- Trying on your first pair of ballet slippers
- Meeting professional dancers and actors
- Belonging to a strong arts community
- Attending the ballet
- Forming traditions
The Charlotte Youth Ballet gives hopeful young dancers these Lasting Impressions through our aptly titled outreach program.
Lasting Impressions is the result of a collaboration between the Charlotte Youth Ballet and Greater Enrichment Program, a forty-plus year old after school program in Charlotte for at-risk children. Lasting Impressions offers these children an immersive ballet experience. Classes are taught by Charlotte Youth Ballet staff and are held weekly from September through May.
Areas of focus include:
- Dance Movement
- Exposure to Classical Music
- Ballet Technique and Vocabulary
- Personal and Physical Development
Lasting Impressions dancers have the opportunity to attend CYB’s Nutcracker and spring season performance. They can also attend pre-show events and receptions hosted by CYB. Backstage tours and meet and greets with professional dancers are a big hit as is observing dance classes at a classical ballet studio. These dancers also have the opportunity to perform in Greater Enrichment Program’s Holiday and Spring Showcases.
Introducing ballet and the arts to diverse audiences is part of CYB’s mission. We need your support to continue to give back to our community and offer programs like Lasting Impressions.