The BalletReach program is built on the idea that ballet should be available to everyone. We send BalletReach instructors to schools and to five different Boys and Girls Clubs to receive hands-on training. Thanks to the support of our donors, Oklahoma City Ballet is able to provide ballet shoes so that all students can receive proper foundational training. Through this program, we aim to remove barriers to entry and make the art of ballet accessible to every child.
Ballet is much more than fine art. Through ballet training, students will learn essential life skills including listening, observation, and responsibility. Ballet also provides students with an outlet for confident self-expression.
“The parents whose children participate in the BalletReach classes are more involved in their student’s life at school. They’re more willing to visit the school since they aren’t only coming to the school for disciplinary or other negative issues.”
— Erica Portell, BalletReach Instructor at Crutcho Elementary
“Watching the kids perform at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s-only school serving homeless children and their families, is a transformative experience. The pure joy on their faces shows exactly what our programs are meant to do. Sure, they learn ballet steps and positions, but they’re also provided a positive outlet where they can express themselves freely. It gives them something to look forward to in their day and a sense of stability they may not be feeling in their lives outside school.”
— Stephanie Pitts, Community Engagement Coordinator