In honor of Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s 30th anniversary year, five future-forward funds have been established to honor the legacy and spirit of founder Michael Smuin, the fortitude and determination of Celia Fushille, the artistry and creativity of the Smuin dancers, the sound financial and business practices of the organization, and the maintenance and improvement of our building, the Smuin Center for Dance.

Learn more about the five funds by exploring the tabs on this page.

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Our tax ID # is 94-3197247.

The Spirit of Michael Fund supports:

  • Restaging of Michael Smuin works
  • Live music for restaging of Michael Smuin works
  • Unbudgeted expenses associated with programming
  • Preservation/restoration/digitization of Michael Smuin’s work


Inspired by the generosity of Richard and Sharonjean Leeds

The Celia Fushille Fund supports:

  • Commissioning of new work by outside choreographers
  • Licensing existing works by outside choreographers
  • Designer fees for new commissions
  • Choreography Showcase support
  • Artistic Director travel
  • Live music for performances

The Dancers’ Fund supports:

  • Salary augmentation above and beyond COLA increases
  • Guest artists for special programming – including housing and per diem
  • Legal and visa fees and expenses

The Operational Reserve Fund supports:

  • Incremental increases in health insurance support
  • Year-end deficit funding
  • Inflationary increases after annual budget approval
  • Legal settlements

The Building Reserve Fund supports:

  • Repairs (>$25k) to building
  • FFE upgrades
  • Replacement or substantial repair of major building systems (i.e. new roof, new HVAC)
  • Upgrades to Studio A for performance enhancement