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Elevate brings ballet to Brooklyn’s public schools in ways that are new, exciting and challenging for the children.
Elevate brings ballet to Brooklyn’s public schools in ways that are new, exciting and challenging for the children.
72 backers pledged $5,216 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Naazir at Brooklyn Ballet studio
Naazir at Brooklyn Ballet studio

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.

John Michael, Shaakir & Naazir
John Michael, Shaakir & Naazir

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!

Shaakir, John Michael & Naazir
Shaakir, John Michael & Naazir

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.

Shaakir Muhammad, Caradid Martinez, Naazir Muhammad, Lynn Parkerson, John Michael Abenanty
Shaakir Muhammad, Caradid Martinez, Naazir Muhammad, Lynn Parkerson, John Michael Abenanty

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.

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    A lovely hand-drawn "Thank You" card by our Brooklyn Ballet students. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website.

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    Show your support by wearing it! You'll receive a Brooklyn Ballet T-shirt. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($20 value)

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    We want to meet and thank you in person! You'll receive 1 ticket to the Elevate performance on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($25 value)

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    Fancy pants! You'll receive 1 ticket to the Elevate Benefit performance on Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm. Post show reception included. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($125 value)

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    Got friends?! Bring them along! You'll receive 4 tickets to the Elevate performance on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($100 value)

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    Bring a date! You'll receive 2 tickets to the Elevate Benefit performance on Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm. Post show reception included. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($250 value)

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    The more the merrier! You'll receive 4 tickets to the Elevate Benefit performance on Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm. Post show reception included. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($500 value)

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    Your generosity will be remembered for ALL OF TIME when we name one of our Brooklyn Ballet scholarships after you! You'll also receive 4 tickets to the Elevate Benefit performance on Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm. Post show reception included. Your name will also be listed on Brooklyn Ballet's website. ($500 value)

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