Community Outreach–For the Community
Classical Ballet Theatre is dedicated to providing educational and outreach opportunities throughout Northern Virginia, and is specifically committed to providing experiences that increase the understanding and enjoyment of the art of ballet. The arts are a critical factor in the success of community vitality and the perceived quality of life (SIEP 1998). Participants in community arts are more likely to describe their quality of life as excellent when compared to people who do not participate in the arts.
Behind-The-Scenes Tours (Groups of 10 or More)
Groups attending CBT's major productions at the Ernst Theater in NOVA-Annandale can reserve a backstage tour before the performance. Meet the dancers and see behind the scenes before the curtain goes up! This tour has been very successful with Girl Scout Troops and helps them earn their badges!
Since 2001, Classical Ballet Theater has offered free seats to the final rehearsal or the weekend performances of our major productions to honor service personnel and special needs community members with an opportunity to attend a live ballet performance at no cost.
Several times each season we offer 525 guests free seats to these tribute performances. CBT's Tribute Performance series illustrates how non-profit agencies, the business community, and the arts can partner to benefit the entire Northern Virginia community.
Community Outreach–For Educators
Classical Ballet Theatre is committed to providing students and their teachers with arts experiences and arts education, specifically in dance. Research demonstrates that students benefit socially and academically from sustained involvement in the arts, and those in arts rich environments have a higher understanding of their academic ability, are achieving at higher rates on standardized testing and are more engaged in school (Catterall 1999, Heath 1999, Burton 1999). Opportunities for students are offered in the schools, at the CBT studios and the theater.
Community Outreach–For Families
Classical Ballet Theatre's family programming provides families with opportunities to experience the arts together and helps foster a life-long appreciation for dance. We assist families with introducing their children to dance and other art forms such as music, drama, and visual arts, providing fun and interactive opportunities in the studio and at the theater.