Académie Capital Campaign

The Impact

NFB Académie Mission: Designed to nurture those in classical ballet for careers as professional artists while inspiring all students to pursue an enriched life, the Academie serves as a cultural anchor and economic driver in our community.

Since its inception in 2001, NFB Académie has impacted nearly 1000 students from Northwest Florida in third through eighth grades, graduating a total of 12 eighth-grade classes. The NFB Académie has been an A+ rated school for 14 consecutive years and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Currently, the NFB Académie has 142 students enrolled in third through eighth grades with a staff of 22 (academic, artistic and administrative) and is operated by NFB through a public-private partnership with the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD). Visit the NFB Academie page to learn more about our school.

The Need

To facilitate the purchase of the property, NFB is pleased to announce the launch of the public phase of the Académie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign.

As part of this collaborative effort, NFB provides space for all academic classes for elementary students on the second floor of the Miramar Place building. The middle school academic classrooms along with the classrooms for art, music and French are housed across the street in NFB’s main building, the Sybil Smith Lebhertz Center for Dance Education. Additionally, NFB facilitates dance classes for both elementary and middle school students in the main building.

In 2018, the Miramar Place building was unexpectedly put on the market for sale and the academic classroom space was in jeopardy of being lost.

The Commitment

Building owner Susan Myers agreed to sell the second-floor space as well as the third-floor enabling NFB to bring middle school academics over to the same building for $100,000 below market value. Financiers Clark West and Elliott Mitchell brokered the transaction by obtaining below-average interest rates and cost savings at closing, which will save NFB more than $100,000 over the life of the loan.

Collectively the $200,000 in-kind commitments by Myers, West and Mitchell allowed NFB to act swiftly and secure the academic classroom space vital to the success of the Académie. In acknowledgment of the lead benefactors’ commitment to this mission, the second floor of the building will be dedicated to Myers, West & Mitchell as the first naming opportunity recognized as part of the campaign.

How You Can Help


One time gift

  • Choose amount in this category
  • Single gift towards the Académie Classroom
  • No monthly payments

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1 Year Monthly Support // $1,000-$3,000

  • $1,000 pledge // $83.33/month
  • $1,500 pledge // $125 /month
  • $2000 pledge // $166.67 /month
  • $2500 pledge // $208.33 /month
  • $3000 pledge // $250 /month
  • Recurring monthly billing for 12 months

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1 Year Monthly Support // $3,001 - $6,000

  • $3,001 pledge // $250.08 /month
  • $4,000 pledge // $333.33 /month
  • $5,000 pledge // $416.67 /month
  • $6,000 pledge // $500 /month
  • Recurring monthly billing for 12 months

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4 quarterly installments // $6,001 - $14,999

  • $6,001 pledge // $1500.25 /quarter
  • $8,000 pledge // $2000 /quarter
  • $10,000 pledge // $2500 /quarter
  • $12,000 pledge// $3000 quarter
  • $14,999 pledge // $3749.75 /quarter
  • 4 quarterly installments

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Bring your pledge in person

When to Use the Downloadable (PDF) Pledge Form:

  • All Gold Circle ($100,000+), Silver Circle ($75,000-$50,000), Bronze Circle ($25,000) or Champion ($15,000) donors
  • Builders ($6,001-$14,999) who would like to make up to 4 installment payments or would like to give a different total amount than the options the online portal will allow
  • Ambassadors ($3,001-$6,000) and Advocates ($1,000-$3,000) who would like to give a different total amount than the options the online portal will allow
  • Friends ($500-$999) who would like to make one time gifts and prefer not to pay online

“Kids are not all the same, and their education should not be either. NFB Académie provides my child with the opportunity to explore more than just traditional academic subjects. She will learn language, art, creativity, and fitness through dance.  This unique opportunity will open doors to a world that she would likely otherwise not be exposed to.”

–Académie Parent