Taking dance off the stage & into the community

About the Project

As a dancer with Atlanta Ballet, a few years ago I looked at our Company and realized we need more of an opportunity to share what we have to offer with the public. We don’t have a summer season, but the warm weather and longer days are the perfect time to present our work outside. So in 2011 we launched Wabi Sabi, which takes its name from a Japanese worldview that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and integrity of the natural world.

Every summer Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi brings together a small group of incredibly talented Company dancers, usually 12-14, to present a series of performances throughout Atlanta. We perform at four to five venues over the summer and into the fall. Most years have included performances at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the High Museum of Art. Performing outside allows new audiences to happen upon us. We get to open new eyes to the world of dance. There is nothing else quite like it!

We are asking you to partner with us this year for our summer 2016 season. Most performances cost between $5000 and $9000 to produce, which includes the creation of the pieces, costumes, and props and covers the cost of the shoes and dancers’ wages.

Now is the perfect time to give, as your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). We are so grateful to OCA for making your gift go twice as far. 

Every donor will receive an e-photo album of the season so that we can share how the performances come together and the beautiful work your donation makes possible.

I hope you will join us today!



I look forward to seeing you at a future performance of Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi.

~John Welker

Ballet Master, Wabi Sabi


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000!

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Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $1 or more

    All donors will receive an e-photo album with images from our 2016 summer season. We want to share the memories with you whether or not you are able to attend a performance.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
    (4998 of 5000 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $150 or more

    Donate $150 + and we will invite you into the studios at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre to watch a Wabi Sabi rehearsal.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
    (48 of 50 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Donate $500 + and we will provide special seating for you and a guest at our Serenbe performance, in collaboration with Serenbe Playhouse.
    $440 of your gift is tax-deductible.
    (9 of 10 remaining)
    Amount over $60 is tax-deductible
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$3,620.58 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 423 days ago
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