In 1993, Benn and Debra Savage had a vision for a performing company that would develop young dancers through the art of performing, fulfilling dreams and aspirations, and promoting an appreciation of the arts in Northern Virginia. The Ballet Arts Ensemble (BAE), a troupe of twelve dancers, was born. Now, twenty-six seasons later, sixty young teens and adults carry on that mission. The goals of the BAE were established after determining what they wanted the BAE to accomplish, what best supports the BAE’s artistic standards and provides opportunities for civic outreach while enhancing the opportunities for both Ensemble and other aspiring dancers. These goals include: arts education performances at Fairfax County schools; therapeutic performances at INOVA or other hospitals and at elder-care facilities; funding to commission choreography and guest artists; and purchase of costumes and performance pointe shoes.