Why Outreach?

Tampa City Ballet is committed to serving our local community through outreach in three distinct ways:

Education, Performances and Scholarships.

by providing access to high-quality arts education, accessible and affordable performances and scholarship opportunities, Tampa City Ballet is extending the cultural experience of dance to new audiences.

 

Our Outreach Programs

 
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Arts Education - “On Your Feet”

On Your Feet, our main educational outreach program began as a six week project created by Artistic Director Paula Nunez. The project introduced children to the joy of dance and targeted under-served children in at-risk communities. Realizing the incredible impact this program could have on youth within our community, Tampa City Ballet (TCB) began a collaboration with University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC) to provide On Your Feet as an offering within their Dream Catchers Summer Camp. The partnership between TCB and UACDC has proved fruitful and is now moving into its sixth year and has expanded to serve three separate locations.

Unique to this program is that it is lead by master instructors with years of experience, both teaching and performing.

Students participating in this program develop creativity, discipline, musicality, motor skills, confidence, and team building experience. Parents and children alike are introduced to the joy of dance and often are stimulated to pursue dance at a deeper level. Students from this program have subsequently been offered scholarships to receive professional dance education and performance opportunities through Tampa City Ballet’s partnership with America’s Ballet School.

In 2017, Tampa City Ballet also began offering On Your Feet to children ages 3 and up at local area schools. To learn more about this program, please email us at info@tampacityballet.org

 
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Scholarships

Tampa City Ballet strives to provide training for promising dancers of all ages by facilitating full or partial scholarships through our partnership with America’s Ballet School, one of the top ballet academies serving Tampa.

Most students access scholarships through our On Your Feet Outreach program. TCB provides qualifying students with opportunities to train with professional ballet masters.

The success of this program has been outstanding and dancers from our scholarship program have moved on to receive full-ride college scholarships and several have chosen to pursue dance as a full or part-time profession. When these dancers are in town, they are participating as project dancers in TCB performances. The need to fund this program is huge! Please consider donating to sustain this outreach effort.

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Outreach Performances & Lectures

Each year, Tampa City Ballet partners with America’s Ballet School to present its educational version of The Nutcracker. TCB dancers join the trainees as well as scholarship students to enhance this beloved ballet to a near professional level performance. Affordable matinees provide an opportunity for students, seniors and first time ballet audiences to enjoy the magic of this holiday favorite in an abridged ninety-minute performance. Nutcracker study guides are available in advance to familiarize students with the story, as well as provide education in theater etiquette. The performance concludes with a Q & A session between the dancers and the audiences.

Tampa City Ballet and the Trainees also provide outdoor performances and lectures at public and private schools, festivals and community events. From the streets to the nearest community center, the dancers expose the community to dance and offer entertainment to children and adults alike. The pieces performed are tailored to the event,  from five-minute choreographic works to short versions of story-ballets. Private performances are offered as well. For more information, please email info@tampacityballet.org.


 

Benefits of high-quality dance instruction

  • FOLLOwing INSTRUCTIONS AND DISCIPLINE

  • confidence

  • MEMORY

  • MUSICALITY

  • COORDINATION

  • FLEXIBILITY, STRENGTH, AND MOTOR SKILLS

  • HEALTHY HABITS

  • CREATIVITY AND ARTISTRY

  • TEAM WORK

  • Math and Literacy skills

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Want to collaborate with TCB?

We will be happy to offer and bring our outreach programs, outreach performances, and lectures to your school or organization.