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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Charity Spotlight: Avant Chamber Ballet In Dallas

Juliann Hyde. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux

Nonprofit Name: Avant Chamber Ballet

Website:  www.avantchamberballet.org

Twitter Handle: @avantchamber

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/avantchamberballet

Pinterest:  Avant Chamber Ballet

Instagram: @avantchamberballet

Mission/About:  Avant Chamber Ballet brings exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We present our performances exclusively with live music, as well as regularly commission new works of choreography and score.

When and who founded the nonprofit? In 2012 by artistic director Katie Puder and music director David Cooper

Is the organization a 501c3? Yes

What is your EIN? 45-5088306

Link to your organization on Charity Navigator –  none

Link to your organization on GuideStar –  none

What percentage of donations of all product and financial donations received go toward helping others vs. administrative expenses? All of our staff are currently volunteer.  All of our donations go towards performance, artist and promotional expenses.

Yulia Ilina. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux

Yulia Ilina. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux

Could you describe the nonprofit? Avant Chamber Ballet seeks to create and maintain a model that no ballet company has executed before, in a time where new models are becoming increasingly necessary for professional dance companies. By taking advantage of the extraordinary artistic talent in the D/FW Metroplex, we can create works that are finely-crafted and masterfully-developed, while maintaining a company that is truly chamber-sized. Our commitment to the marriage between live dance and live music will always remain the core of our artistic resolve.

Where are you based and what sets the organization apart? We are based in Dallas, TX. What makes us different is that every one of our productions has live music and dance. It is a full experience for the audience and collaboration for the artists. Most dance companies in DFW and the US perform with recorded music.

What initiatives is the organization currently working on? This year we are launching the Women’s Choreography Project. Even though the majority of ballet dancers are female, there are very few female choreographers being presented by major companies. This yearly project will give established and emerging female choreographers the opportunity to create a new work and have it performed by a professional dance company.

Rachel Meador. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux

Rachel Meador. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold? ACB hosts private parties and concerts for patrons as well as open rehearsals and discussions with the directors.

What achievements is the organization most proud of? Within three seasons ACB is now the most respected ballet company based in the city of Dallas. We have gone from an idea to 18 professional dancers and four major productions a year plus smaller appearances and our Free Chamber Music Series.

Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services? No

How can people get involved? Come to a show! We always need volunteers to help us with our parties, events and performances. Please contact us at info@avantchamberballet.org if you wish to volunteer or support the company!

Ashley Bomm. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux.

Ashley Bomm. Photo credit Brian Guilliaux.



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