Making Dance Accessible to Kids
The Sacramento Ballet’s Leaps and Bounds Program has expanded greatly since its inception in 2007.
This Sacramento Ballet program takes place at three Title 1 schools in center city – William Land Elementary; the Language Academy; and Washington Elementary. It is designed to not only introduce students to the experience of live performance, but also to allow the opportunity for personal participation in dance training and the creative arts experience. This program is also designed to fulfill K-12 Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) curriculum standards of the California Department of Education. Specific elements of the program include: a) a year-long dance class opportunity offered at no cost to the students at each school by a bi-lingual teacher from the Company’s Dance Education Training Program; b) dancewear and supplies provided free of cost to the students; c) students from the school visiting the ballet studio during the course of the year to watch the rehearsal/dance creation process in action; and d) the chance for students and their families to see one or more live performances at the Community Center theater through our Send-A-Child Program.
Westminster Church has been instrumental in seeing this program grow. It began with fifteen students at William Land but, through the additional support of Wells Fargo and other individual donors, has grown to more than ninety students at three schools. This year, seventy-five of the youngsters took part in the Sacramento Ballet’s end-of-term dance demonstration to outstanding response from the audience. If you missed it, here’s your chance to enjoy a treat, and give even more encouragement to this young group of dancers.
Leaps and Bounds Grows by 400 Percent!
SCUSD students are jumping and twirling for Leaps and Bounds – the Sacramento Ballet outreach program offering free ballet classes, tickets to the ballet, and performance opportunities to local public schools. The program which has expanded from 20 students in past years to 80 students in three schools is in high demand and working closely to provide quality arts education in our community. For more information contact Education and Outreach Coordinator, Karina Hagemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org