SAINT LOUIS BALLET
IN THE COMMUNITY
Saint Louis Ballet brings the beauty of ballet to children who cannot make the trip to the theatre. Our dancers LOVE visiting patients at Children's Hospital and we hope we can bring these strong and amazing kids some happiness with our visits.
Lucky students from all over St. Louis attended The Nutcracker and were able to ask questions of the dancers after the show! Thanks to special support from Ameren, Emerson, Heartland Coca-Cola and anonymous foundations and donors for making this unforgettable experience possible for youngsters!
Saint Louis Ballet’s mission to bring the best in ballet to the metropolitan area includes a strong commitment to education and outreach. Pointe to Succeed is a free program that introduces school-aged children to the wonder, discipline and art of ballet by connecting them directly with professional dancers. The curriculum is multi-dimensional, covering classical ballet stories and fairy tales, the elements of ballet, dance training, and life as a professional dancer. Students also learn about the multitude of jobs available in the world of performing arts.
Protecting the Legacy of the Choreographer
On Friday, October 4th , Saint Louis Ballet presented a conversation with former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Balanchine répétiteur, Nilas Martins. Mr. Martins was interviewed by Christine O’Neal, Director of the MFA in Dance program at Washington University. An enthusiastic audience learned about Mr. Martins journey from student to répétiteur, the importance of protecting the legacy of 20th century master choreographers, and the methods for doing so.
MASTER CLASS FOR THE COMMUNITY
On Saturday, September 22nd, Twyla Tharp dancer and Broadway performer Matthew Dibble offered a master class for ballet students that focused on bringing an awareness of the aesthetic of contemporary movement into their practice. The group of 28 students were thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to learn from a leading dancer and répétiteur of Tharp’s works.