NPB Dance & Diversity Scholarship Program
North Pointe Ballet’s Dance and Diversity Initiative was developed in 2017 as a commitment to increase the diversity of our company and student performers. The initiative stems from the belief that everyone in the audience should be able to see someone on the stage that resembles them.
The Dance and Diversity Scholarship was created to provide training and performance opportunities to dancers of color and began in 2017 with two scholarship recipients. To date, we have provided thirteen scholarships to dancers of color. Scholarship recipients receive training with the cast and choreographers, mentorship from trainees, shoes and tights as well as complimentary tickets for performances.
In addition to providing scholarship and performance opportunities, North Pointe Ballet has committed to presenting diversity and inclusion training to all cast members and their families. This training consists of discussing the difficulties that people of color have faced over the years and are currently facing. It also addresses the bias and discrimination that has existed over time for ballet dancers.
In 2020 North Pointe Ballet will offer scholarship opportunities for our Nutcracker Tea and Sugar Plum Fairy Camp. Two scholarships will be awarded for our Nutcracker Tea. Recipients will be provided in person training and participate in a show at the The 8820 and will be given two tickets to the performance. Applicants for the Nutcracker Tea Scholarship must be ages 8-12. In addition there will be two scholarship opportunities to attend Sugar Plum Fairy Dance Camp. Recipients will be provided tuition to attend the two day dance camp and will receive their own photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Applicants for the Sugar Plum Fairy camp will be 6 or 7 years old. For more information regarding our scholarship opportunity, please contact Samantha@northpointeballet.org.
By the Numbers
“I love NPB because no matter what you do with them, you always feel like family, they treat you with respect and they are as honest as they can be with you. They teach you how to be responsible for yourself and they teach you how to take responsibility for your things (like your costume and all the things that you need for a performance!). If it is your first time working with them, you may feel shy at first but once you start opening up to them they’ll start to feel like family!”
“I am so thankful for North Point Ballet because they have introduced me to an amazing type of dance that is so graceful and beautiful. I am happy to be in NPB because they have helped me improve my dancing, form and ability to perform. It is so fun dancing for NPB! I was able to meet many new friends and be a part of a REAL dance company! NPB has continued to inspire me to never give up and that is why I love it.”
“I am so grateful for North Point Ballet because it has taught me new techniques and inspired my dance confidence. NPB has shown me to be confident and try new things in my dancing. I’ve never had the opportunity to experience ballet until I came to NPB. I am thankful for their scholarship program that allowed my sisters and I to enjoy dancing and performing for a professional dance company! NPB has shown me to push myself to the best that I can be. Dancing for NPB is really amazing!”
“I love NPB because NPB taught me how to leap! You guys keep shining your light and helping kids realize their dreams of dance!! You have inspired me to keep going and continue trying even when I wanted to give up because of my club foot. I have gone to several Ballet classes and this one is my favorite one by far. That’s why I love North Point Ballet, the instructors and all the new friends I have made!”
North Pointe Ballet scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of businesses and individuals in our community. If you are able, please consider giving to help support this program.