Ballet without Borders is a not-for-profit organisation that brings ballet education and ballet pathways to children who would otherwise not be able to access this art form.
We look at ballet education as part of the bigger picture, a pathway to experiencing art and music as well as learning about discipline, hard work, dedication and team work - all key skills for life. But more importantly, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to try ballet, to experience variety in life, to grow and learn regardless of their financial or social status. Our mission is to bring ballet to all.
The BWB ballet pathway:
- Holiday workshops
- Ongoing after school/holiday programs
- Support to attend local dance schools
The idea behind this initiative started when it's founder, Katia, as an adult dancer realised how expensive ballet was. The pointe shoes ($100 a pair), the classes, the private coaching, warm up pants and foam rollers. As a child migrating from Ukraine, she did not have that kind of money, and little support from a mother who as a sole parent could neither afford nor have the time required pursue this activity. Few children actually have the opportunity. In Katia's homeland, socio-economic status didn’t exclude dancers (it’s no wonder Russia produces so many of the most talented dancers – because they invest in it). So for many this was a way out of poverty and low self-esteem.
After some research into ballet education and extra curricular activities of children, it became clear that this art form was reserved for the upper-middle classes in Australia.
Lets make a change