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Joffrey Ballet Awarded Major Grant by Nureyev Foundation

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet has been awarded a challenge grant of $500,000 from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation for the launch of a new endowment that will fund the creation, production and performance of full-length story ballets. This marks the first endowment in the Joffrey Ballet’s history.

To be known as The Rudolf Nureyev Fund at the Joffrey Ballet, this endowment represents one of the largest such awards given to a single institution in the foundation’s history. And it puts the Joffrey in the company of such other high-profile organizations as the New York City Ballet, the School in of American Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the Joyce Theatre.

The award is a challenge grant, so the Joffrey will be responsible for raising an additional $1 million.

The next full-length ballet to be performed by the Joffrey will be “La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer,” running Oct. 16-27 at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. For more information visit