118
Fundraising Expense$213,922$107,680$94,302
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.902.541.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%2%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$9,706,122$6,742,763$1,459,999
Current Assets$2,040,836$867,033$553,109
Long-Term Liabilities--$259,671$95,000
Current Liabilities$639,801$752,206$676,691
Total Net Assets$9,066,321$5,730,886$688,308
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.191.150.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%4%7%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $4,729,285Contributions $6,374,419Earned Revenue $1,739,818
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $1,993,773Earned Revenue $1,516,721Contributions $1,603,066
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $172,798Special Events $231,681Special Events $262,557
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 6800 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Primary Phone 405 843-9898
Contact Email info@okcballet.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/okcb/
CEO/Executive Director Jo Lynne Jones
Board Chair Mr. D Benham Kirk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson