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Charleston Ballet Loses Second Board of Directors in Less Than One Year

Charleston Ballet Theatre; photo courtesy Charleston Ballet Theatre

Charleston Ballet Theatre; photo courtesy Charleston Ballet Theatre

For the second time in the past year, the majority of the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s board of directors has resigned, reports the Charleston City Paper.

The remaining members include artistic directors Don and Patricia Cantwell, and resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr.

Former board president O’Neal Compton confirmed the mass resignation and offered a statement. “I hope that Charleston is able to continue to have a thriving civic ballet, but right now I’m at the end of my resources as far as being able to help CBT move forward, and I felt it was incumbent on me to resign,” he says. “When I resigned, the rest of the board followed suit.”

The previous board of directors resigned in February 2012 following charges of plagiarism, the ill treatment of dancers, and financial mismanagement. Then in the spring, the CBT announced a new board of directors and a broad-based restructuring plan, and in October Bahr reported that things were going well. “Things have been really wonderful with the new board,” Bahr said. “They are out for making it as good as this can possibly be.”

Due to the board resignations, the CBT’s nonprofit status is called into question, in effect freezing up some of their main sources of funding. Dancers were told this week that their pay would be suspended indefinitely. However, they were urged to continue to dance for the company in the hopes that they would eventually receive their pay.

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