Send an email to Leanna Ruegg to learn more about the VBE program. She can answer any questions you may have.
VBE: “Because of You” Trailer
“Virtual Ballet Experience: Because of You” tells the story of our Artistic Director’s personal experience with navigating the world of an Autism diagnosis and her journey to make the world of dance more accessible to individuals of diversability. “VBE: Because of You” includes:
18-minute, non-stop recorded rendition of NPB’s original work, “Because of You”
Access to virtual reality simulation allowing students to experience the perspective of the main character of “Because of You” in a 360-degree augmented reality experience
A short instructional video leading students through movement exercises and choreography featured in “Because of You”
- Student and teacher curriculum resources catered toward students grades 4-8 to engage in classroom exercises and discussion in alignment with state standards for social-emotional learning (Please note: videos and most activities are suitable for elementary students, but our goal is to create a resource relevant for older students.)
VBE: “The Nutcracker”
Take the Next Step
Learn more about our program by downloading a copy of the Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum for “Virtual Ballet Experience: Because of You.”
Ready to get started? Submit this registration form to commit to receiving North Pointe Ballet’s Virtual Ballet Experience: “Because of You” including pre-recorded videos, virtual reality simulation, and curriculum resources.
“Virtual Ballet Experience is BEAUTIFULLY done! I was so very excited to share this with my students and our entire school. This will be an experience they will treasure for years to come. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment to exposing students to the performing arts and making ballet accessible to everyone!”
“We thought this program was wonderful. The students received the information well and were thoroughly excited by the videos of the Behind the Scenes of the Nutcracker and the Meet and Greet with the dancers. It was beyond exciting that we could have this experience while we are all struggling and dealing with a pandemic. It was so nice the kids could still feel like they got to go on a fieldtrip. Thank you for making this such a wonderful experience.”
“My students really enjoyed the virtual ballet experience from North Pointe Ballet. They enjoyed the ability to interact with the pantomime and choreography videos. They also enjoyed the behind the scenes video as well. My favorite part was sharing about NPB’s mission to make ballet accessible to everyone and the class discussion that it led to. We talked about how that may look, how it makes everyone feel when we use inclusive practices, and many students were able to share personal connections based on their experiences with friends and family members that have disabilities. Thank you NPB for a fun and educational virtual experience.”
“The three videos were absolutely amazing ! The videos were the appropriate length, kept attention and were age appropriate. My students loved participating and getting a chance to dance. The information and exposure to productions and ballet was wonderful! This week my students looked forward to watching the next video and learning a great deal with this program. Thank you very much for this opportunity to have my students view this program for a virtual field trip!”
“That was so awesome! I learned a new word…diversabilities…I love it! I loved that the dancing was continuous, the cool music was integrated so awesomely, and different scenes were happening all at once, with moving, not stationary, camera angles. I loved the emotion and seeing the NPB dancers doing contemporary as opposed to usual classical ballet. Just enough props to tell the story. I can’t imagine all the time planning this, choreographing, teaching and cleaning this. Enjoyed reflection questions and discussion questions seeing multiple points of view.”