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Review for Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Imagine you are 8 years old and you have just entered a world completely new and exciting. A huge studio space, just for dancing and flying around in. The hush of students as they watch their dance teacher demonstrate a 'plie' and the pianist lifting his hands to play the introduction. And there you have the first ballet step of a new student of Ballet Tech. Culled from auditions in NYC's Public School system, they are bussed into Manhattan, given the leotard and ballet slippers and 8 weeks of classical ballet training. All free to the student who shows the physical capabilities necessary to training in dance. Now imagine my experience as their ballet teacher, a former dancer of The Feld Ballet; facing a new class of 40 or so of these beautiful children, representing every borough of N.Y., every nation in the world, absorbing my every word, copying my movements with intense concentration, and starting a journey of a love of dance that some of them will be blessed enough to follow through to adulthood and a career. All of them will come away changed and benefited from the experience. What a tremendous joy to be involved with a school such as this. An organization that first introduces the students to a venerable art form, and then as the student grows and shows true aptitude, is prepared to educate the student in all academic subjects in an atmosphere that is well structured, disciplined and loving. Ballet Tech is truly a gem within the educational diversity that is available in the 'greatest city in the world' and I believe we should all value and support Eliot Feld's vision of bringing the beauty and discipline of ballet to the children of New York City's public schools who otherwise may never know what it is like to soar across a huge studio space made just for dancing. Can you see their smiles?

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

..seeing the positive influence of the discipline of ballet on todays youth in the public school system.

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

Enable them to reach more students.

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

Being around tremendously motivated, hard working and talented staff that are passionate about their work.

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

Kind, patient and consistent

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

Continue to reach many, many children with a gift of dance in an economic atmosphere that makes creativity/the arts feel endangered.

Ways to make it better...

I were still able to teach there...

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

Funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Former teacher for the school.