It has been a long-standing goal of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education to educate, inspire, and reach out to youth who may not otherwise be exposed to dance. Through strong partnerships with Parklane Elementary School, Maynard Jackson High School, Drew Charter Schools, West End Performing Arts Center, and City of Refuge, the Centre for Dance Education was able to do just that by establishing the Centre Dance program. Centre Dance integrates dance classes into the standard academic curriculum, using before, during, and after-school programs. This approach provides an alternative learning environment to encourage students’ self-expression and social awareness, while enriching each school day.
Students are able to experience many types of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Teachers of students who participate in the Centre Dance program have noticed positive changes in attendance, behavior, and academic performance, as well as a growth in confidence. Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Centre Dance program have been awarded Fulton County Schools’ Prestigious Partner Award by Parklane Elementary along with four Blue Ribbon Awards. This is the highest award for partnership given by the school system and recognizes organizations that have made unique and lasting impacts on the school, are active parts of the school community, and show deep interest in the success of the school. Centre Dance is in its twentieth year at Parklane Elementary and in its tenth year at Maynard Jackson High School.
For additional information regarding Centre Dance, contact Diane Sales, Community Partnerships Manager, at 404.873.5811 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.