Community Outreach

 

Each season we are proud to invite hundreds of children who otherwise would not be able to see the Nutcracker to come to a special show just for them.  Following these special preview performance, the children in the cast leave the stage to come into the audience to meet our guests.


Our Community Outreach Director identifies future guests through social program and other non-profits.


   

If you are interested in more information about this program, call us at 919-932-2676.


Our Nutcracker Shows are official drop off zones for Toys for Tots.





Community Outreach History

As a non-profit organization, the Triangle Youth Ballet enjoys support from our members, friends and neighbors.  Our goal, to give back to the community, ranks high in our mission.

Here are some highlights:

•    We created a precedent setting community outreach program with over 1500 free passes to our Nutcracker distributed to organizations like ARC, Masonic Home for Children, Ronald McDonald House and Duke Trauma Center.  We invite them to share a bit of Nutcracker magic and after the show, the curtain opens and our cast mingles with our guests.  It is a truly wonderful event, however it is only one aspect of our civic mission.  

•    We donated a portion of the proceeds of our production Dracula, to the American Red Cross Blood Donor Services.

•    For seven years we have been an official drop off event for Toys for Tots, both in holiday parades and at the Nutcracker performances.

•    Music Box Dancers raised money for the Red Cross and the September 11 Fund by dancing for dollars at Chapel Hill’s Festifall

•    We have given Lecture Demonstrations in area schools and provided ballet content for a children’s art web site, AllThingsArt.

•    When the North Carolina Museum of Art opened the Rodin Exhibit, we performed at the Gala, representing three centuries of French Ballet.

•    We produced an abridged version of the ballet, Cinderella for the grand opening of the UNC Children's Hospital.

•    Sugar Plum Fairies and Snow Queens have made surprise appearances at the Masonic Home for Children and at UNC Memorial to visit with children hospitalized over the holidays.

•    For five seasons, we have linked forces with the Rotary Clubs of central North Carolina for a project called “Take A Kid To The Ballet.”  Children are invited by their Rotary host for an evening at the ballet and a reception where they meet the cast.

  1.    Dancers fund the Jacqueline C. Barnett Memorial Scholarship through sponsorship in an annual Dance-a-thon.  We have distributed scholarships for our dancers to attend North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat and the Joffrey Ballet.

  2.     We provided entertainment for the Carolina Inn for two afternoon teas for children, The Teddy Bear Tea and Cinderella's Tea Party.

  3.     We performed at Centerfest for the Durham Arts Council in Durham.

  4.     The 2009 and 2010 seasons for Dracula were linked with the Durham Red Cross.

  5.     Dancers from our school participated in a day long performance art piece at the North Carolina Museum of Art for the opening of the First in Flight Centennial Celebration.

  6.     Students performed Peter and the Wolf as a lecture-demonstration for grade K - 3 at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School.

  7.     We performed a Story Ballet at University Mall for Children.

  8.     And we provided the elements for the Dance Badge for Coastal Pines of Carolina Girls Scouts with a performance and back stage tour followed by a dance class.


As a way of offering quality dance instruction to all, we have a tuition assistance program that provides sliding scale payments.

The dancers, faculty and members of the Triangle Youth Ballet believe the art of dance should be shared and celebrated.  Dance enriches our lives and our community.  

Photography by Steve Clarke

Alice  Y.

TYB 2012

UNC and TYB faculty