Ballet performance experiences for individuals with extra-sensory and other special needs.
By the Numbers
“Being able to dance alongside professionals at this age is such a great learning experience. Something I tend to struggle with is self confidence (along with many other teen girls). Dance is a place that sometimes can make me feel pretty good about myself. When I get positive comments and feedback on my dancing it really lifts my self esteem. An example is during sleeping beauty I was starting to get a bit down on myself wondering of dance was really for me because I felt as if I was not improving and not standing out. Then, one night at tech during notes Melaina made a comment on how great my feet looked in front of everyone, and that honestly made me feel so confident. I realized I was improving, I was impressing my teachers, and that made me feel amazing. During these past few years I have learned to take dance more seriously, paying close attention in class, thinking about using all of my strength and focusing on corrections. My technique and confidence has improved so much by dancing with NPB.”
“We love NPB because not only does it give her an extra push to work hard, the company’s mission is amazing. After spending time doing the outreaches last year I watched my daughter learn about the power of dance and it’s ability to reach people. She would talk my ear off on the way home about how fun it was to reach out to the students who never have seen a ballerina! She has such a passion for the elderly and her favorite visit was to the nursing home. While many children shy away from the potential awkwardness of talking with elderly strangers, she loves it! She was so happy to learn about the other side of NPB. She expressed a desire to use her dance skills to reach people like NPB does on their outreaches. So while learning to dance, experiencing the theater and making great friends are all very important, my desire is for my daughter to have a heart for others. The mission and values of NPB align so well with what I want for my daughter.”
“We began participating in North Pointe Ballet classes and performances in 2017. Several friends of ours had participated prior to us and had fantastic things to say about the directors, dancers and their experience from start to finish so we thought we’d try it out. They were right… the entire experience has been amazing!”
“We choose to be a part of NPB for many reasons. Our daughter loves to dance but it doesn’t always come easily. From the audition process to the rehearsals to the performances, each and every company member is supportive. They interact with the student dancers and encourage them to be their best. Almost every week, our daughter leaves rehearsal with a big smile on her face and proceeds to tell us all about the funny things that happened (especially regarding the company dancers). It brings her great joy to be around these professionals who also love to dance and know how to have fun while doing it!”