Community Programs

Spotlight on Scholarship Student: Nick

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

Nick has been dancing for five years, since he was eight years old. His sister Momo also dances at BNC. Nick is a member of our student company as well as a scholarship student. He has performed in his all-time favorite show, The Nutcracker, for 4 years. During one of the four years, Nick played the part of Fritz. In addition to performing in The Nutcracker, Nick will also be performing many pieces at Gala in June. Nick will be performing in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary. One of Nick’s favorite experiences so far at BNC was assisting in the Ballet Expressions adaptive dance class. This experience has influenced Nick’s plans to be "a physical therapist and a dance teacher."

Besides dancing, Nick also loves the feel of the wind blowing through his hair when he rides his bike.  

You can see Nick and the rest of the student company perform Madeline Stands Tall on May 12th. Tickets start at $10!

You can also help support BNC by sponsoring one of our scholarship students.  To learn more about this opportunity email BNC’s Executive Director, Christin Crampton Day, ccday@bncdance.com.

Spotlight on Scholarship Students: Momo

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

If you were at Dance From the Heart in January, you saw Momo dance a lively, contemporary solo. As one of BNC's scholarship students, Momo is part of our student company performers and she has been dancing for 11 years, since she was four. At BNC, Momo loves being able to dance with all of her friends and to work with amazing teachers. She enjoys "performing everything." She performed in The Nutcracker this past December and she liked being able to dance on stage with the professional company. This June, at Gala, Momo will be performing pieces in a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary.

When Momo isn't dancing she enjoys watching movies and she loves dogs.

Momo will be sharing the lead role of Madeline with her best friend, Kaileah and will also be dancing in The Garden, which will be part of the Madeline Stands Tall show. Momo's goal is to become a professional dancer with a contemporary ballet company, similar to BNC's company. "This opportunity to work with Ms. Dawn Fay (BNC's Associate Artistic Dir and the choreographer of The Garden) has been an amazing experience that has been like a dream come true! Her choreography is always very new and unexpected. It challenges me to break old patterns and to move in ways that I never have before. It has helped me learn how to show different emotions through my body," states Momo.

Come see Momo and the rest of our student company perform at Madeline Stands Tall, May 12th.  Tickets start at $10!

You can also help support BNC by sponsoring one of our scholarship students.  To learn more about this opportunity email BNC's Executive Director, Christin Crampton Day, ccday@bncdance.com.

Congratulations Julia!

Posted on: April 6th, 2012 by admin

 

Julia Wilkinson Manley, Director of The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado Receives the Wake Up Your Warrior Award

Tonight, The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s School Director, Julia Wilkinson Manley, will receive the Wake Up Your Warrior Award.

Julia Wilkinson Manley is one of three local recipients of the Wake Up Your Warrior Award. All of these recipients have helped their community or themselves through adversity.

The event features a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres, awards show, local designer Gino Velardi fashion show, live music, DJ for dancing, (1) drink tickets per person, and cash bar.

This is an elegant black tie affair that benefits the charity, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. The mission of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is to change the lives of abused and neglected children through compassionate legal advocacy, education and public policy reform.

The Wake Up Your Warrior Award is dedicated to the warriors who have created, or are in the process of creating, full lives for themselves – to those shining beacons of hope who are fulfilling their dreams and goals and making a positive image in the Colorado community.

“I am very honored to receive this award and recognition. I want to thank Rebecca Moore and Fabi Thode for planning this event to build awareness about leaders in the community, who are working to make a difference, and also, for creating this event as a platform to build awareness and funds for abused and neglected children,” states Julia Wilkinson Manley.

Driven by her vision and passion for dance, Manley goes beyond her job description as Director of the School of BNC, putting in endless hours with an unyielding commitment to bringing dance/arts education to students of all walks of life.

Manley is guided by her philosophy that dance is enriching, fulfilling and should be available and accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, aspirations or socio-economic status. She strongly believes that when young people learn to dance, they learn to be confident through goal-setting, self-assessment, determination, follow-through and personal accountability. Their lives are enriched by an appreciation of the arts; they acquire tools needed to explore new possibilities in art and life. They learn to express themselves in healthy, disciplined ways.

