Vision & History

Vision

Ballet Afrique is a professional performing arts company for dedicated, passionate, and gifted artists on a quest for technical growth and artistic nourishment. The company employs a synthesis of ballet, modern, and African dance to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance. Ballet Afrique is comprised of two companies and a student academy: Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance, the Umoja Youth Company, and the Ballet Afrique Dance Academy. One of our aims is to reach families who typically do not have access to the arts, whether that boundary be financial, language-based, physical, or mental. We pride ourselves on works of dance that possess both high artistic merit, as well as works bearing a readiness to connect and inspire a multitude of people from various walks of life. It is our mission to artistically represent an adoration and joy for movement that transcends race, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds while providing a nurturing environment where artists can embody, and audiences can experience, the desire, athleticism, and vitality of dance.

History

Ballet Afrique contemporary dance was founded in 2008 to build understanding, inspiration, and appreciation for the cultures and experiences of the African Diaspora through dance. When the studio originally started, classes were taught community-style, with only one class serving all students, ages 5 to adult. Today the studio serves over 150 families, and a full curriculum that includes ballet, modern, jazz, African and tap dance, as well as a community outreach program and two professional performing companies. The companies perform annually in Austin at prestigious venues such as the Long Center, the George Washington Carver Museum, and soon the One World Theater. Ballet Afrique continues to strive towards bringing arts education to diverse audiences of varying social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.