Ballet Fantastique reimagines the future of dance—building new dance audiences through contemporary ballet premieres, training the next generation of artists, and inspiring youth through visionary outreach programs.
Under the leadership and vision of founding Choreographer-Producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique's operations emphasize creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
Welcome to ballet like you've never seen it before.
We're Ballet Fantastique (BFan). We're fresh, we're bold, we're new. We're based in the fiercest Russian traditions of classical dance, but we're forging new stories, a new dance vocabulary, and a new brand of contemporary narrative dance theater. We have great taste in music and we are proud to create and present 100% original work each season.
Our thriving Contemporary Ballet Company creates, produces, and tours critically-acclaimed new contemporary ballet performances at our Hult Center home in Eugene, across the Northwest, nationally, and internationally. We boldly take ballet out of the box, have a lot of fun, and build new audiences for dance in the process.
And if you like our fresh approach to ballet performance, you'll love our fresh approach to ballet training. Ballet Fantastique's Academy attracts students from across the country, and is unique for its elite Vaganova training, expert professional coaches, small class sizes, and uncompromising commitment to excellence. We offer classes for ages 2-professional, and round out our community offerings with our kids' summer camps, relaxed-but-motivated adult drop-in classes, dance fitness classes, and contemporary, jazz, modern, and conditioning classes.
Our cutting-edge education and outreach programs give young audiences the opportunity to experience high-caliber dance, both in-school and in-theater. We reach across barriers in access to build the next generation of audiences for dance in partnership with our incredible supporting partners.
Join us! Sign up for our mailing list. Contact us to schedule a trial class or in-school residency, or to to learn more about our nationally-recognized summer intensive programs and summer dance camps for kids. Browse our rave reviews, or get tickets for upcoming concerts and events in Eugene, Springfield, and abroad. Learn about making a tax-deductible donation to fund scholarships, new performance work, or outreach.
Ballet Fantastique was established in 2000, became an Oregon nonprofit in 2003, and earned 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2004. Each year, BFan produces or participates in dozens of concerts and events and collaborates with more than 100 individuals, organizations, and arts groups.
Founded in 2000, BFan grew slowly until 2010 when a generous Meyer Memorial Trust grant, in-kind donations, and the support of tireless volunteers and staff enabled us to triple our square footage with the opening of our new City Center for Dance (CCD). Where growth had been capped due to lack of space, this expansion allowed BFan to successfully triple our programs reach (and operating budget) in fewer than three years. BFan’s CCD is located in the heart of Eugene’s developing downtown Arts & Culture District, and now thrives 350 days each year with the work of creating new choreography and dance education benefitting 20,000+ artists and audiences annually.
Ballet Fantastique fills a unique niche in our region’s cultural fabric:
- COMPANY: BFan premieres all-original contemporary ballets. Most US ballet companies produce an average of one new ballet per year; BFan creates and produces only all-original contemporary ballets. These unique, accessible new ballets—all with live music—attract and retain a remarkably high percentage of nontraditional theatergoers, younger (e.g., the elusive 18–35 age bracket) and newer to the performing arts. REACH: BFan offers a full season of four original contemporary ballets at the Hult Center each year, and tours across the Northwest, the US, and internationally.
- ACADEMY: BFan trains the next generation of professional dancers. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is regionally recognized for its accelerated training in the prestigious Vaganova Syllabus. Programs impact the lives of hundreds of students annually from age 2-adult; over 25% receive need-based scholarships/financial aid. REACH: Students join The Academy of Ballet Fantastique from across our region and the US. The Academy of Ballet Fantastique is the longest-running non-profit professional dance training school in our city.
- OUTREACH: BFan provides dance education experiences to underserved youth in underserved areas. In the most far-reaching ongoing dance education effort in our region, BFan sends professional ballet dancer-teachers to work with youth in extended in-school residencies, and brings local students in-theater to experience dance outreach performances at the Hult Center. Participating teachers say that we are the first dance educational experience their students have ever had and regularly rate outreach 9-10/10 for quality and impact. 95% of participating schools don’t have PE, music, or art staff. REACH: Work benefits thousands of Title I students and spans Lane Co., including the rural surrounding areas of Mapleton, South Lane, and Oak Ridge.
- COMMUNITY: Volunteers and interns play a key role in BFan’s daily work in myriad roles, from costume design to all arenas of PR. Ballet Fantastique would not exist without the visionary investment of our supporters.
Diversity & inclusion
We believe that a diverse Ballet Fantastique enables us to better deliver our mission to all members of our community. Ballet Fantastique is committed to building a company and training program which value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of all—one that inclusively welcomes participants from all backgrounds.
As part of our diversity commitment, Ballet Fantastique continues to be an equal opportunity employer and organization. Women, persons of color, and other traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply to job openings within our organization, as well as to board of directors membership.
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.
A leading voice in contemporary ballet, Ballet Fantastique will be recognized throughout the Northwest and beyond for its creation and performance of all-original contemporary ballets, marked by the hallmarks of fresh perspective, dramatic artistry, and collaborative partnership. These performance programs will attract, inspire, and retain new and nontraditional audiences for dance. Ballet Fantastique’s training and outreach programs will reach across barriers in access to educate the next generation of artists and audiences.