Springfield Ballet is committed to making dance accessible to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the art of ballet. Because of community support, the Ballet is able to touch the lives of thousands of deserving children throughout Southwest Missouri each year.
Formed in the spring of 2007, the Dance Chance program is a
partnership with Springfield Public Schools, Community Partnership of
the Ozarks and Springfield Ballet to provide free dance instruction to
children at Title I schools. Each fall, Springfield Ballet instructors
and students provide an in-school demonstration during an assembly at
each participating school. Children then enrolled in the program
participate in an after-school session of weekly ballet classes, taught
by Springfield Ballet instructors, that are provided at the students'
homeschool. At the completion of each 6-8 week session, participants
demonstrate what they’ve learned for family and friends in a public
performance. More than 600 children have benefited from this program
since its inception.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Springfield Ballet instructors will visit
Bissett Elementary, Boyd Elementary, Fremont Elementary, McGregor Elementary, Robberson Elementary, Weaver Elementary, Weller
Elementary and Westport Elementary for their weekly dance instruction to
children in grades kindergarten through third.
The Simmerman Family
Second Grade Performances
Since 1996, Springfield Ballet has provided busing for every second grader in the Springfield Public Schools system to attend a live, abridged performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Landers Theatre. This program is designed to expose all children to the art of ballet at an early age as part of the Any Given Child initiative. To enhance the learning experience, lesson plans are provided to the schools to be completed before attending the performance. For many of the children, this is their first experience being in a live theatre setting and viewing classical ballet. More than 42,000 students have been a part of this outreach project since it began!
Springfield Ballet is proud to be a part of Springfield's Any Given Child initiative, which seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child's arts education, using a model that combines the resources of Springfield Public Schools, local art groups, and the Kennedy Center for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Springfield Ballet's Second Grade Performances of The Nutcracker act as the second grade component of this program. "Offering a strong arts education component benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development," said Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center Vice President of Education. "We want to ensure that every child receives a solid, meaningful arts education from kindergarten through eighth grade."
Children’s Workshop Series
Springfield Ballet offers four low-cost workshops, open to community children, each year to provide a well-rounded introduction to the art of ballet. Each workshop engages young participants (age 3–8) in an afternoon that includes a craft, story time, dancing and games. The workshops are great introductions to classical ballets and serve well to enrich the lives of young students, both dancers and non-dancers.
Interested in attending a Springfield Ballet Children's Workshop? Click here.
Free Boys Workshops
Springfield Ballet offers periodic Boys Workshops at no-charge, taught by a male instructor. This outreach program is designed to get boys moving and encourage them to explore the athletic benefits of dance movement.
Interested in attending a Springfield Ballet Boy's Workshop? Click here.
As a part of its mission, Springfield Ballet is pleased to offer
tuition scholarships for children ages seven and older who have a strong
passion for and desire to study ballet. No previous dance experience is
needed to apply; Springfield Ballet trains students of all ages,
abilities, and backgrounds.
Interested students must complete a detailed application, exhibit
talent and potential, and attend an audition class in order to be
considered for tuition scholarships. Applicants should be willing to
maintain a committed training schedule. Limited funds are available each
semester for partial, or in some cases full, scholarships.
Currently, Springfield Ballet has 21 scholarship recipients.
Interested in applying for a Springfield Ballet scholarship? Click here.
- Hulston Family Foundation
- Springfield Ballet Guild
- Beth Domann
- Amelia Justice - Justice Jewelers
- Dusty Smith
- Debbie Brueggemann
- Brian Ranft
- Jon Greve