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Client Success Story: Covenant Ballet, New York City

Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn (CBT) is a nonprofit arts organization founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1987 by Marla Hirokawa. Since its founding, CBT’s mission has been to spread the love of dance to the racially and ethnically diverse and often underserved immigrant population in New York City. Their students have gone on to study at virtually every major dance school in New York and beyond, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and have earned degrees in fine arts and dance from colleges such as Juilliard.
CBT provides comprehensive arts education programs to public schools, helping them attain goals set by NYC Department of Education. Their programs include a 10-week residency that introduces K-12 students to Ballet, Modern and Jazz.


Two days after their March 14th 2020 performance, the academy was forced to shut down all classes and workshops. Over the next 45 days, they developed a virtual program that was very limiting, to say the least. During the four months that passed until CBT was allowed to resume in-person classes, the academy lost long-established enrollment and government contracts that could not renew due to the Covid Mandates. The new “Covid” programs held between July 2020 and August 2021, had to abide by social distancing and were very different (no touching.) Classes were reduced to half of their original size and were confined to CBT’s studios as public schools were either shut down or not accepting outside programs.

When we met with the CBT last year, their operation was just returning to normal and the company was still recovering from the strictest and longest-running government mandates we had seen with any client. The CBT team provided great support in documenting the effects Covid had on their Academy and with research into the state and local mandates of New York City, we found they qualified for all six quarters of the ERC program.

On Thursday, March 30th, Covenant Ballet Theater hosts Cocktail Caper in honor of its 35th anniversary. The event will feature live music, drinks & Hors D’oeuvres, a live auction, and new work by Marla Hirokawa. For information and tickets visit

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