Outreach & Education
LakeCities Ballet Theatre is committed to offering quality educational and outreach programs allowing public school teachers, students of all ages and the community to experience the joy and magic of live ballet. Regardless of financial or geographical barriers, LakeCities Ballet reaches out through a variety of programs enhancing the knowledge of not only the artistic commitment of dance, but also the beauty of classical and modern music. LBT’s programs are supported by generous contributions from public minded corporations, individuals, foundations, government agencies and by a broad base of community support.
October marks the beginning of our season with “Le Ballet De Dracula.” In 2010 and 2011 we partnered with Carter Bloodcare and implemented a “Dracula Blood Drive” in Lewisville.
Through our Girl Scout program, we offer discounted tickets to Girl Scout troops for all of our productions. LBT provides the Girl Scouts with educational opportunities including free backstage tours to allow them a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to produce a show.
We also offer free pre-performance workshops to children and teens prior to “Dracula” and our “Spring Gala” performances. Theses workshops have included activities such as learning simple choreography from the show, crafts, lecture/demonstrations, refreshments, meeting cast members and on-stage photos with cast members.
LBT is also very proud to be a part of Lewisville Independent School District’s “School Mentoring Program” providing an opportunity for LBT to bring our classic Peter and the Wolf and excerpts from our Nutcracker to area Title I schools. The scores of both of these ballets are part of the music curriculum in the public schools, and music teachers are always grateful for the visual experience we can provide with the music they are introducing to their students.
For more information on LakeCities Ballet’s OUTREACH Programs, please click the link below to contact us.
Peter and the Wolf
LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION
In 1936, composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in just two weeks for a children’s theater in Moscow. Prokofiev invented the story and wrote the narration himself, drawing on memories of his own childhood. He constructed the music as a child’s introduction to the orchestra, with each character in the story represented by a different instrument or group of instruments. Peter and the Wolf was an immediate success and has been loved by children all over the world. The music is sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults, even through repeated hearings. And it’s moral – you can’t be a hero if you don’t take risks – delights children as it must have cheered the composer.
Because of the huge success of the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s and LakeCities Ballet Theatre’s annual Popcorn Concert featuring Peter and the Wolf, LakeCities Ballet Theatre has for a number of years brought a smaller version of this production to area elementary schools to bring LakeCities Ballet Theatre and Peter and the Wolf to your school. For more information please click the link below for this exciting learning opportunity.
NANCY LOCH PHOTOGRAPHY
LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION SERIES
LakeCities Ballet Theatre’s extravagant annual production of The Nutcracker has been called a shining gem in the Lake Cities area. Unfortunately, there are always those who are unable to attend this event. Because of that, LBT introduced The Nutcracker Lecture and Demonstration Series. With the help of Lewisville Independent School District’s “School Mentoring Program”, LBT takes excerpts of the full length Nutcracker and brings them to local area schools.
With a full lecture by Artistic Director, Kelly Lannin, the story and brief history of The Nutcracker is explained to the children as well as how the commitment and hard work of our dancers was what made it possible for them to reach the level of expertise they have achieved. This is then followed by a performance of the highlights from LBT’s The Nutcracker.
To find out more click the link below to email for more information about our Nutcracker lecture and demonstration series.
The LakeCities Ballet Theatre (LBT) strives to present full-length classical ballets and to offer audiences the opportunity to experience world-renowned guest artists, while providing a venue for student dancers to perform and train with professional choreographers and dancers. Our goal is to educate not only dancers, but we also strive to educate our audience and anyone interested in ballet or dance. Our Girl Scout and Boy Scout promotion program is an educational and informational guide to the Ballet and is tailored to any Scout working on their “Theater Arts and Dance” badges or simply looking for something fun to do. LakeCities Ballet Theatre offers special pricing and activities just for you! Troops can attend any of the LakeCities Ballet Theatre productions at a reduced ticket price, receive an exciting behind-the-scenes tour and meet the dancers! Also included is a fun patch for their vest. Tours start 45 – 60 minutes before the show. Seating as well as touring availability is limited. For information, click the link below to email for more information and pricing.
HOUCK FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Honoring Outstanding Volunteers in the Arts
At every LakeCities Ballet Theatre production, LBT uses local area high school students as part of the technical crew. By including these young people working side by side with professional Lighting Designers and Art Directors, students gain an experience that greatly enhances their daily learning of the theater and the experience will benefit them if they choose to continue working in the theater arts. Over the years, relations have been built and bonds formed as the young students developed into actual members of the LBT family. Many of the high school students we have mentored have requested letters of recommendation for college applications or have returned to work with LBT even after graduation.
In our 2007-2008 season, LBT instituted a LakeCities Ballet Theatre Student Scholarship for deserving high school/college students who have worked with LBT and have displayed a commitment, work ethic, and attitude that is expected from all members of the company. In 2013, LBT changed the name to The Houck Family Scholarship in honor of one of LBT’s treasured volunteers, Mike Houck, who passed away in 2011. Our first scholarship recipient was Jacob Birch, a senior at Lake Dallas High School in Corinth, TX. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Melissa Shamp, Jacob not only exhibited all of the attributes that LBT regards highly, but also impressed the LBT Artistic and Production Staff. Over three years LBT Artistic and Production Staff worked with Jacob, both onstage and behind the scenes and LBT felt he was deserving of the inaugural LakeCites Ballet Theatre Student Scholarship, assisting him as he began his Theater Arts degree.
The Houck Family Scholarship continues LBT’s community enrichment vision by partnering with area high schools and colleges and offering aspiring theatrical arts students a chance to work in a professional environment.
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