A familiar face was hired as Springfield Ballet Inc.'s artistic director.
Ashley Paige Romines is returning to the role after a two-year stint away from the organization, according to a news release. After previously serving as Springfield Ballet's artistic director and school director from 2007-19, she has worked for Littleton Ballet Academy and Colorado Ballet Academy in Denver.
Romines is scheduled to make her return to Springfield Ballet in July.
"With the recent challenging climate for arts organizations throughout this pandemic, it allows us the opportunity to explore new structures and ideas to endure stronger and better," Romines said in the release. "I plan to utilize my experiences at several programs in the Denver area to bring a fresh perspective to Springfield Ballet and to work with the artistic team to promote a program with enhanced capabilities, allowing Springfield Ballet to remain both a force and a tradition in southwest Missouri."
The Springfield Ballet last year joined with Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Regional Arts Council and Springfield Regional Opera to found the Ozarks Performing Arts League. The advocacy and fundraising group is designed to raise money for its quartet of members as they navigate financial struggles.
Springfield Ballet produced nearly $530,000 in revenue prior to the pandemic, according to an IRS form on file with CharityNavigator.org.
At the ballet, Romines succeeds Andrew Parker, who resigned in January, said Kaitlyn Pack, operations manager for Springfield Ballet.
Springfield Ballet in December performed “The Nutcracker,” followed by “Cinderella” earlier this month at Landers Theatre, according to its website.
The organization also recently announced the hiring of Maria Hall as school principal, a position in which she oversees Springfield Ballet’s programming, development and class instruction for students, and supports productions.
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