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Finish your holiday shopping early this year. The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB), a nonprofit dance company based in Marblehead, kicks off its annual holiday online auction on Friday, November 10. 

The NSCB’s auction web site page,, opens for bids on Friday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m., and continues through Friday, December 1, closing at 6:00 p.m. The auction’s proceeds provide dancers with the resources and training they need to study ballet in the North Shore region. 

“The annual holiday auction raises needed funds for scholarships, new choreography, equipment, costuming and other resources that aspiring dancers in the region require to study ballet.  Businesses, as well as patrons, benefit from participating in the auction because people have an opportunity to try restaurants and other experiences they may never have tried,” says Judy Moynihan, member, NSCB board of trustees.

Bidders will find a range of items to purchase, including gift certificates and gift cards from retail shops, such as Maddies Sail Loft, Carmen Jewelers, Salon L’Ondina, American Nails, Midas Muffler, and Green Tea Yoga. After shopping, buyers will be hungry. The NSCB’s auction will offer gift certificates from area restaurants, including Gourmet Garden and Turner’s Restaurant.  

Customers looking for a new experience can bid upon a Spanish dance class by Boston Early Music Festival performer Carlos Fittante and piano lessons by Tana Chandler. A unique experience is a tour of fashion collector Jimmy Raye’s extensive portfolio featured by The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and The New York Times.  Shoppers should visit the site frequently to view the new items added throughout the run.

“With the public’s support and contributions to the holiday auction, we can fulfill aspiring dancers’ dreams come true.  People can get involved by volunteering with the ballet company, asking merchants to donate a gift certificate or gift card for the auction, or making a purchase,” says Paula K. Shiff, artistic director, NSCB.

Financial contributions are also welcome and may be made directly to the ballet company.  The NCSB is a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible as permissible by law.

Donations may be dropped off at the NSCB’s home at the Marblehead School of Ballet, 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts, or call 781-631-6262 to schedule a pick-up.

For more information about the North Shore Civic Ballet, the auction, and volunteer opportunities, call 781-631-6262 or visit the organization’s web page and on Facebook.