Bringing the world of ballet to life.
Oklahoma City Ballet’s BalletReach program provides on-site ballet instruction for numerous local schools. Children attend class at least once a week and are provided ballet shoes in order to properly train. Not only do students learn the basics of ballet, but also gain valuable life skills such as responsibility, self-confidence, listening, and observing skills.
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 Teacher 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