a reputation for excellence
Wildwood Ballet, a ministry of Wildwood Church, began in 1998 with 30 students involved in a church youth presentation that included dance. In 2001, Robin Stuyverson founded Wildwood Ballet where it has now grown to serving over 160 students. We believe that dance has the potential to open up new worlds for our students by giving them a voice, encouraging creative problem solving, learning to collaborate with others, accepting and valuing individual differences, and learning to be respectful and responsible citizens. We offer weekly classes in ballet, pointe, pre-ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and choreography; as well as, a resident performing dance company. In addition to classes, we host an annual summer dance camp for our younger students as well.
Wildwood Ballet is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development, into our ballet class curriculum. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Our Director, Robin Stuyverson, an ABT® Certified Teacher, has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Wildwood Ballet is also proud to be a Project Plié partner with American Ballet Theatre. Project Plié, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, introduces ballet to a broad array of children by conducting educational and activity-based master classes in member clubs across the United States. These classes serve to identify gifted children and connect them with ABT Project Plié Partner Teachers, schools or companies in their community to receive world-class training.
In 2014, the pilot program was launched in 27 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. Since 2014, this partnership has grown exponentially. This year, Project Plié partner teachers held classes at 43 Boys & Girls Clubs and reached 991 students across the United States, 68 of which have been offered full-time training.
A Time to Dance
At Wildwood Ballet, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to dance! We also believe that the discipline of dance offers many benefits to a person's spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. Because of this, A Time to Dance was established to provide scholarships for our Wildwood Ballet students and Project Plie students; as well as, funding for creativity/movement sessions to women in local needy communities and dance nights/concerts for our local senior community.
Project Plié - In 2016, we offered a Master Class, weekly dance classes, and a summer dance camp to approximately 8 students at Nims Middle School Boys & Girls Club. This summer we have plans to offer a Master Class to elementary-aged students at the Miccosukee Boys & Girls Club; as well as, offer regularly scheduled classes to their students in the Fall 2017.
Hidden Art Initiative - We are excited about our on-going partnership with Chelsea House, a ministry to women in transition in our community. Since 2014 we have been offering monthly creativity and movement sessions to these women. We believe that emotional expression can be healing and that creative movement can open a door to the feelings these women are experiencing. Through these sessions we hope to encourage the women to discover the beauty that is within them; as well as, to see the beauty that is all around them.
Shall We Dance? It is our desire to reach out and honor our local senior community through providing dance concerts, visitations with assisted facility residents; as well as, recreational dance nights.
Reach For The Stars Scholarship Fund - We want to encourage our students to continue their study of dance and know that financial limitations can sometimes hinder that. We invite students and/or parents to submit a scholarship application if you need financial assistance for Wildwood Ballet or Project Plié dance classes and/or summer dance study. All applications will be reviewed and approved by Wildwood Ballet faculty and A Time To Dance Board of Directors based on proficiency potential demonstrated in dance classes, good citizenship, and/or financial need.
I Could Have Danced All Night - Our Dance Marathon event is designed to raise funds for scholarships awarded to our Wildwood Ballet and Project Plié students who are in need of financial assistance. We encourage our students and/or parents to participate in this fun night scheduled during the fall semester.
What's In Your Closet? - A springtime tea and fashion show that is designed to build awareness for our Hidden Art Initiative. We believe that as women we are designed to encourage others during times of trial and transition. This event's goal is to educate about the role that expressive arts can have in a person's spiritual and emotional well being. It is also our hope to build a community of like-minded artists who are committed to using their process of art as a healing tool in women and children's lives.
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