Greensboro Ballet's Outreach Programs
Greensboro Ballet is preparing for a busy and exciting year full of new and continuing community outreach programs. Read on for more information and to see how you can support Greensboro in its efforts to entertain and educate our growing and artistic community.
Head Start Dance - Sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation & the Hillsdale Fund.
Leap & Learn is a dance program which will be offered to children aged 3-6, in partnership with Guilford Child Development's Head Start program. Skills taught include basic movements such as jumping, hopping, and leaping, which can then be combined to form complex movements. Mastery of these movements enables participants to advance to the expression of ideas and thoughts through dance. Children learn discipline, musicality (proven to help with math skills) and motor skills while having a creative outlet and having lots of fun!
Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro - Sponsored by the Lincoln Financial Foundation & the Hillsdale Fund.
Dance classes at the Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro, for elementary school children, aged 7 and up, are geared toward developing basic movement skills, building strength and flexibility, and giving students opportunities to participate in public performances. These lessons help students learn to listen and follow instruction, develop spatial awareness, and help build confidence.
Bilateral coordination, or the ability to move both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner, is an important element in cognitive development for children. Parents of students at the School of Greensboro Ballet have noted that participation in dance instruction has helped their children become more attentive, focused, and prepared to learn in an academic setting. This program will enable these girls and boys enjoy the same benefits in a fun and active environment.
CityDance Greensboro - Sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, with support from the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Special Needs Fund.
CityDance Greensboro is a dance program based upon a successful model originating in Boston, MA, in 1991. CityDance gives third graders, who show an interest in and aptitude for ballet, an opportunity for tuition-free instruction. This program benefits low and middle income families who may not otherwise be able to afford the associated costs of a classical ballet education. To aid us in the planning stages and initial execution of the program, we were fortunate to have the support of Dr. Rev. Mel Tomlinson. Dr. Tomlinson is a Raleigh native, former dancer and CityDance master teacher at the Boston Ballet, and former soloist at the NY City Ballet (under the direction of George Balanchine). He taught and trained our dancers/instructors as they moved into several elementary schools in the Guilford County Schools system.
Dance in the Schools - Sponsored by the Hillsdale Fund.
Dance in the Schools, or DITS, was active in Greensboro elementary schools, K-5, from 1998-2003 and has returned to the Greensboro Ballet as our most popular outreach program! Several dancers and one narrator visit each scheduled site to give a one-hour lecture and interactive demonstration. The narrator presents an introduction to the art of classical ballet, beginning with its roots in French Court Dancing and culminating with current techniques and performances. During the demonstration segment which follows, children are encouraged to join our dancers onstage to participate in simple movement exercises. They are then treated to short excerpts from standard classical ballet repertoire (Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty), as well as contemporary choreography.
Senior Facilities Outreach
As part of our training program for our Youth Ensemble dancers, Greensboro Ballet performs a program for local facilities/homes for senior citizens in our community. These young dancers are learning the art of performing in locations of various sizes and structure, while entertaining our older community members with graceful and lively performances. These audiences are always very much appreciative of these young dancers and their growing talents. The interaction between audience and performers is a special one, bringing much joy to all parties!
Nutcracker School Shows
Our Nutcracker School Show has been a tradition for Triad area schools for over 15 years! These shows include a condensed one hour performance/program with special narration including information about The Nutcracker story, classical ballets, and pointe shoes. Performed at the beautiful and historic Carolina Theatre, our Nutcracker School Shows are open to Triad area public and private schools, as well as home school students. This performance is offered to students at a substantially lower price than our normal theatrical productions and teachers can even attend for Free, with at least 10 students in attendance. This magical holiday performance has become so popular, we now offer two performances to accommodate our growing young audiences! For many young students, this is their very first time seeing a ballet production and for some, their only opportunity to be exposed to the beautiful and athletic art form know as classical ballet.
For more information about any of Greensboro Ballet's 2016/17 Outreach programs, or to reserve a program for your school/center, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 336-333-7480.
To support Greensboro Ballet in its continuous efforts to educate and entertain the Triad and the Greensboro community in particular, please consider a donation to our 2016/17 Giving Fund. Click here to go to our Donations page for more information.