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Education & Outreach

Providing opportunities for IB students to explore and share their passion for ballet and to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of this art form. 

International Ballet (IB) offers services in education and outreach.  The focus of education is to provide information to IB students and families on internal and external training opportunities, auditions, and future dance and dance-related options after IB.  The focus of outreach is to expose the community to the art of ballet.  Ultimately, both education and outreach provide opportunities for IB students to explore and share their passion for ballet and to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of this art form.  Please email Michelle Brown if you have questions or are interested in an outreach event for your organization.


Please see below for our full scope of education and outreach programing. 


Building Futures

  • General Guidance Program - (Gr 8-12)  General informational sessions will be presented throughout the year to help students research summer programs, colleges, companies, and dance-related careers and to provide general audition tips and practices.  Cost:  Free to IB Company; $20/ year Non-Company

  • Open Sundays - (Gr 9-12) IB  will sponsor a minimum of three “Open Sundays” each semester to provide students with self-guided and shared open studio time outside of class to prepare for auditions.  Must pre-register at least one week in advance of each date.  Cost:  $15/session, $40/semester, $75/year.

Fall 2021 Open Sunday Dates

September 19, 2021:  1pm-3pm 

October 3, 2021:  1pm-3pm

November 21, 2021:   1pm-3pm

All Open Sunday's held at the Somerville Center

  • Audition Preparation- (Gr 10-12) College and company audition preparation for dance and dance-related programs for students who are interested in developing individual career plans in the broad and expansive dance world.   Includes preparatory services, private rehearsals/ coaching, and small group planning sessions.  Open Sundays included.  Cost $400.  Must commit by September 15, 2021. For more information on Audition Preparation join us for an information session on August 15, 2021. Email Michelle Brown for details.



National Honor Society for Dance Arts  

  • IB sponsors two chapters of NHSDA:  Secondary (Gr 9-12) and Junior (Gr 6-8).  Students must apply and must demonstrate achievement in ballet, academics, and character to qualify.  

  • Students are able to develop leadership skills through planning and participating in events and projects.

  • Cost $10/ year plus fees for certificates, honors cords, etc.


Outreach Programs

Storytime Ballet

A partnership with the Greenville County Library System, International Ballet’s free programs introduce children to the world of ballet through dance-themed books. The performance/readings allow young children the opportunity to see the costumes and performers up-close and meet the dancers after the show. Over 1,000 children and their families attend a Storytime Ballet performance each season. In 2021 Storytime Ballet was partially funded by Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) grants program. 

Accessibility Class

A partnership with Thrive Upstate, International Ballet offers a free weekly ballet class for adults with intellectual disabilities. Taught by IB President & Founder Lena Forster, the class incorporates elements of ballet conditioning to bring movement, fitness, musicality, pleasure, and creativity to the students and volunteers. In addition to the weekly class, regular participants and volunteers are invited to attend The Nutcracker at no cost and perform in the Academy’s annual year-end demonstration.

General Outreach