The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas (BCSTX) believes young people are the future of ballet, both as dancers and audiences. Ballet is an expressive art form that can inspire, educate and enrich the lives of those who experience it. Because of this, the BCSTX Conservatory Company offers a complimentary student performance each year to over 600 children from underserved communities within San Antonio. There, they are able to experience the beauty, power, and uplifting impact of a high quality ballet performance complete with costuming, props and scenery in a theater setting. In addition, at the time of the performance, the children are engaged in a question and answer period and are given the storyline of the ballet they are about view. This interaction allows the students to become fully engaged in the experience and learn all about the performance.
Leading up to this complimentary performance, BCSTX dancers (in complete costume) and their docents travel to the schools of these students and give lecture demonstrations. These demonstrations not only prepare the students for what they will experience during the performance, but also creates a sense of excitement.
KIPP: Camino Academy Collaboration
The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas has partnered with
KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Camino Academy,
a tuition-free college preparatory middle school in
San Antonio dedicated to preparing students in underserved
communities for success in college and life. We provide
complimentary ballet instruction to interested sixth and
seventh grade students to enhance their arts education and
to directly experience the uplifting benefits of ballet.
Ballet Conservatory Recognized for Giving Back
The Ballet Conservatory was recently featured as part of the San Antonio Express-News’ 18th annual Grace of Giving series for their work with the Kipp Academy.
Read the article Grace of Giving: Conservatory boosting ballet dreams
on MySA.com or see the details in our News and Articles area.
Benefits of a Strong Arts Education:“Research reveals that when young people study the arts, they show heightened academic standing, a strong capacity for self-assessment, and a secure sense of their own ability to plan and work for a positive future.” (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices; The Impact of Arts Education on Workforce Preparation. May 1, 2001.)