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Spintronix Color Guard

You know when you are corresponding with someone via email and you just know that they are a great person? This is the feeling I got with Jackie Krasuski. I have never spoken to Jackie over the phone, nor have I ever met her in person. From my first email correspondence with Jackie Krasuski, I […]

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 The/Studio: What about Spintronix are you most proud of?

Jackie: I am most proud of my students who have grown and gone on to do incredible things with their lives. They might go to college, join the work force, or spend time traveling, and not all of them continue in the performing arts, but they use the lessons they have learned as performers in their day to day lives.

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The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your organization?

Jackie: Our biggest challenges come in the form of finances. We decided to become a 501(c)3 non-profit rather than a for-profit business because I had a lot of advice about getting grants. And as I’ve mentioned before, our area is one of the poorest in the entire United States (third poorest, to be exact). This means that I can’t shoulder the financial burdens of the company onto the students in any way. They do pay a small fee, but they can work it off through fundraising and other activities. Unfortunately, the grants that we had been promised just aren’t there. We have been trying to expand our business through small donations, but it’s basically barely enough to keep our company running – it would take a miracle to make any expansion on that right now.

The/Studio: Where do you see Spintronix in 10 years?

Jackie: My hope is that we have expanded our organization to include a dance studio that offers regular weekly classes, and a dormitory where students can stay during special camps and events. My hope is that I can find a way to make enough money doing this so that I can quit my regular job and focus more on the growth and development of our students at Spintronix eventually.

The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

Jackie: I want to be remembered as the woman who was passionate about her students’ success. I want the Spintronix organization to be known as a company who believes everyone can find there own success as long as they go out and make it themselves.

The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

Jackie: The patches that we ordered from The/Studio represent an incredible milestone for our competitive team this year. We have been competing for six years now, and this year was somewhat of turning over a new leaf – we had a new type of show to perform, we added new staff, we even earned a sponsorship from a company that we had never had before. The season was far more exhausting than any season prior, but our students made it truly worthwhile. Our patches from The/Studio make something of a badge for our members to wear and remind them of this season; and that hard work will pay off in the end.

The/Studio: How are you going to use the custom patches?

Jackie: Members have jackets with their names on the front and our company logo on the back. Throughout their membership with us, they add various patches to remind them of the places they have gone, the shows they have performed, and the hard work that they put in to each and every experience to make it good. This patch is the first we have ordered from The/Studio and we plan to create many more with your company!

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The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

Jackie: Each October, we hold auditions for our competitive team, and each April we host our annual Weekend Camp in Mountain View, Missouri, USA. They are both fantastic experiences and we welcome anyone interested to come check us out. We are also always giving instructional lessons on how to do color guard on our YouTube channel, SpintronixGuard

The/Studio: If you are a charity is there anything our community members can do to help?

Jackie: There is absolutely a way for people to help! On our website, www.spintronixguard.org we have a page called “Current Projects” and you will see things like our competitive team, the Weekend Camp and especially our dance studio project. There are PayPal buttons for each project and anyone can donate! If someone doesn’t have PayPal then they can easily use the “Contact Us” form and get in touch with other forms of payment.

 

 

Hang Tags for the San Francisco Ballet

Our Interview with Nannette Mickle,  Group Sales Representative   Recently the CEO of The/Studio and our videographer had the opportunity to meet Nannette Mickle, the Group Sales Representative from the San Francisco Ballet. It’s not everyday that we have the opportunity to meet our customers. The online shopping experience is quite impersonal, so to be […]

Dores André, Jennifer Stahl, Maria Kochetkova, and Frances Chung in Forsythe's Pas/Parts 2016. (© Erik Tomasson)

Dores André, Jennifer Stahl, Maria Kochetkova, and Frances Chung in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016.
(© Erik Tomasson)

The/Studio: What have you learned since working for San Francisco Ballet?

Nannette: As the Group Sales Representative, I’ve had the opportunity to offer discounted tickets to many people who have never attended a ballet performance before. It’s very rewarding bringing the arts to a diverse population and seeing the ever evolving dance community innovate and create new works.

The/Studio: What about the San Francisco Ballet are you most proud of?

Nannette: San Francisco Ballet was the first ballet company to perform Nutcracker in the US. That yearly tradition of families and friends seeing Nutcracker came about through the talent and vision of our founders. I love the looks on the faces of children who are experiencing ballet for the first time.

The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges the San Francisco Ballet faces?

Nannette: It’s a challenge to balance presenting ballet as an art form to the world around us while also connecting with the everyday lives of our patrons in society. Classical ballet is comforting to some audience members, but others may desire something that’s inspiring or more relevant to them. With our changing audience demographic, it’s important that we respond in some ways to our ever evolving society.

The/Studio: Where do you see the San Francisco Ballet in 10 years?

Nannette: I see the classics such as Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty still being performed, but also a nurturing of new work from contemporary dance makers such as William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Justin Peck, and Liam Scarlett.

The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to personally leave?

Nannette: I can hope that for every ticket I sell to a group leader, new eyes will see the beauty and athleticism of ballet and their appreciation grows as they attend more performances.

The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

Nannette: I wanted to create a one-of-a-kind give-away at a Girl Scout event in May and hoped that The/Studio could help me realize this project.

The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?

Nannette: The/Studio created custom hang tags with the San Francisco Ballet logo on them. We’ll have a small silver dancer charm attached to each one and hand them out to attendees at the event.

The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

Nannette: Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% off tickets to ballet performances. I would love to offer a discount to anybody interested in the arts or who want to develop a further appreciation for ballet.

The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

Nannette: Yes! Please feel free to contact me or any of our representatives if you’d like to attend an upcoming performance. The San Francisco Ballet School, America’s oldest professional ballet school, trains and educates dancers and builds on their strengths for successful careers in dance.

The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

Nannette: We are a non-profit organization. It’s our loyal patrons that help keep this beautiful and vibrant art form alive. Without those ticket sales and generous donations, I would hate to think what would happen to the future of ballet. Please support the arts and be a part of our community.