Designed to Inspire
The Orlando Ballet School’s S.T.E.P.S. program is sponsored in part by:
Orlando Ballet is entering its 23rd year of providing free ballet classes to low-income inner-city children through the Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students (S.T.E.P.S.) program, modeled after a similar award-winning program developed by New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Designed to Encourage
The Orlando Ballet School’s Adaptive Dance Program is sponsored in part by:
Modeled after the Boston Ballet program, which began in 2002, Orlando Ballet School’s Adaptive Dance Program is designed to encourage children with Down syndrome to express themselves creatively through music, movement and dance. Classes are held at the South Campus on Saturdays.
Intro to Ballet
Interactive Lecture and Demonstration
The Orlando Ballet School’s Intro to Ballet Program is sponsored in part by:
Orlando Ballet has presented an educational story ballet to every Orange County Public School (OCPS) second grade student for the past 17 years through its Intro to Ballet Program, reaching approximately 16,000 students annually. This year, OCPS Second graders will see Orlando Ballet’s presentation of Arcadian Broad’s Beauty & the Beast.
Family Magic at the Ballet
Designed to Ignite
Family Magic at the Ballet is designed to help under-privileged children and their families feel comfortable attending large cultural events and understand that the theatre is a community space where they are welcome and can feel at home. Launched in the 2016-2017 Season, Orlando Ballet provided over 300 complimentary tickets to our production of Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story to young children and their families with the help of Early Leaning Coalition of Orange County’s School Readiness and Parramore Kidz Zone Baby Institute programs and many other local community organizations.
With the help of community funders, plans for the program during 2017-18 include two matinee shows for both The Nutcracker in December and Arcadian Broad’s Beauty & the Beast during the Family Weekend in March.
Children from New Image Youth Center attending Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, 2017
Photography: Olyvya Kelly