American Ballet Theatre and Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) launched a partnership in 2014 to introduce children to classical ballet through a master class series at BGCA locations across the country. In 2014, over 600 students participated, in 2015 over 800 children participated, and in 2016, 991 students participated nationwide.  From these master classes talented children with the natural ability and desire to dance were awarded with scholarships for ballet training.  Fifteen children were identified for scholarships in 2014, 37 in 2015, and 53 in 2016.  American Ballet Theatre is excited to continue exposing children to ballet through this medium again this year.

“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.”

– Rachel S. Moore, Former CEO of American Ballet Theatre

Project Plié is an initiative founded by ABT in 2013 to increase diversity in the art form of classical ballet. Laura C. Centrella Greenwell, School Director of the School of St. Paul Ballet, is an ABT Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and is a Project Plié Partner Teacher. As a Project Plié Partner Teacher, Greenwell is bringing the initiative to St. Paul, MN and the School of St. Paul Ballet.