Community Outreach

DanceChance

The DanceChance program was created as an opportunity for economically disadvantaged children to gain exposure to the art form of dance. Through the program, The Tallahassee Ballet offers students across Leon County completely free dance instruction, as well as dance wear and shoes for the class. It is important that students get a full and well-rounded experience, so the Ballet provides a spring recital for all the students in the county-wide program to showcase what they have learned to their family, friends, and teachers.  All participants in our programs are invited to learn more about dance through complimentary tickets to Company performances and community open houses held at The Tallahassee Ballet studios, where they can watch the Company train and rehearse.

Our professional and qualified teachers not only share their passion and love for dance, but also impart discipline and encourage self-expression. Dance offers a special and unique enhancement to traditional education. In addition, talented and dedicated students are awarded scholarships to continue training over the summer at The Tallahassee Ballet.

The Nutcracker School Show

Every season The Tallahassee Ballet invites educational groups to attend Company performances at a drastically reduced rate. The Ballet produces a special version of the performance, geared just toward children, and creates fun lesson plans that tie the performance to the educational themes that students are learning in school. These performances are very popular with school administrators and sell out almost every season. This program exposes hundreds of people in the community to the beauty of a classical ballet performance.

The 2017 Children’s Matinee performance will be on Saturday, December 16th at 10:30 am. To reserve tickets, please contact MaryRebekah Wright at (850) 224-6917, ext 22, or via email at maryrebekah@tallahasseeballet.org.

Backstage at the Ballet

Backstage at the Ballet is a unique opportunity to peek behind the curtain and experience the inner workings of a ballet company. The Tallahassee Ballet invites the surrounding community, including all DanceChance students, business leaders, and other area organizations to the ballet studios for a series of interactive and informative sessions including:

 

  • Watching the Company dancers rehearse for the upcoming production
  • Costuming lecture/discussion with The Tallahassee Ballet’s Resident Designer
  • A tour of the brand new facility
  • Question & Answer session on classical ballet topics
On Stage Now

Through the On Stage Now Program, The Tallahassee Ballet offers mini-performances and lecture/demonstrations around the Greater Tallahassee area. This peek into the performing arts world can be a wonderful introduction to the art of dance and attendees are encouraged to learn more and attend other dance and cultural events. The Tallahassee Ballet is committed to creating accessibility for the surrounding community at large to experience classical ballet.

MaryRebekah Wright Assistant to the Artistic Director, Community Outreach Director

MaryRebekah Wright grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and began her dance training at the age of 5. She studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop and tumbling under the direction of Crystal Draper and Melissa June. She has danced with Ellen Werksmen in Chicago and with Atlanta Festival Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet during summers and spent a month studying ballet and modern dance in Paris, France. She was a member of the Civic Ballet of Volusia County for ten years, performing lead roles in their annual Nutcracker. She then moved to Tallahassee to study with the Florida State University School of Dance and pursued arts administration and outreach education in addition to dance. In May 2016 MaryRebekah graduated from FSU with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications. She has experience teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and tumbling, first in Daytona Beach and later in Thomasville, Georgia. MaryRebekah joined The Tallahassee Ballet in July 2016, when she started as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She was appointed to the role of Assistant to the Artistic Director in August 2017.

MaryRebekah can be reached at (850) 224-6917, ext 22, or via email at maryrebekah@tallahasseeballet.org.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Nutcracker

December 16-17, 2017
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

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Swan Lake & Other Works

May 12-13, 2018
Join us for our spring production! This full-length production with live orchestration centers on excerpts from Swan Lake Act II & Act IV, and contemporary works.

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