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Providing the Benefits of Ballet
On the stage, in the classroom, and in our community, New Ballet provides the opportunity for San Jose students and families to connect to their own sense of self-expression, to their peers, and to their community through a love of movement and dance.
The New Ballet offers expert ballet training with a focus on dancer health and child development at the only American Ballet Theatre Certified School in the region. Through outreach programs, through free community performances, and by offering over $100,000 a year in scholarship training, the New Ballet aims to make exposure to expert ballet training and the highest level of artistic performances available to our diverse San Jose community.
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New Ballet Outreach
The New Ballet School’s (NBS) Educational Outreach programs provide opportunities for San Jose youth to have meaningful encounters with ballet and music through classes, lectures, demonstrations, and invited performances at San Jose theaters.
NEW BALLET KIDS
1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at underserved San Jose elementary schools and at the Boys and Girls Club Silicon Valley Smythe Family Club House participate in an introductory ballet class where they are guided through basic ballet vocabulary. Research has shown that early exposure to arts training leads to a much greater likelihood of a child becoming involved in the arts in middle school or high-school, and students are invited to continue their studies through our follow up programs. New Ballet Kids classes provide a gateway to more involved dance study through our First Step and Continuing Scholarship programs.
FIRST STEP PROGRAM
The First Step Program provides 18 weeks of ballet study at our downtown studios. Uniforms and ballet shoes are provided. First Step classes provide an opportunity for enthusiastic 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders (identified through New Ballet Kids classes), to experience expert ballet training. This type of dedicated study has been proven to have cognitive, behavioral and health benefits. For talented and motivated students, participation in the First Step Program can lead to a full Continuing Scholarship to train through the levels of our American Ballet Theatre Certified School.
Through our Continuing Scholarships Program, up to ten talented talented students identified through our First Step program study ballet on full scholarship through high school at New Ballet School, the only American Ballet Theatre Certified School on the West Coast. Providing expert training for serious ballet students, NBS features the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, and provides training with a focus on dancer health and child development. Members of our ABT Certified Ballet Faculty have decades of experience providing expert artistic training to students of all ages. Students enjoy classes in large, well equipped studios accompanied by live piano and have several performance opportunities during the year. Students who complete their ballet training are at a significant advantage for college placement, and our students go on to study at Ivy League schools, and at top universities on dance scholarships.
Outside of these Outreach programs and Continuing Scholarships, over $100,000 in scholarship training is provided to students based on need and merit.
INVITED AUDIENCE PROGRAM
200 local students and their families from our Outreach Schools are annually invited to attend dress rehearsals of all New Ballet productions at no charge.
The New Ballet participates in numerous free community performances annually including the Santana Row Tree Lighting Ceremony, performances at St. James park and others, providing over 8,000 community members annually access to free classical ballet performances.