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Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education, Ballet

Mission: Ballet Tech Foundation Inc. has as its purpose the furtherance and evolution of classical dance, and with that, the investigation of choreography and dancing aimed towards creating a richer and more authentic American ballet mode. Complementing this, Ballet Tech is committed to introducing tens of thousands of NYC public school children to the beauty and rigor of classical dance and providing those most talented with the dance training necessary to fulfill their natural gifts, tuition-free. Ballet Tech pledges itself to the development of succeeding generations of ballet dancers, whose diversity reflects the full spectrum of the American community.

Results: Each year, the Ballet Tech School introduces dance to 3,000 public elementary school children through citywide auditions.  For 700 students who demonstrate both talent and interest, Ballet Tech provides a continuum of training, beginner to advanced, entirely tuition-free. Since the School’s founding in 1978, 799,716 children have auditioned and 20,265 have enrolled.

Target demographics: make classical dance accessible to all children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,772

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: citywide auditions, beginner classes, intensive full-time training for intermediate and advanced students entirely tuition-free, and Kids Dance, our student performance troupe

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WHY I GIVE TO BALLET TECH

Forty years ago, Eliot Feld set out to create the nation's only public school for dance. Ballet Tech, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, is the result of his vision: to seek out city kids who aren't familiar with the world of ballet though have talent, the physique, and an enthusiasm for movement. It is wonderful to see this school full of dancers that LOOK and SOUND like New Yorkers -- all the colors, languages, and cultures of our city. And because of the generosity of others, every student has a full scholarship, with rigorous training in state-of-the-art dance studios and live piano accompaniment, free dance clothes & shoes, an academic program of high standards, and a positive school culture. My son and his fellow students have grace, poise, musicality, confidence, and discipline, as well as a passion for and appreciation of the arts. And the school is half boys, how cool is that! #BalletTech #NYCPublicSchoolForDance #DanceNYC #GivingTuesday #MyGivingStory #WhyIGive

Review from #MyGivingStory

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so so so much satisfied!!!
My daughter is always happy to go to school.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is an amazing school. This school has taught my daughter so much. I highly recommend this school to other parents.My daughter really likes this schoool.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is in Ballet Tech and is having a rare and very special education she could not have found elsewhere. She is getting incredible dance instruction which will serve her well in whatever she chooses to pursue in the future. It demands a level of focus, discipline and persistence which is unlikely to be found in a generic public school. Her talent as a dancer is being recognized and nurtured. In addition, she has always been a very strong student and her academic classes are quite good. She continues to test at the top end of all the state testing.

We are so grateful to Ballet Tech for giving our daughter such a gift.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ballet Tech is a perfect school!!! Perfect teachers!!! Perfect school staff!!! I am very glad that my son is a student of Ballet Tech.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Having my daughter in Ballet Tech is a blessing. The environment is great and she is learning so much not only in Ballet but academically. I highly recommend this school to other parents.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation is the most incredible gift to new yorkers I have seen in my 20 years in this town. The respect they show to their little students, the support they give to the families is beyond professionalism: it is very humbling to see such sensitivity and patience and well love.

Thank you Maestro Feld for assembling a team of extraordinary human beings that help uncover glimpses of talent that brightens up this urban jungle we live in.

If the Times were less snobbish you would be on the first page at the start of every school year.

God Bless ! And Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this oasis of beautiful expressionism.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My child was fortunate to be a student in Ballet tech for 4 years, I am so greatfull about the discipline and the amount of time they spent teaching these kids, they will go above and beyond to meet the childrens needs . that shows there professionalism .THANK YOU MAMANBOBO

