Ballet Bus, presented in partnership with Miami-Dade County Schools and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, is a groundbreaking program created by MCB to eliminate the most difficult barrier to young children from underserved communities participating in the arts: transportation. By providing transportation and a year-round fully subsidized scholarship program to attend MCB's 63,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, we are opening new avenues for personal growth, exploration, and transformation to students, ages 7-10, from Miami-Dade County's Title I schools - where 80% are living at or below the poverty line - with a full scholarship for exceptional dance training. Serving as a gateway into the arts, the 34-week program provides students with dance training in one of the nation's most respected dance academies. This is a truly equalizing opportunity for young people in our community, with a long-term focus on changing lives.
Ballet for Young People (BFYP)
Ballet for Young People (BFYP) is MCB's landmark educational outreach program that provides a free opportunity for family and school audiences of various socioeconomic backgrounds to explore classical ballet. Created to provide a window into the transformative power of the live performing arts for young people from underserved communities, challenging backgrounds, and diverse socioeconomic strata, BFYP has been a landmark program for MCB for nearly two decades.
The program offers free and low-cost ballet performances to thousands of young people each season, inspiring a sense of awe and wonder as we introduce the beauty of the art form to the next generation. This season, we add four BFYP performances to our roster with performances in two new venue locations, underlining our commitment to making classical ballet accessible to diverse communities.
EXPLORE DANCE brings ballet directly into the classroom for 1st and 2nd graders from an at-risk Miami Beach Title 1 school. Explore Dance ensures that children in our community have access to a comprehensive dance training program that broadens artistic development while promoting wellness, creativity, teamwork, discipline, and social growth. Explore Dance students participate in weekly dance classes in the classroom, where all instruction is based on MCB School's Ballet Preparatory curriculum and taught by a highly-qualified faculty member from MCB School. At the end of the school year, students celebrate their year-long exploration of dance and the performing arts in a performance for 200 of their peers and family members in MCB's in-house studio theater. Further demonstrating our commitment to nurturing long-term access to and engagement with the arts, MCB identifies students of exceptional talent and offers full scholarships to these students to attend MCB School year-round.
Share the Dance: Community Outreach and Educational Programs
Miami City Ballet's Share the Dance: Community Outreach and Educational Programs enrich and strengthen the mission of Miami City Ballet while building strong community relationships, broadening our audience base, and exposing new audiences to the world of ballet. This umbrella outreach program includes major, landmark initiatives (including Ballet Bus, BFYP, and Explore Dance) that nurture access to and education in the arts, with each program boasting a unique focus in regards to audience served and program impact. This year, MCB's outreach activities will reach more than 17,000 South Florida community members, engaging new and underserved audiences in ways that may not otherwise be accessible due to financial or other limitations.
By affording underserved communities the benefits of arts exposure in the classroom and community, Miami City Ballet is bridging the gap for young people - serving as a model and thought leader in the field of arts education and outreach.