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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Ballet

Mission: Young People’s Ballet Theatre enriches, inspires, and transforms our community through exceptional dance training and performance.

Results: For over 28 years Young People’s Ballet Theatre productions have delighted audiences of all ages with beautiful dancing, creative story-telling, lavish sets and scenery, and exquisite handmade costumes. Young People’s Ballet Theatre has established a solid reputation for excellence in the training of our dancers, many of whom have gone on to professional dance careers. By offering master classes and residencies with professional dancers and teachers, Young People’s Ballet Theatre has shared our high quality dance training with dancers from areas around the state. Young People’s Ballet Theatre has produced well developed outreach programs that promote the art of ballet in our community through educational programs in local schools, free performances at community events, and workshops for youth organizations.

Target demographics: Promote dance and the arts

Direct beneficiaries per year: Audiences of 3,000 for our public performances, 100 students in our dance training programs, 1000+ experience free performances or educational programs each year.

Geographic areas served: Flint and mid-Michigan

Programs: Full-length classical ballet performances, exceptional dance training for ages 3 to adult, immersive dance experiences with professional artists, dance workshops for children, educational programs and performances for schools.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Growing up dancing classical ballet, there is a passion for the arts. YPBT has brought that back for me. There is a truely unique and strong foundation being bulit for the students. The technical and personal growth in the student's is exceptional. With the friendly, warm atmosphere and true repect between instructor and student, YPBT students giving the training and skills needed to move on into the professional world. Be it in dance or any profession. I am honored to be able to work with the many volunteers and families. Watching the incredibly talented young dancers perform and grow into awesome young adults. Our future. .

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter is in her third year of training at YPBT. We drive an hour each way to go to this exceptional program and have known several other dancers who do the same. It is simply the best training to be found in the region. The caliber of dancing at this studio is superb and not something that we could find closer to home. The pre-professional training program offers classes Monday through Friday and the performance company on Saturdays. The teachers are wonderful and concerned about each and every student. The atmosphere at the studio is friendly and welcoming. I think my daughter will have a harder time leaving her friends at YPBT when she graduates than her high school classmates because they spend so much time together and are a close-knit group! The performances are beautiful in every way with challenging choreography, gorgeous hand made costumes, and so much more! Our only regret is that we didn't find YPBT sooner!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has danced at Young People's Ballet since she was three. The studio is technique driven, family friendly, with dancers that quickly become friends. I have found over the last ten years that the teachers are current, thoughtful and professional. In addition, the performing side of YPBT is the best! They perform full length, storybook ballets that come to life through exceptional dancing, beautiful handmade costumes and sets. It is an experience my daughter has treasured. I would highly recommend this studio to anyone who is looking for great dance technique, qualified teachers, professionalism, clean studios and a family friendly environment!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter is in her 3rd year at YPBT after many years at other studios. From day 1 both she and her parents felt very welcome. All the dancers are really wonderful role models for her. She dances many hours a week and is always ready and excited to go to class. There are ample opportunities to excel and it is a very positive environment. The performances are top notch with parents and other volunteers pitching in to make sure that everyone involved has a great experience.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

We moved to the Flint area and wondered where we would find a dance company that challenged our girls as much as the one they had joined in West MI. We were so delighted to find YPBT, which not only conducted regular dance classes, but also staged full length ballets appropriate for a young audience. From Heidi to Beauty and the Beast to the up-coming Coppelia, the shows chosen have been top notch. From little kids all the way through High School, this organization excels. The professional training our daughters receive is setting them up for whatever level of dance they desire to achieve. Most important, however, is the positive environment they are experiencing.

1 Brian97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a dance studio with great training and lovely people, this studio is for you! YPBT helps students learn the hard work and discipline that comes with dance, yet makes it fun. My daughter has danced there since she was 3 and is now 16 and she loves it. The teachers are great and help the dancers grow as an artist, and a person. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, its one big family!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Young People's Ballet Theatre is a unique and exceptional place to learn the art of dancing and offers volunteers a chance to experience being part of something magical. Instructors, dancers and volunteers have the opportunity to bring story book classics to life, on stage, through classical ballet performances. YPBT works together and give their best effort in creating a beautiful ballet in hopes each audience member finds the performance exceeds their expectations.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would definitely recommend YPBT to anyone looking for quality dance instruction! YPBT is a fantastic organization, there is such a great family-friendly environment. I have always felt welcomed. Furthermore, all of the classes I have taken have been great. The teachers are all so committed to the students as individuals, they make you feel valued and respected. They are also wonderful with younger children and are able to make dance fun and educational. Thank you YPBT!