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January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

My daughter attends this school.If it was not for Ballet Tech,My child would never get this chance to dance or otherwise be exposed to the arts .Thanks to all the hard work and effort to the school staff,and bakket staff.This is a great envirment for a child to strive.Thank you Ballet Tech.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my child learn the art of dance.She is learning the art of hard work and to respect herself and others. She is learing to be a better part of society and is learning to give back.

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January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

My son, Christopher has been attending Ballet Tech for two years now. He started out only on Wednesdays for 6 weeks and progress to another 6 weeks on Saturdays. He has received a scholarship to attend Ballet Tech full time now. He goes to academic classes in the morning and ballet classes in the afternoon. The Ballet Tech Foundation has given him the opportiunity to learn the Art of Ballet in moving gracefully and confidently in the studio. Since attending Battet Tech, he has become more outgoing and socialable. Ballet Tech is a great experience for him. The Ballet Tech Foundation Inc, has given students like Chris the chance to learn to dance professionally.

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In 2009 thru 2011.

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It would be great if the students can continue High School in Ballet Tech.

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

The Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc. has helped to provide my son with a terrific educational experience. The Foundation is connected with a marvelous New York city public school and he excelled both academically and artistically. My son learned a discipline that will help him throughout his life. The rigorous ballet training allowed him to express himself physically while also teaching him control. It provided him an outlet for his energy so that he could more easily concentrate on his studies and therefore he could be a better student.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my child learn to dance.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

let the children do more performances.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching my son and other children master a difficult art form.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, generous, intelligent and very energetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give many more children the same wonderful opportunity.

Ways to make it better...

the school included a high school.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to raise money every year.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope everyone has enjoyed their work as much as we have enjoyed receiving the benefit of their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I will never forget the day that my daughter went to Ballet Tech to audition for their scholarship program. She was in the third grade at the time and had very limited experience in ballet. She had many question about the audition in which the teachers answered. I felt like they truly appreciated and understood her curiosity. After she began the scholarship program, they would pick her up every Monday morning and brimg her to their facility. She was so excited about this because it made her feel special that she had been chosen to take part in such a wonderful opportunity. I was amazed at how this organization put forth the effort to pick her up, give her a ballet class, and return her back to school by lunch time. It was like a dream come true as such opportunities are almost immpossible to find! At this point my daughter is now in the 5th grade and has grown more confident in her own abilities. I now also have a son who has been through the scholarship program and now attends the school as a 4th grader. I strongly feel that if there were more organizations around like Ballet Tech, student achievement would be greater as I have even noticed improvement in my children academically. Ballet Tech has enriched the quality of our lives!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how it has enhanced our lives by offering quality instruction in ballet, and opportunities that my family normally wouldn't have exposure to.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the growth and development of my children in their ballet technique. Several times a year I have had the opportunity to attend an open House event in which I could actually see what they do in class.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very experienced professionals in the field of ballet as well as parents who volunteered and were truly committed to the mission of the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a playground/facility in which the children could run and play during thier recess.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

My daughter as a 7 year old 3rd grader was asked to participate in a weekly dance session which led to an audition, selection and participatioon in the Ballet Tech academic and dance program. Now a 12 year old 7th grader she is a confident disciplined dancer at her level and a good curious thoughtful student, socially conscious and socially comfortable with her class of diverse and equally disciplined students from all Boros, all striving to grow in their academics and dance. Ballet Tech offers a program of small class size, and intense discipline led by motivated teachers seeking out motivated kids from throughout the City bringing them together to a centrally located well designed facility. The kids graduate with the necessary skills and attitudes to lead successful lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reference to my daughters development and through my participation with the PTA.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the development of my daughter and also the influence of dance on her personal growth which has influenced her development in all aspects of her life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, intelligent and sensiitive to the overall education and personal growth of children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the academic facilities relative to the architecture and the technology tools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

