New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet (NJCYB) announced today that they will hold their inaugural Ballet 5k and Tutu 2k fundraiser on Sunday, April 28, 2019 starting at 9:30 am. The run will take place at the beautiful Hackettstown Riverfront Park on a mix of crushed gravel and paved bike paths. The course is flat, fast, and scenic, with amazing views along the Musconetcong River.

“We wanted to kick-off the summer and our 20th season with a lively, family-friendly event where people could come together and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors,” stated Alexandra Thorpe, NJCYB Co-Executive & Artistic Director. “As a ballerina and a runner, I can’t think of a better way than this; an easy run through a picturesque section of Warren County in a pretty tutu!”

Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register with friends and family, come out and celebrate the arts at this family-friendly event. Pre-registration race fees are $30 for the Ballet 5k, $20 for the Tutu 2k.  Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: under 14, 15-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 60+. The top male and female finishers will receive 2 free VIP tickets with preferred seating to NJCYB’s upcoming performance of Peter and the Wolf. Prizes will also be given for the best single tutu, and the best team tutus (judged by the race coordinators.)

“We’re excited to see the participants of all ages come dressed in their finest tutus,” stated Ashley Feyrer, NJCYB Co-Executive & Artistic Director. “Although it’s not mandatory, we do hope everyone will embrace their playfulness and dress for the event! It is our hope that this run will remind people about the joy that dance brings to the world.”

Refreshments will be provided to all participants.

Additional information and tickets: or email, or call 908-850-0709. Register by April 14 to guarantee a race t-shirt. In-person registration/check-in begins at 9:00 am on April 28.

This announcement follows the appointment of Alexandra Thorpe and Ashley Feyrer as Co-Executive Directors of the NJCYB in September 2018. “Alex and Ashley stepped into the production of The Nutcracker very late in the game,” stated Kate Lazzarotti, NJCYB Board President. “Their ability to completely re-choreograph and refresh the performance in such a short time period was beyond impressive. The professionalism, enthusiasm, and determination they brought to this production undoubtedly led to the four hugely successful performances that took place on the Centenary University stage.”

Funds generated by the NJCYB will be used to support the ballet company’s mission of providing dance as an art form through education and professional performances while fostering individual growth and arts awareness.

NJCYB thanks their generous festival sponsors: Jackson Lewis, LLP, Pink Hammer Home Services, Shoprite of Mansfield, and Weis Markets of Mansfield

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