Founded 22 years ago through a partnership between Philadelphia Ballet and the Delphi Project Foundation of Reliance Standard Life Insurance, this program provides a unique after-school experience for students from underserved local middle schools. The program, one of Philadelphia Ballet’s longest running and most successful, is specifically designed to deliver meaningful cultural experiences that positively impact behavior and community interactions, and help students discover a passion for the arts and explore future possibilities.
This school-based program includes after-school dance classes, visits to Philadelphia Ballet dress rehearsals and performances, and concludes with a student showcase in which all participating schools join together for a collaborative performance. Each school participates in classes in various forms of dance including classical ballet, jazz, Latin, African dance, and hip-hop, and a literary component guides and encourages students to write dance-inspired pieces. All components of Let’s Dance! are offered free of charge.
In the Spread Your Wings High School Mentorship program, Philadelphia Ballet, formerly Pennsylvania Ballet, dancers Sterling Baca and Emily Davis guided students from Esperanza Academy, Franklin Learning Center, and John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School through the process of creating original choreography, culminating in the workshopping and design of new works by each student.
Students are invited to attend dress rehearsals and performances of the Philadelphia Ballet at the Academy of Music
Classes are taught by experienced teachers and focus on a variety of dance disciplines
Students are given weekly opportunities to express themselves through movement and create original dance works shown in a final performance
Funding support from