On behalf of the Juneau Dance Unlimited Board of Directors, I would like to thank numerous individuals and businesses who made our fifth annual holiday presentation of the Nutcracker to the Juneau community so successful and memorable.
First, a heartfelt thanks to our major sponsors Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Best Western Country Lane Inn. Thanks to all of our dancers, families, volunteers, and friends who gave so much of their time and talents to make this year's Nutcracker production possible. A special thanks also to all of the Juneau and Southeast Alaska friends who supported JDU and enjoyed this year's performance by attending and enjoying our outstanding performances and special holiday events.
Sincere thanks to the following for their support. Without your encouragement and assistance, we could not have provided the Juneau community with this gift that brightened the holiday season for so many. JDU's Artistic Director, Janice Hurley, who is truly an amazing and knowledgeable person-we feel so fortunate to have you as a part of the JDU family! The Nutcracker choreographer, Joseph Schnell. Our guest artists from the California Ballet Company-Kristie Cordle-Infante and Vitaliy Nechay; Lucas Hoiland and the JDHS Stage crew; Klas Stope, Amy Fletcher, and Kim Andree at the Juneau Empire; Jeff Brown at KTOO Radio/TV; photographers Rich Culver, Arts Sutch, and Kent Kay; Videographer, Gabe Strong with G-Force Productions; Perseverance Theatre; Alaska Litho; Heidi Reifenstein; Community Schools; our load in/load out crews-Jerry Burns from Harri Plumbing & Heating, Joseph Schnell, Andy Jessen, Matt Warner, Tanner Olliff, Luis Torreblanca, Jerry Luckhaupt, Mike Ford, Pat Gorman, Travis Duvernay, Lenné Mussara, Leslie Wagner, and Jeff Duvernay; the crew at Juneau Arts and Humanities Council; Troy Wilson who is always there for JDU to do what needs to be done; all of our very supportive advertisers who placed advertising in the Nutcracker performance programs and believe in JDU and our mission; all of our Holiday Raffle Donors-Alaska Airlines, Wings of Alaska, NorthStar Trekking, JRC The Alaska Club, Coastal Helicopters, Mt. Roberts Tram/Goldbelt, Hearthside Books, Rejuvenation Salon & Spa, Thyes Shaub and Dianne Anderson at the Juneau Artists Gallery, Shear Design, Hangar on the Wharf, Alaska Seafood Company, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Boheme, Island Pub, and Empire Dance Shop (Spokane, WA); and supporters of our Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon: COSTCO, A&P Market, Safeway and Super Bear.
As a nonprofit organization who has been providing the Juneau community with dance instruction, performance opportunities, and Fine Arts Camp for 35 years, we feel extremely fortunate to have the support of so many.
We look forward to another wonderful Nutcracker production in December, 2010.
For additional information about JDU, please visit our web site at www.juneaudance.com
Gail A. Ford
Executive director, Juneau Dance Unlimited