Columbia County Ballet's Mission Statement
The Columbia County Ballet is a non-professional ballet company created for the purpose of offering the young dance student the opportunity to perform on stage. The CCB dancer participates in the process of class, rehearsal and theatre orientation to achieve a desired level of performance excellence. Each dancer is encouraged to develop his/her own gifts of expression within the structure of dance theatre. These aspiring artists are challenged to reach for integrity in what they speak before an audience, as well as how they speak it. These young artists, moreover, are encouraged to share with their audience what is true within themselves through the vehicle of performance. It is in this commitment that the CCB dancer hopes to realize the value of his/her own voice.
Ron Jones began his romance with dance on a small farm in Hawaii, where his responsibilities included feeding chickens, cows, and pigs. At age 13, the family relocated to Michigan and Ron was enrolled in a magnet school where dance was offered in place of gym. Ron exhibited a strong talent and was soon invited to New York to audition at the School of the American Ballet, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
Ron was invited to join the Atlanta Ballet as their first paid dancer. There he met Kathleen Monahan, a beautiful young woman with a dance background who was moving into an administrative position as the Atlanta Ballet’s new Public Relations Director. A friendship developed and a year later, Ron proposed and the couple was married. Weary from the Atlanta Ballet’s extensive touring schedule, Ron accepted a position with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as one of three company male soloists. The following season Ron was offered the position of one of two Principal Male Dancers with the company. But, the newlyweds missed the southern climate and lifestyle of Georgia. Soon, they set their sights on Augusta as the place to settle down and begin their family.
Ron and Kathleen opened the Ron Jones School of Ballet when their children were 3, 4 and 5 years old. After a name change in 2006, Columbia County Ballet is now in its 35th year.
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil" (C. S. Lewis).
"Now in Augusta, community partners from schools to churches to business leaders are working toward the goal of helping spread family values once again. It all started with the annual Columbia County Ballet staging of the Roar of Love, based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the outstanding children's book by writer and scholar C. S. Lewis. The book's allusions to faith-based values and principles resonate strongly with readers" (Augusta Chronicle Editorial, March 27, 2008).