OUTREACH

Part of the Ballet’s commitment to bettering our community is through Outreach.

Ballet Lubbock’s Outreach Programming is made possible in part through funding from The Helen Jones Foundation, The CH Foundation, The REA Charitable Trust, The Texas Commission on the Arts, and donations from individuals like you. 

IN THE SCHOOLS

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IN THE HOSPITALS

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ADAPTIVE DANCE

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PERFORMANCES FOR ALL

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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Ballet Lubbock changes lives and our community through outreach programs that:

  • expose large audiences to the beauty, artistry, and expression of dance, or,
  • impact individuals through year-round, weekly and/or daily education that provide a rich, in-depth experience.

IN THE SCHOOLS

Ballet Lubbock partners with Communities in Schools (CIS) to provide weekly in-school and after-school classical ballet instruction in 10 elementary schools across 5 school districts. Together, we reach 180 students each week for the entire school year, so that transportation and cost are never barriers to artistic expression, discipline, or finding your group of friends.

Lubbock ISD

Alderson*
Bayless
Bean
Ervin*

Elementary Schools

Lubbock-Cooper ISD

Cooper Central

Elementary Schools

Frenship ISD

WIllowbend
Westwind

Elementary Schools

Shallowater

Shallowater Elementary*

Roosevelt

Roosevelt Elementary

Wilson

Wilson Elementary

*Ballet is offered twice a week during the school day as a regular class at Alderson, Ervin, and Shallowater schools, and serves as either a Physical Education or Fine Arts credit for the students.

Students are selected for a semester’s term of dance classes, and must maintain certain attendance, behavior, and academic benchmarks to continue their participation. Attendance that is consistent and deliberate allows for meaningful development that only regular instruction can provide. Ballet Lubbock and the school districts see this model as overwhelmingly positive, and something to replicate and expand upon with additional campuses.

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IN THE HOSPITALS

Arts In Medicine

Ballet Lubbock partners with Covenant Children’s Hospital as part of their Arts in Medicine Programs. From 10:00 am to 12:00 noon every Tuesday and Thursday, Marcos Antonio Vasquez teaches one-on-one ballet to the patients and their families, as they are interested and able.

By working with Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LPC and other hospital staff, each ballet lesson is adapted to the particular patient – some patients take class in the hospital theatre, some patients take a ballet lesson bedside, and other times a sibling and/or parent puts on a bedside ballet performance for their family member with Marcos.

The Ballet Lubbock Company also performs a modified version of the Nutcracker (in November) and the Spring Performance (in April) for the patients, families, and hospital staff. This program provides a smile and moment of joy for 400 patients annually and their families in an otherwise difficult time.

University Medical Center

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FOR US ALL – ADAPTIVE DANCE

Ballet Lubbock’s DANCEabilities classes are designed to foster a love of dance and creative expression for individuals with specific needs. Ballet Lubbock is proud to present programs created especially for children on the Autism spectrum or with Down syndrome.

Highly individualized and responsive to each child, classes blend classical ballet technique with varied movement and music activities within a fun, positive, and empowering atmosphere!

DANCEabilities faculty members are highly qualified and deeply committed to supporting all participants as they safely explore and develop skills in dance, movement, and social growth in an encouraging environment.

STEPHANIE JOHNSON, M.S., CAS, is a dance educator with 20 years of experience with special needs, and is counselor and Certified Autism Specialist.

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PERFORMANCES FOR ALL

Over 4,000 tickets donated annually

At Ballet Lubbock, we strive to inspire our community through accessible dance education and performance of the highest artistic caliber. Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors, we’re able to provide free outreach performances to the Lubbock community to expose as many people to our favorite art-form– dance—as possible.

Each year we offer special performances of The Nutcracker and our Spring Performance for children and special needs adults who would normally not be able to attend a ballet with a live orchestra. It is a truly priceless experience—in every sense of the word—for all those involved.

Further, an annual partnership with a local area school district brings more than 2,400 fourth graders to a free performance of The Nutcracker. In advance of each show, Ballet Lubbock provides a Nutcracker study guide which includes a plot outline with discussion points, tie-ins between dance and traditional classroom subject areas, and fun facts about the performance ahead.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

A significant component of the Ballet’s mission is to ensure that dance education opportunities are accessible to as many interested students as possible, and thus offers over $45,000 worth of tuition assistance each year.

20% of Ballet Lubbock students receive financial aid, with an average award covering 40% of tuition cost and at least 2 full scholarships are awarded to students from the Ballet Lubbock school programs.

Please visit the scholarship page for more information or to apply.

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