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Charlotte Ballet troupe extends Reach to young dance students
Troupe launches outreach initiative
Published Monday, August 13, 2018 4:24 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Charlotte Ballet is hosting auditions for its Reach program Aug. 10.

Late summer signals Reach auditions.

Charlotte Ballet’s community outreach scholarship program heads into its ninth year of providing training to young dancers with financial need. Auditions take place on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Ballet’s Center for Dance at 701 North Tryon St. They are open to students age 7-10. Registration takes place onsite, 30 minutes prior to auditions.

Students selected for the three-year scholarship program train twice a week at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation centers from September through May. Dance attire for first-year participants is included. Additionally, students and their parents attend Charlotte Ballet performances throughout the season.

Reach participants have demonstrated increased self-esteem, discipline, and improvement in the classroom. Seventy-five percent of the 87 students participating in the 2013-14 program maintained an A/B average.  

"The Reach program is vital,” said Charlotte Ballet Director for Education and Community Engagement Bianca Bonner. “It gives access to children who wish to train in ballet and other forms of dance in their immediate community.”

Since its inception in 2009 through a $78,000 grant from the Women’s Impact Fund, the program earned a National Association of County Organizations achievement award in 2011.

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