Along with overseeing The School of BNC, Manley is also responsible for the organization’s Community Programs, which include three major programs, Title I Elementary Partnerships, Student Scholarships and Anti-bullying Educational Performances. In total, these programs reach more than 20,000 underserved individuals annually.

Manley has established Title I Elementary Partnerships for 2,000 students in four public schools in “high-need” neighborhoods each year for the past eight years. These Partnerships enhance and support the Title I schools’ specific curricular priorities. Working with the school faculty, an educational framework is established with appropriate outcomes and pre and post residency dance experiences to help these students learn various academic topics through the movement of dance.

Manley’s commitment to utilizing the arts as an educational tool and platform for making positive change are seen in two lecture demonstrations which she envisioned and facilitated:  The Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program and recently, Madeline Stands Tall. Between 2005-2010, The Ugly Duckling was presented to over 17,000 school children across the Denver metro area and it is now being performed nationally. These interactive productions use dance to engage school age children in a thoughtful conversation about bullying.

Finally, Julia has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and tuition assistance annually to those unable to afford dance lessons.

Event and Ticket Information
Dates and Times             Saturday, April 6th
                                                          VIP from 6:30 p.m.
                                                          Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
                                                          Awards start at 8:30 p.m.

Location                           Chamber’s Grant Salon at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Cost                                               Ticket Prices: $40 General Admission & $80 VIP

 

 

A Great Success!

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by admin

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make BNC Adventures a success. We are pleased to announce this past Saturday night's event, hosted by the Barre Committee, raised over $7,200!

The Barre Committee is a group of volunteer School of BNC student parents who help support the cause for dance. This event in particular was in support of BNC's extensive community programs.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to Town and Country Foods for providing a delicious meal for the event. Town and Country is extending a special offer to BNC's patrons. When you set up your home food delivery service, mention Ballet Nouveau Colorado and BNC will receive $100. Call 1-800-651-3663 ext. 590 today to set up an appointment.


A Big Thank You!

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual fundraiser for its community programs on January 27th was a huge success.

We would like to thank everyone who came, had breakfast with us, attended the presentation and contributed to the cause.

If you weren't able to be at Dance From the Heart, check out this clip that was played during the short presentation, which shows how many lives BNC touches through its many community programs.

If you would like to support BNC and its community programs, it is still possible to donate.

We would also like to thanks our many sponsors. With their help BNC was able to spend zero dollars on Dance From the Heart, so every dollar donated goes directly to BNC Community programs.

 

 

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

In honor of Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual event to support and build awareness for Community Outreach Programs on January 27th, here are the lives that have been affected by BNC.

Getting ready for a small performance

 Ballet Expressions is an adaptive dance class for students who have physical or developmental disabilities. I had the great pleasure of observing a Ballet Expressions class, taught by Heather Sutton, a registered movement therapist.  I am an intern at BNC and this class was one of the reasons I was interested in working for BNC because I am paralyzed from the waist down due to spinal cord injury and use a wheelchair. I would have jumped at the chance to be a part of a dance program had something like this been available when I was younger. For me, it was very moving and inspiring to see five girls, all with various levels of ability, expressing themselves, dancing together, and having fun. What's great about this program is that it is tailored to the abilities of the students and they learn the same things and get the same benefits as a student in a normal ballet class. I am delighted that BNC has implemented the Ballet Expressions program, because it lets kids be creative, build their self-esteem, and more importantly, have a blast!

 

Pictures I took during my visit to Ballet Expressions

 

This program was featured in the Boulder Daily Camera. Read the article.

Ballet Expressions is one of many community programs that Dance From the Heart supports. Dance from the Heart will include a short presentation that will feature a dance performance from our scholarship students and a complimentary continental breakfast. Come, meet new people, enjoy a performance, and discover more about BNC.

Why? Because dance can light the way toward what a child needs most: a future.

Come see how.

 

 

 

The Ugly Duckling

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

In honor of Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual event to support and build awareness for Community Outreach Programs on January 27th, here are the lives that have been affected by BNC.

Have you ever felt like an ugly duckling? Did you wish there was someone to relate to?

Hans Christian Anderson's tale "The Ugly Duckling" is the perfect example. The main character, the ugly duckling is bullied and abused, until he transforms into a beautiful swan, much to his surprise and delight. I always liked this tale as a child because not only did it inspire me, but it also taught the lesson of inner beauty and talent.

