In the last 10 years, Brooklyn Ballet has dedicated a lot of our energy to bringing ballet to Brooklyn's public schools through “Elevate,” an innovative educational program that infuses ballet training in school curriculum. Elevate engages children in Brooklyn’s elementary and intermediate public schools in ways that are new, exciting and challenging. In the past decade, Elevate has reached more than 11,000 children in eight public elementary and intermediate schools throughout Brooklyn.
We know it's not often that kids make it to the ballet in the big city. Even when they live just a borough away. We also know how much of an impact dance can make on a child's life. Increasing self-confidence, instilling a sense of discipline and focus, maybe even igniting a dream to dance professionally.
That’s why Elevate brings ballet to the children. We often recognize talented kids who had never tried on a ballet slipper before and invite them on scholarship to begin training with us in Downtown Brooklyn. Some of our students are now dancing at the JKO School with American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico Pre-Professional Program and Harid Conservatory in Florida.
Five of our Elevate All-Stars - Amber, Bhajhan, John Michael, Naazir & Shaakir - all introduced to ballet in elementary school - are back to perform with us June 5 & 8. But we need your help to make this performance a success. We have the dancers and choreography in place. But we need funding to pay dancers, collaborators, theater rental, musicians, technicians and our event team.
Each donation brings us a step closer to celebrating this huge milestone with our All-Star dancers, and most importantly, spreading the word about Elevate. These budding ballet stars will perform alongside the Brooklyn Ballet Company and Youth Ensemble, as well as collaborators pianist Julius Abrahams and popper Mike “Supreme” Fields, demonstrating their extraordinary talent and inspiring our younger students to continue to strive in ballet class. Because they too will reach new heights with passion and hard work!
We have some great gifts to offer in appreciation of your support. Brooklyn Ballet t-shirts, tickets to the performance and reception, and a Brooklyn Ballet School Scholarship named after our most generous donors.
Thank you for your help in making this celebration a reality and spreading the word about Elevate!
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We believe from the bottom of our hearts that this project will be a success! We have connected more then 11,000 children already and will continue to reach out to the stars who are yet to be discovered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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