Sashay onto center stage with Lubbock’s premier dance academy, Ballet Lubbock. Whether you have a ballerina at home bursting with excitement at the sight of her first pair of pink ballet slippers or are a long-time admirer of the art, there is something for every level and age of dancer at Ballet Lubbock.
Since 1969, Ballet Lubbock’s vision has been to create an inclusive community transformed through the art of dance. As a non-profit organization and pre-professional dance school, the training and outreach programs have touched the lives of many citizens and students. Not only is each dancer offered the highest quality dance education from the age of three years old, but by providing opportunities to give back and serve the community through art, Ballet Lubbock fosters an environment where lives can be enhanced through culture and education can thrive through ballet.
As part of Ballet Lubbock’s vision to create an inclusive community transformed through ballet, Ballet Lubbock offers free weekly dance classes in 16 elementary schools across six local school districts through partnerships with Communities in Schools, brings ballet bedside every Tuesday and Thursday to Covenant Children’s Hospital, grants more than $45,000 in tuition assistance each year, hosts performances for LISD and area schools, and donates more than 4,000 performance tickets to those who otherwise would not experience a live dance performance.
Ballet Lubbock also offers specialized classes for students with autism and Down syndrome as well as special performances of The Nutcracker and the Spring Performance for children and special needs adults who would normally not be able to attend a ballet with a live orchestra. For more information on Ballet Lubbock’s outreach program, visit their website.
For over 50 years, Ballet Lubbock has brought the art of ballet to life on various stages from Lubbock High School, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Today, patrons will book their tickets to watch the talented young dancers on the recently completed stage at The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. With over 2,500 seats in the main Helen DeVitt Jones Theater and nearly 450 seats in the Crickets Theater, audience members won’t miss a beat, or a pirouette, as each ticket is the best seat in the house.
Located in the northeast corner of The Hall, Ballet Lubbock’s dance studios feature state-of-the-art equipment, providing each aspiring principal dancer with a high-quality education and premier training. From three years old to adult, students are offered over 50 ballet classes structured through 11 levels to enroll in that range from introductory to company. The studio also offers jazz classes. From August to May, students fill the halls and studios, awaiting their big performance. During the off-season summer months, those who are looking to continue their training are able to enroll in summer workshops. For those interested in taking up dance as an art form or who want to get back at the barre, a plethora of adult classes from beginner and intermediate ballet to yoga, barre, stretch and even high fitness. To register, click here!
There is a delicate beauty in each intentional placement of a hand to introduce the end of a movement leaving audience members anticipating the next, or the fluttering toes across the stage to the sounds of a piano that even the least ballet-centric individual sits back in their seat filled with wonder and awe. The art of ballet is as enchanting as it is intricate. Each talented student at Ballet Lubbock captures the audience with the grace and beauty packed into each leap or lift. This spring, marvel in the art form that brings each ticket holder to their feet in applause at Ballet Lubbock’s performance of Studio Sessions: Foundations on April 9 – 10. For tickets, visit the Ballet Lubbock website.
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By: McKenna Dowdle
By: McKenna Dowdle
By: McKenna Dowdle
By: Guest Blogger