1 Tonia A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My nephew is a student. Ballet Tech is a wonderful school! I have been to the shows at the Joyce Theater which are PHENOMENAL. Also lucky enough to visit the summer open houses. Such a incredible group of talented children and wonderful, supportive, talented and patient (LOL) faculty. The existence of school like Ballet Tech is another reason NYC is the greatest city!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ballet Tech is one of the best public schools in NYC that has its vision and mission on the right track. The FREE professional training of ballet and the excellent academic system makes this school not only unique but also, a model for other schools to learn from. I've never met a bunch of students and teachers where friendliness and ease transitioning into a school so smooth. The school staff are wonderful and approachable. My daughter, one of the dancers there, loves this school and I give much credit to the school for her proactive attitude to complete her work, to practice her steps, and overall positive attitude. She's very blessed to have landed in Ballet Tech in the most unexpected way.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Blown away by this School and its faculty.They go over and above to make every students needs are met
and the quality of the education is very high. Every parent of a dance interested and talented child should consider ballet Tech as an option.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a student at Ballet Tech since the fourth grade.
He is now a graduating 8th grader. The dance instruction
he's received throughout his time with BT is
priceless. Dance and the love of dance can be
felt in everything that BT does. Amazing people
who I will always remain grateful for.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ballet Tech have been a tremendous blessing to my son. This organization has done so much for kids from the 5 boroughs around New York City. The environment at the school is so vibrant. The kids seem to smile more, unbelievable. Thanks Ballet Tech keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Ballet Tech is a wonderful, friendly and vibrant institution that enriches the lives of many children. The staff is extremely courteous, kind and communicative. The school provides the children with a family friendly environment that encourages them to strive for improvement and success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has benefitted tremendously from participating in Ballet Tech's school program. It was such a surprise to us how much he enjoys ballet. Ballet was something that he had never been exposed to prior to the beginner program Ballet Tech that offered to his old school. Now, we see such a positive effect on many aspects of his life. Even his learning and interest in school has increased. We all couldn't be more pleased, our nine year old included.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ballet Tech is a great organization serving students and families from the 5 boroughs of NY. My son is a 4th Grade student at Ballet Tech and he is already reaping the benefits. Ballet Tech's program provides free scholarships to students across the 5 boroughs and introduces them to dance, classical music, and a rigorous academic curriculum. Students learn that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. Children are exposed to music, professional dance and a quality education.

I applaud what Ballet Tech stands for and their valuable service to children in the NY area. My son is not only learning to dance and appreciate Classical Music. He is also gaining valuable traits like hard work, discipline and perseverance. These traits will allow him to succeed in any endeavors that he undertakes in the future.

Thank You Ballet Tech

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a dancer who is currently a student at Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance. My daughter has been a student at the school for three years. Ballet Tech offers my daughter a unique and a once in a lifetime opportunity where she receives rigorous ballet training in conjunction with a full academic curriculum from 4th to 8th grade. The program is designed to train students achieve academic success as well as becoming professional dancers.
Ballet Tech’s rare program not only teaches students to be successful but also provides students like my daughter an opportunity to receive pre-professional level of ballet training tuition free. Mr. Eliot Feld’s (founder and director of the school) belief of teaching ballet to anyone who wants to dance truly makes the school a Cinderella story in the sense of giving an opportunity for students like my daughter, receive excellent academic and pre-professional ballet training tuition-free, and for parents like me to witness my daughter’s progression into a talented, responsible, and motivated young lady. Without Ballet Tech’s free pre-professional training, my daughter would not have the opportunity to further sharpen her talents and skills as a dancer, as I could never financially afford enrolling her to a ballet school. Through Ballet Tech and Mr. Feld’s vision of providing ballet to anyone who has the innate abilities, students are given the chance to learn the beautiful art form of ballet and develop an appreciation of the arts for free.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BALLET TECH HAS OFFERED MY CHILD AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. THE DANCE PROGRAM IS PROFESSIONAL AND THE TRAINING SHE IS RECEIVING CANNOT BE MATCHED. MY CHILD IS TYPICALLY SHY BUT THROUGH DANCE SHE EXPRESSES HERSELF. BALLET TECH HAS BROUGHT FORWARD A TALENT IN MY CHILD THAT WE DID NOT EVEN KNOW WAS THERE!! SHE HAS ACQUIRED A TRUE LOVE FOR DANCE THROUGH THIS WONDERFUL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE DOE AND BALLET TECH.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful school! The dance program is professional and the academic program is rigorous. The ballet teachers are invested in the growth of their students and stress the importance of discipline and repetition. The academic teachers personalize learning goals and employ sound, up to date pedagogy. There are smart boards, extensive classroom libraries, and lots of academic writing. The class size is about 18, and this is a public school in New York City! Where else would you find such a small class size in the city? The principal and parent coordinator are always available and DO NOT tolerate bullying-- they seem to end potential situations before they grow. The physical space is inspirational with the brick walls, huge windows onto Broadway, the airy loft space, the sunny cafeteria, and the quirky-shaped classrooms that have lots of cool nooks and crannies that are great for small group work. The bus service is reliable, albeit pricey, but they do offer generous transportation scholarships. The students come from all over the boroughs, and seem to form a community almost instantly. The diversity of the student body is embraced, and no one is ever made to feel out of place. Ballet Tech has the feel of a progressive independent school sans all the ego, pretense, and over-the-top tuition.

Susan346

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No other organization in the nation achieves what Ballet Tech does: seeking talent in NYC public school children who would otherwise lack the opportunity to discover dance training and the art of ballet. Their lives are enriched by introduction to a new realm filled with movement and music, and the excitement of being asked to show who they are through rhythm and comportment. Ballet classes demand imagination, an understanding of ideals, and esteem for oneself and others, as well as adherence to instruction.