The Oklahoma City Ballet continues to enrich the cultural life of Central Oklahoma through performances, the Dance Center, educational and outreach. As part of our outreach efforts, the Oklahoma City Ballet created K-12 BalletReach, a dance education program for at-risk youth in the metro area. According to the national dance advocacy organization Dance USA, the Oklahoma CIty Ballet is the only ballet company in the country to teach ballet courses, five days a week, within the regular curriculum for K-12 schools.
The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet prepares young dancers for a professional role in the arts, as well as providing recreational dance for children through adults. With a foundation in classical ballet technique, the school nurtures young dancers, fosters self-discipline and provides tools for self-expression. The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet is one of six American Ballet Theatre certified schools in the country, making it one of the best ballet schools in the Midwest. Jane Vorburger joined the OKC Ballet in 2012 as the new school director. Prior to joining the Dance Center, Ms. Vorburger taught at the American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
ArtsReach is an 8 week academic and performance program for school aged children and educators. Beginning with a weekly in-school curriculum covering ballet, technique, stage craft and history, students finish the program with a live performance of the OKC Ballet at the Civic Center Music Hall of the fall repertory production. The ArtsReach program began with only 1,500 attendees, and in the past 21 years has grown to reach more than 150,000 students and educators. Now in its 21st year, ArtsReach has been recognized by the Business Committee for the Arts in New York City, featured on A&E and Bravo and received the prestigious Governor's Arts Award in 1997.
In collaboration with several A+ and Title-1 schools, the Oklahoma City Ballet has created an introductory ballet program in which we offer classes five days a week, at no cost to the students, schools or parents. The program is called K-12 BalletReach. According to the national dance advocacy organization Dance USA, the Oklahoma City Ballet is the only ballet company in the country to teach ballet courses within the regular curriculum for K-12 schools. Since its beginning in 2010, K-12 BalletReach served twenty students at Harding Fine Arts Academy, and has now grown to reach over two hundred students enrolled at four schools for the 2012-13 school year. Our ultimate goal is to serve 1,000 students throughout the central Oklahoma area.
Quotes from participants:
“It has taught me dedication and discipline.”
“It helps me focus throughout the day.”
“My respect for the art of ballet has increased.”
“It has allowed me to strive to become better in class.”
“It has given me some balance.”
“It calms me down.”
Quote from principal:
“I’ve seen most of the students grow in self-confidence as they have increased their skills in the class. They take pride in their achievements and in their performance.”
Oklahoma City Ballet is proud to introduce training scholarships to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County through a partnership with American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plié program. This program is focused on increasing ethnic diversity in ballet dancers and actively supporting interested kids who might not have access to training. Boys and Girls Club members are mentored and taught free of charge by Oklahoma City Ballet’s professional dancers on their campus from January to May. Each year, five students from those classes from the Boys & Girls Clubs will be awarded 1 year scholarships to Oklahoma City Ballet’s professional training program. Shoes and uniforms are provided by Oklahoma City Ballet.
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