As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, NFB is highly regarded for providing world-class ballet performances, training students in the art of dance, and reaching out into our community through our educational endeavors. In many ways, this depth showcases NFB as a cultural mosaic arranged to represent the best of the Emerald Coast.
From the facility in downtown Fort Walton Beach where we train our students to the local family attending a ballet performance for the first time, we recognize that every facet of who we are as an organization is part of this mosaic. Through the people, the places and their stories the NFB mosaic takes shape and provides an incomparable cultural experience.
NFB by The Numbers:
- 385,000 patrons at 444 main stage productions
- 58,000 patrons at 71 free outdoor performances
- 20,000 children at 90 lecture-demonstrations in Okaloosa and Walton counties
- 2,820 local children as performers in The Nutcracker for 37 consecutive years
- 10,000 special needs children and young adults at exclusive performances tailored to their needs
- 250 students taught weekly in evening school dance classes
- 12 professional dancers employed
- $1,000,000 economic impact on downtown Fort Walton Beach community
- 156 students annually enrolled in the NFB Academie in grades 3rd-8th with 15 years as an A+ school in the Okaloosa County Public School District
- 13,000 square foot Sybil Smith Lebhertz Center for Dance Education houses NFB’s primary dance studios, a fully equipped Pilates studio, administrative offices, academic classrooms, costume shop and storage
- 3,500 square foot Studio Annex serves as a large studio and is used mainly by the growing Pre Professional High School Program