Oakland Ballet postpones spring season 

The Oakland Ballet Company is putting off the launch of its spring season due to financial concerns.

Company managers say declining box office revenues and fundraising difficulties have left it with a $90,000 deficit, or roughly 15 percent of the annual budget.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/zlRCjd) the troupe's board of directors decided to postpone the spring program, which was to open May 18 with the Ballets Russes-inspired "Diaghilev Imagery." Board members say the decision was necessary because 2011 "Nutcracker" sales and fundraising efforts fell short.

The board hopes to reschedule the performances at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts soon. In the meantime, the ballet will hold a benefit gala May 5 at the Kaiser Center Auditorium and begin new Saturday ballet classes.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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