My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, USA
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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my life in an all encompassing fashion.
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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.
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