Typically running for 9 weeks with a one-hour class once a week, students participating in NPB’s On-Site Ballet Lessons get to experience the joy and artistry of classical ballet. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of ballet technique, weekly classes also aim to promote confidence, demonstrate respectful behavior and encourage creativity! Sessions conclude with a showcase to demonstrate skills students have learned. In some instances, this showcase may be performed alongside professional dancers in an NPB company community engagement performance.
Taught by an NPB company member(s), goals for ballet lessons include:
- Increase confidence in performance
- Understand the values of working hard, never giving up, and doing your best
- Learn what it means to do all things with excellence
- Discover the influence of different cultures on ballet
- Learn ballet terminology and history
- Improve skills in endurance, core strength, flexibility, and balance
By the Numbers
have participated in these ballet lessons since 2019 from three different locations
“We have partnered two seasons with North Pointe [Ballet] to bring after school dance classes to the youth in South Lorain. Our partnership has emphasized the valuable contributions that Latino Americans have made to the art of ballet and instilled a greater sense of pride into our participants.”
I can’t thank you enough for the partnership and all you do for our students. Everyone was amazed with the performance yesterday and the munchkins were so proud of themselves. Seeing the smiles, all the flowers, and feeling the joy makes all the hard work we do worth it. My heart was full and it was undoubtedly the highlight of my day.
In addition to its Dance & Diversity Scholarship which provides performance experience to young, local dancers of African American and Hispanic ethnicities, NPB is pleased to have partnerships with organizations that provide communities in Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties with ballet-based dance education programs and opportunities to attend North Pointe Ballet performances.