RISE Program

RISE Program

Relevé In Search of Excellence | Charmaine Hunter: chunter@orlandoballet.org (407.203.3731) or Joni Newman: jnewman@orlandoballet.org or (407.203.3737)

An Orlando Ballet & OCPS Invitation

Program Objective:  

RISE provides dancers with additional experiences designed to prepare them for professional careers in the performing arts.   


Program Description: 

One of Community Enrichment’s newest programs, RISE invites middle and high schools with existing Performing Arts Dance Magnet Programs to partner with Orlando Ballet to elevate their student experience to the next level. Students receive an additional thirty hours of training from our teaching artists with emphasis on technique and choreography, all centered around preparation for entering professional careers in dance. As part of their experience, students are invited to observe professional company rehearsals at Orlando Ballet. At the conclusion of their residencies, students come to Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre in an event that includes a full day of workshops followed by a showcase of their work for the community. Students are also extended invitations to continue their training with Orlando Ballet and receive valuable exposure to other arts professionals throughout the United States.  


Program Statistics:   

Number of Residencies Annually: 14 

Number of Students Reached Annually: Approximately 200 


Since beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, RISE participants have gone on to incredible achievements. Students have accepted or been offered opportunities to pursue the next stages of their dance careers with the following: 

Professional Contracts:  

  • Peridance Contemporary Dance Company 
  • Royal Caribbean 
  • Ruth Page Center for the Arts 

Summer Intensives:  

  • Boston Conservatory  
  • Brenau University 
  • Central Florida Ballet 
  • DanzForce Extreme 
  • Florida Southern University 
  • Florida State University 
  • Footworks Dance Studio 
  • French Woods Festival 
  • Gus Giordano Dance School 
  • Joffrey Ballet 
  • Jon Lehrer Dance Company 
  • MoBBallet 
  • NobleMotion Dance 
  • Orlando Ballet 
  • Peridance Center 
  • Raskin Dance Studio 
  • Suzanne Farrell Ballet 
  • Valencia College 
  • White Swan Academy 

Higher Education:  

  • AMDA College of Performing Arts 
  • Arizona State University 
  • Bates College 
  • Boston Conservatory 
  • Colorado State University 
  • Dean College 
  • Florida A&M University 
  • Florida Atlantic University 
  • Florida Southern College 
  • Florida State University Jacksonville University 
  • Kent State University 
  • Lindenwood University 
  • Marymount Manhattan College Northern Illinois University 
  • Old Dominion University 
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University 
  • Point Park University 
  • Sam Houston State University 
  • Seton Hall University 
  • Shenandoah University 
  • Texas A&M University 
  • Texas Christian University 
  • The Ohio State University 
  • University of Florida 
  • University of Minnesota University of North Carolina School of the Arts 
  • University of South Florida 
  • University of Tennessee 
  • Valencia College 
  • Webster University 

Competitive Dance:  

  • Junior Olympics Dance Competition
  • Orlando Tap Festival 
  • Revel Dance Convention Genesis 
  • Showstoppers Nationals 
  • World Ballet Competition 

In total, RISE participants have received more than $1,000,000 in scholarship offers. 

Thank You to our Sponsors:


Orange County Public Schools
Seminole County Public Schools
Harrison School for the Arts


If you have questions about RISE, please contact Charmaine Hunter  (chunter@orlandoballet.org or 407-203-3731), or Joni Newman (jnewman@orlandoballet.org, 407-203-3737).

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