IMG_8564The Springfield Ballet Company proudly offers FREE ballet lessons to the community through our Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program. Everyone interested in dance and movement, from grades K through 8, are encouraged to join us for our weekly classes!

Springfield Ballet Company staff and dancers are at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois (300 S. 15th St.) on Friday evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to teach a FREE classical ballet and jazz technique class to interested dancers. Participants may begin arriving at the Boys & Girls Clubs immediately after school. Springfield Ballet Company provides each dancer with a snack and ballet-related activity prior to each class; and will remain on site until each dancer is picked up (until appx. 5:15 p.m.)

The fall 2016 session consists of 10 ballet classes, and includes complimentary tickets to the Springfield Ballet Company’s upcoming production of Rockballet: LEGENDS and our annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker!

Please SAVE THE DATES for these classes and exciting performances!

Fall 2016 Session Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, September 2, 2016OUR FIRST CLASS!! 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class (Dancers will be fitted for ballet shoes, leotards and tights on this day!)
Friday, September 9, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, September 16, 2016 – NO CLASS – Don’t forget to attend Rockballet: LEGENDS, September 17th at 8 p.m. and September 18th at 2 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium. Dancers will receive a voucher for two free tickets to Rockballet after our Friday, September 9th ballet class.
Friday, September 23, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, September 30, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class

Friday, October 7, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, October 28, 2016 – NO CLASS due to NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 4, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, November 11, 2016 – NO CLASS due to NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 18, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, November 25, 2016 – NO CLASS – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, December 2, 2016 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class; LAST CLASS OF THE FALL SESSION!
Friday, December 9, 2016 – NO CLASS – Don’t forget to attend the SBC’s annual holiday production of The Nutcracker! (All Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program participants will receive a voucher for TWO FREE TICKETS to The Nutcracker when they attend our class on 12/2/16.)

Our spring 2017 session will then begin on Friday, January 6, 2017, and will conclude with a recital performance at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, LRS Theatre, on Friday, March 24, 2017. More information regarding the spring 2017 session will be distributed in December.

With help from our sponsors — Sunrise Rotary and SCHEELS — the Springfield Ballet Company provides all participants with a leotard, tights, ballet skirt, ballet shoes and dance bag for each class, free of charge. SBC dancers care for these items each week to ensure that all students are dressed appropriately and prepared for the physical demands of a ballet class.

No prior ballet background or dance training is necessary to participate in this FREE program. We encourage you to tell ALL YOUR FRIENDS to join us! You may make extra copies of the registration form. Or, if you would like me to send you additional copies, please let me know!

Since its first lesson in March of 2003, the Springfield Ballet Company’s Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach program has been very successful. Through this partnership, children who otherwise may not have the opportunity to experience dance are learning about and appreciating the fine arts – all while boosting self-esteem, individual strength and creativity. The partnership between the Springfield Ballet Company and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois offers members a unique opportunity to learn classical ballet technique. Ballet provides children with poise, grace, discipline, coordination, confidence, and a strong sense of self-worth. These qualities will positively affect all aspects of their lives and their future educational pursuits.

A registration form can be found here –>B&GClubs_SBC_RegistrationFormWaiver2016  Please bring your completed registration form to your first class at the Boys & Girls Clubs. You may also drop off or mail your form to the Springfield Ballet Company at 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701. Registration forms MUST be signed by a parent/guardian.

Please let us know if you have any questions by calling me directly at 217-544-1967 (SBC office) or 217-553-2788 (cell). You may also e-mail me at decroix@springfieldballetco.org for additional information.