Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program

2014 Spring Session
January 10 through March 21, 2014
Recital Performance: March 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at The Legacy Theatre, 101 East Lawrence Ave.

Click HERE for a registration form

The Springfield Ballet Company would like to invite you to join our FREE Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program for the spring 2014 session! Everyone interested in dance and movement, from grades K through 12, are encouraged to join us for our weekly classes!

Springfield Ballet Company staff and dancers will be 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 will provide each dancer with a healthy snack and ballet-related activity prior to each class; and we will remain on site until each dancer is picked up (until appx. 5:15 p.m.)

The spring 2014 session will consist of 11 ballet classes, concluding with a recital performance at The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. Please SAVE THE DATES for these classes and exciting performance!

Spring 2014 Session Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, January 10, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, January 17, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, January 31, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class

Friday, February 7, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, February 14, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, February 21, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, February 28, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class

Friday, March 7, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, March 14, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class
Friday, March 21, 2014 – 3:15 p.m. snack and activities; 4:00 p.m. ballet class

Friday, March 28, 2014 – RECITAL performance at The Legacy Theatre!
We will share details for transportation options from the Boys & Girls Clubs facility ASAP. Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program dancers need to arrive at The Legacy Theatre by 4:30 p.m. Recital will begin at 5:30 p.m. Honors, recognitions and reception will be held immediately following the performance.

With help from our sponsors -- American Business Club of Springfield and Jaelin Heavisides (in memory of Phyllis Smith) -- the Springfield Ballet Company will provide all participants with a leotard, tights, ballet shoes and dance bag for each class, free of charge. SBC dancers will 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 Springfield 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 link to our registration form posted above. Please bring your completed registration form to our first class on Friday, January 10, 2014, 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.

Photos: Jim Mrosko