When I first became involved with Ballet Tech it had to be around 1990; I was only 9 yrs old. I think at this time the organization was called Eliot Feld's Ballet. I spent most of my adolescent and teenage years in the school as one of the many dance students. In 1999 I graduated from their highschool academic program. Although I did not continue a career in dance as an adult, I found that many of the virtues I was taught while in the school have helped me so dearly in all my pursuits. As a young man in Ballet Tech's dance program I learned dedication, motivation, and most importantly--for me at least--fearlessness. I was recruited during an audition held in my elementary school, P.S. 305, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Five students from my entire school were picked, me included. I distinctly remember the feeling of having won something. Little did I know at the time, this single event would propel me into a world far beyond what was, and would have been, available to me given the economic situation of my parents and the lack of resources in my environment. It may seem a lot to attribute to the school, but in truth the affect that exposure to the arts has on a child is incalculable. History has shown us this time and time again by producing great talents in this manner (e.g. James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, etc.). In addition, the cadre at Ballet Tech were role models to me as a young man. Many of the lessons that I learned from instructors like Mr. Levans and Ms. Sarry have had applications that transcended the arts. There are so many positive things to be said about my experience with this organization, but by no means was everyday a bright day while in the school. The transformation from pedestrian to dancer is at best a very difficult one, and at times seemingly impossible. The fact that I was empowered to do this at such a young age, performing at venues like the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theatre, attests the true worth of this organization. In December of 2009 I attended a recital at the school; it was the second time I returned there since graduating highschool (the first time was only a few weeks prior). As I watched the young dancers; heard the swooshing sound of slippers in glissade and the staccato rhythm of the instructors's tapping feet; and experienced, vicariously, the liberation of a grande jete combination; I was inundated with memories of my experience there. Hence, I became a donor. I am forever grateful for the invaluable contribution this organization has made to my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life in an all encompassing fashion.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

impeccable. I have a great respect for them and the work that they do. I do not believe they can fathom how deep the impressions they make penetrate the students they train.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

My career as a professional ballet dancer has been intimately tied to Ballet Tech. The founder, Eliot Feld, ingeniously developed his touring company of dancers (to which I was fortunate to be part of), while simultaneously nurturing the next generation of talented performers through his Ballet Tech school. During my ten year career with Mr Feld, I shared the stage with many of these young dancers. Only last Spring I performed at the Joyce Theater with three 6th grade students in The Spaghetti Ballet! Ballet Tech foundation has the Joyce Theater at its finger tips to present 'all student' productions and/or to integrate students into Mr Feld's 'adult' pieces of choreography. Ballet Tech is a small school with two closely run components: academics and dance. I often talk with teachers and supervisors of the dance school who are of the highest caliber and intensely devoted to the children's success and happiness. Mr Feld himself is a constant presence and mentor of the students. Several years ago I even applied for a position as math teacher at the school - I am a licensed NYC public middle school teacher! Ballet Tech is a serious school with a warm heart!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very professional and had great expertise

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I Love the Ballet Tech school. The kids! They are so beautiful. They are so lucky. They are picked up in buses from all five boroughs of New York City and brought to Broadway and 19th Street for dance classes. After a few years academic classes were added and the kids now spend the better part of their day here. Learning, eating, and Dancing. Most of these kids come from families who could never afford lessons, much less expose them to one of the finest dance facilities in the world. These are the gifted ones. Some will go on to dance professionally, others not. But what they learn here at Ballet Tech is incalculable. To discipline a free spirit, to demand that they focus, to show them how to work hard and dream towards beauty, is an undertaking of mountainous proportions. Take the energy for teaching one child and multiply it by hundreds. Now you have a galaxy of long lasting dedication, focus and hard work. What will happen? All of this is going into the future. These human beings with love, sweat, beauty and self knowledge in their veins. Eliot Feld’s broad vision in establishing the Ballet Tech School will have its tendrils out into the universe for years to come. I love Ballet Tech. The kids have no idea the magnitude of the gift, but I do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm a profesional dancer. Having studied and worked intensively in the dance world, I know and value the importance of teaching at it's best.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The kids! They are amazing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world. Expand the gifts of love of the arts, one little body at a time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

When I was ten years old Ballet Tech held an audition in the auditorium of my elementary school in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. That day changed my life. They provided me with free ballet instruction from middle school to high school. They initiated what turned out to be my professional career in dance for approximately thirteen years. Ballet Tech ensured that I received a solid academic education as well- an education that opened the door to a successful admission to both college and law school. Ballet Tech gives these opportunities to all students that walk through its doors. An institution that allows EVERY child to learn how to dance is an institution that deserves exaltation. Even if that child does not become a professional dancer, their experiences at Ballet Tech promote a love of the arts, as well as superior discipline and focus. In addition, the mere experience of being a part of Ballet Tech makes every accepted child a more well-rounded candidate for colleges and graduate institutions. Ballet Tech is a non-profit institution. They provide these services with no expectations. Ballet Techs' only hope is that the arts continue to thrive by creating new, young fans.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its studio space and school space. It could increase the amount of students enrolled because of the ability to provide more scholarships. It could also ensure transportation to and from the studio for the children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Ballet Tech is the only public school in the US that allows talented students to pursue their love of dance and to be trained in professional technique while completing their academic studies - and all for FREE. Whether or not they become professional dancers, Ballet Tech students go out into the world with the grace, strength and work ethic to accomplish their goals and enrich our society. Ballet Tech is a truly unique and Great Nonprofit!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids, and all the people whose lives those kids will touch, even more than it already does.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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