Make a Ballet Program
The centerpiece of American Ballet Theatre’s education and outreach initiatives is its award-winning Make a Ballet program. Helping to meet the need for arts education in underserved schools and communities, this model program also introduces students to all aspects of the creative and administrative theatrical experience.
Make a Ballet was first launched at The Frederick Douglass Academy in central Harlem in 1997, and is currently a presence in six area schools.
In addition to exposing students to classical dance and building future audiences, Make a Ballet emphasizes career opportunities in the arts, onstage and backstage, and also helps students develop valuable life skills.
Following the first year of participation, ABT and school staff continue to cultivate students’ skills and career interests by supervising independent projects, administrative internships at ABT, and other after-school enrichment activities.