View a video introduction to Project Plié.
In September 2013, American Ballet Theatre announced the
formation of Project Plié, a comprehensive
initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation
in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies.
Project Plié seeks to combine training and
support of ballet students from communities previously underrepresented
in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide
network of partner professional ballet companies who are
committed to diversity. In addition, Project Plié
will include a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs
of America to introduce participants to ballet and identify
children for future training.
"In launching Project Plié,
American Ballet Theatre aims to take an important
step toward helping the classical ballet profession
better reflect the multicultural and ethnic diversity
of our country's population.This initiative can
assist ballet students from diverse backgrounds
in reaching their full potential by providing them
with the support and active engagement of teachers,
mentors and current professional dancers. We sincerely
believe that diversifying the art form at its training
level will strengthen and broaden the pipeline of
future artists and help ensure ballet's continued
relevance in the 21st century."
- Rachel S. Moore, CEO of American Ballet Theatre
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