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CityDance Outreach Program


Texas Ballet Theater to Train and Educate the Future Generation of Fans

T exas Ballet Theater’s CityDance Outreach Program has set a big goal for the future: to offer free ballet instruction to any elementary student in North Texas.

Through CityDance Outreach Program, Texas Ballet Theater instills the love of dance and an appreciation of the art form in school children of this region. CityDance offers free basic ballet training and dance education to elementary schools and children’s organizations within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

C ityDance instructors visit a school for a five-week session, typically during after-school hours. Currently, the program serves approximately 250 students and anticipates measurable growth this year. Each student who chooses to participate receives basic beginner ballet training and is taught ballet vocabulary. The classes are offered to any student enrolled at the partnering school and no previous experience is required. Occasionally, promising students of CityDance are identified and offered scholarship opportunities to continue their ballet training at either the Fort Worth or Dallas campus of the TBT School, the official training facility of Texas Ballet Theater.

During the 2013-14 academic year, we are excited to offer partnering schools the opportunity to watch a live professional demonstration at Texas Ballet Theater's studio. This will give students the chance to see accomplished artists hone their craft in a professional setting as well as meet and ask questions of the Texas Ballet Theater dancers.

B y offering free ballet training, Texas Ballet Theater is reaching children who might never have the chance to dance in this classic manner. The program is designed to teach and sustain the true art form of ballet, as well as incorporate other dance influences. Furthermore, ballet training and education benefit children in a myriad of ways, such as developing discipline and coordination, inspiring creativity, instilling self-confidence, improving non-verbal communication, teaching French terminology and basic music skills, promoting the importance of stretching and physical activity, and encouraging passion for the arts. As an added benefit, many children and educators find this training and self-expression positively effects the students' performance in the classroom.

CityDance Outreach Manager Merideth Tullous has recently returned to Texas from New York City where she was a coordinator and Beginner Ballet teacher for Ballet Tech – Eliot Feld’s New York City Public School for Dance that reaches over 30,000 public school children per year. In collaboration with the staff of Texas Ballet Theater, she has redesigned the CityDance Outreach program to reach more students each year. In the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, CityDance is set to double in size and has initiated partnerships with three DFW-based not-for-profit organizations targeting ‘at risk’ youth.

If you desire more information regarding CityDance Outreach Program or would like for your school to participate in this rewarding program, please contact Texas Ballet Theater at 817.763.0207 ext. 103 or email Merideth Tullous , CityDance Outreach Program Manager.

We currently are booking schools for the 2013-2014 school year! Call us today as dates fill up quickly.