The Greensboro Ballet's Youth Ensemble danced at August's First Friday. If you ever have a chance to watch them perform we highly recommend it. If you have someone in your family interested in ballet, classes are available for all skill and ability levels, and are held in the Cultural Arts Center on Davie Street. Students have opportunities to perform throughout the academic year. One of their biggest events is the Nutcracker Ballet, performed in December. The organization is a non-profit so costs to participants are kept to a minimum.
Ballet came to Greensboro in 1964, by way of a group known as the Greensboro Civic Ballet. A ballet school came in the 1970's. Next, Maryellen Mayfield, who danced with the Kansas City Ballet, arrived in 1980 and has been providing great leadership and continuity in the program through periods of growth and economic downturns. School Director John Dennis, photographed above, has also been instrumental in helping the program grow and remain such an integral part of the Greensboro community.
Dance is an activity that disciplines the mind and body. You can tell by the smiles on the faces of the above dancers that they are happy and proud of their accomplishments. If you are interested in being part of the Greensboro Ballet, visit the website, here, or call 336-333-7480. There is still time. Classes begin August 29th.