The partnership between Art-Reach and Pennsylvania Ballet was formed with the chief purpose of providing opportunities and access to people in low-income communities as well as those living with disabilities. As such, both organizations collaborate to help connect these communities with the ballet art form in a manner sensitive to their needs. Throughout our performance season, both organizations strive to incorporate substantial opportunities within Pennsylvania Ballet’s programming by way of sensory-friendly performances, special projects, and the continued pledge to provide free tickets to children in homeless shelters as well as children born with cerebral palsy and adults struggling with intellectual disabilities.
Pennsylvania Ballet, with the support of Art-Reach, was the first resident company of the Kimmel Center to offer sensory friendly performances for families with children on the autism spectrum. And, in February 2017, Saint Katherine’s Special Education School brought six high school students to our Pennsylvania Ballet studios for a 10-week rehearsal period to learn an original choreographed piece with the dancers of PBII. This successful collaboration culminated with an exciting and rewarding performance at FringeArts on May 6, 2017.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s community engagement program is also partnering with Broad Street Ministries (BSM), joining in its ongoing mission to practice “radical hospitality through civic engagement.” This unique and meaningful partnership allows Pennsylvania Ballet to offer on-site ballet classes at BSM for any and all interested neighborhood residents, including many in the throes of a housing crisis or experiencing other displacement challenges. We also aim to welcome all those who simply desire to spend a little time each week embracing the restorative powers of movement and dance as well as its ability to provide respite and joy.
Pennsylvania Ballet is committed to partnering with organizations focused on serving senior citizens in the greater Philadelphia area, including the Corporation for Aging, Lutheran Settlement House, and Foulkeways at Gwynned. With the primary goal of inviting others to participate in the “dream of dance,” Pennsylvania Ballet will offer the region’s elderly citizens an opportunity to not only participate in master classes at our home studio of Pennsylvania Ballet but also make group trips to the Academy of Music to attend dress rehearsals as well as matinee series performances. Additionally, our talented corps of PBII dancers will travel to senior living centers to perform on site, bringing the dream of dance (and its accompanying smiles) directly to those elderly individuals who might otherwise be unable to experience ballet in person.