Every child deserves to experience the joy of dance. Through our signature arts education program, Learning That Moves You, we are increasing access to the arts for youth from diverse backgrounds and limited financial means.
Piloted in 2005 with funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and now in its 10th season, Learning That Moves You has served approximately 60,000 youth.
Free ballet training for children with the Boys & Girls Clubs
In 2012, we began a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio to provide ballet training every week during the school year. Taught by Ballet San Antonio’s professional dancers, children receive ballet instruction, learn the history, etiquette and discipline of ballet, watch ballet videos, and participate in creative projects. They also attend Ballet San Antonio dress rehearsals, where they interact with company dancers and tour backstage.
In May 2013, the children participated in their first recital. We provided each child with leotards, tutus, tights and shoes. In May 2014, the second recital included children from the Calderon and Antioch branches and was recognized by American Ballet Theater Soloist, Misty Copeland who began her training at the Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles.
“The recital was so wonderful – watching the proud parents and excited little ballerinas. With the help of Ballet San Antonio we have found a new way to bring out the creative best in our little dancers.”
Angie Mock, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
Because of the success of our Boys & Girls Clubs ballet program, we recently became a partner company of American Ballet Theatre’s “Project Plié,” which focuses on increasing racial and ethnic representation in ballet, in addition to diversifying America’s ballet companies.
Taking the performing arts into the classroom
With a focus on Title I/Low-Income campuses, our arts education program includes a background on dance, a performance, dialogue between dancers and students, and instruction of basic dance movements and materials. This past season we reached over 5,000 students in schools and performed Peter and the Wolf. One teacher stated “many girls and boys went home begging their parents to let them take ballet.”
Free and deeply discounted ballet performances
Ballet San Antonio provides free tickets to Title I/Low-Income schools and deeply discounted tickets to all other K-12 students. Last season, 1,200 children received free tickets and another 3,500 children received deeply discounted tickets. We perform abridged versions of a production, and include an overview by the artistic director, a company warm-up, and a Q&A with company dancers. For many students, this is their first time to experience live performing arts or to even set foot in a theater.
“Our 5th grade students loved every minute from the dancing, costumes, music and beauty of the theater. Most of all, everyone enjoyed the intermission with the information shared by the artistic individuals.”
One teacher’s written comments after a recent performance of The Nutcracker
Current Learning That Moves You supporters include:
- The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992
- Rackspace, Rack Gives Back
- Department for Culture and Creative Development, City of San Antonio