Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.
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In September 2013, American Ballet Theatre announced the formation of Project Plié, a comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. Project Plié seeks to combine training and support of ballet students from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies with the creation of a nationwide network of partner professional ballet companies who are committed to diversity. In addition, Project Plié will include a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to introduce participants to ballet and identify children for future training.
"In launching Project Plié, American Ballet Theatre aims to take an important step toward helping the classical ballet profession better reflect the multicultural and ethnic diversity of our country's population.This initiative can assist ballet students from diverse backgrounds in reaching their full potential by providing them with the support and active engagement of teachers, mentors and current professional dancers. We sincerely believe that diversifying the art form at its training level will strengthen and broaden the pipeline of future artists and help ensure ballet's continued relevance in the 21st century."
To give to the Project Plié initiative, scroll down to make a secure donation. Thank you for considering a gift to such a necessary and much needed Fund.
Top: Legacy Studios for the Performing Arts Staff (Durham, NC)Bottom: Misty Copeland and Project Plié student.Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.
If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please send a check made payable to Ballet Theatre Foundation, Inc. OR American Ballet Theatre and mail to:
American Ballet TheatreATTN: Project Plié890 Broadway, 3rd FloorNew York, NY 10003
For more information about ABT’s Project Plié, please contact Monica Stephenson at 212.477.3030 ext. 3375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.