BNC translates this tale into a choreographed dance for children in the anti-bullying program. Through this program BNC entertains and teaches kids strategies for dealing with bullies.

Performing The Ugly Duckling for students

The program was featured in the Denver Post. Read the article.

Madeline Stands Up Tall is the next anti-bullying performance, and will be performed by BNC's student company. It is coming in the spring.

Dance From the Heart supports BNC's programs, like the anti-bullying initiative, and the event includes a short presentation that will feature a dance performance from our scholarship students and a complimentary continental breakfast. Come, meet new people, enjoy a performance, and discover more about BNC.

Why? Because dance can light the way toward what a child needs most: a future.

Come see how.

Science + Dance = Buggy Ballet

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva

 

In honor of Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual event to support and build awareness for Community Outreach Programs on January 27th, here's how BNC's community programs affect lives in a positive way.

What do you remember from science class in elementary school? Do you remember anything specifically about insects? I know that I don't.

Here's a little quiz to test your knowledge: 1) What is a thorax? 2) Which mosquitoes bite - males or females? 3)What are the 3 stages of a grasshopper's life?

1) A thorax is the middle part of an insect's body which bears the legs and wings. 2) Only female mosquitoes bite. 3) The 3 stages of a grasshopper's life are egg, nymph, and adult.

Students perform for classmates

Students at Monaco Elementary School know the answers to these questions through the assistance of BNC. BNC partners with multiple Title I elementary school to help reinforce educational lessons, such as science. Students learned  the parts and life cycles of different insects during BNC's time at the school. These lessons culminated in a performance called Buggy Ballet.

 Monaco Elementary and BNC were featured in Commerce City's Sentinel Express. Read the article.

Dance From the Heart supports BNC's programs, like the anti-bullying initiative and the event include a short presentation that will include a dance performance from our scholarship students and a complimentary continental breakfast. Come, meet new people, enjoy a performance, and discover more about BNC.

Why? Because dance can light the way toward what a child needs most: a future.

Come see how.

Stories of Changed Lives

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud

 

At BNC, we believe that dance belongs to everyone. Our community programs  are designed with the individual in mind, creating ways in which dance can be accessible and enjoyable for all regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. BNC is continually working to break down needless barriers that keep people from pursuing their passion for dance.

The stories of how dance has changed numerous lives already speak for themselves.

  • #80: A fourth grade student on full scholarship has been able to continue dance lessons she loves so much despite her family’s financial strains
  • #79:
    Letter from student who participated in community programs

    Letter from a child involved in community programs

  • #78: A teenage boy, brave enough to overcome peer pressures and bullying, continues to pursue his passion for dance through the school of BNC in a nurturing environment.
  • #77:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A young girl shares her excitement for dance in a letter

  • #76: A little girl with Brittle Bone Disease gets to live out her ballerina dreams despite her physical challenges through BNC’s adaptive dance education programs.
  • #75:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A student expresses thanks

  • #74: An Alzheimer’s patient, after finding inspiration from a BNC production, created a poignant art piece, composed solely of empty pill packets, and fearlessly confronted her disease through creation.
  • #73:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

The Ugly Duckling left an impression on this young one

  • #72: After the tragic death of a beloved husband and father, a single mother of two young dancers has been able to keep the light of dance in their  lives through the student sponsorship program.
  • #71:

A student thanks BNC for caring and showing her dance moves

Supporting BNC on Colorado Gives Day does more than help keep these great community programs alive; donations directly benefit the boys, girls, men and women these programs were designed for and change their lives forever. Your generous gift this December 6th could make dreams into reality this holiday season.

 

CHOOSE BNC and help us to continue bringing dance to the community! GO TO: WWW.GIVINGFIRST.ORG/BNCDANCE

What is Buggy Ballet?

Posted on: November 26th, 2011 by admin

 

On Nov. 17th, I had the privilege to watch first-hand BNC's Community Programs come to life and see the positive impact they are making with underserve populations in the Denver Metro community. Buggy Ballet was a culminating performance which took place at Monaco Elementary, one of the four Title I Schools BNC is working with to create kinesthetic learning to teach various subjects, including science. This performance and BNC's Community Programs was featured this week in Commerce City's Sentinel Express. Read the article.