Project Ballet maintains an uncompromising commitment to high quality performances.
Project Ballet is committed to choosing repertory and performance opportunities for our students that are relevant, inspiring, and that will appropriately challenge both the artistic and technical range of our dancers. We maintain a repertory for our advanced dancers that mirrors the work they will one day perform on the professional stage.
Project Ballet seeks out opportunities to perform works by major 20th century choreographers. In 2008 and 2017 we were granted permission from Peter Martins (the former Ballet Master in Chief of the New York City Ballet) to perform his Eight Easy Pieces. In both 2010 and 2014, we were granted permission from the Balanchine Trust to perform works by George Balanchine, the first movement of his Serenade and his Valse-Fantaisie. In 2016 we were granted permission from the Gerald Arpino Foundation to perform an excerpt from his Birthday Variations. In 2021, we were granted permission to perform an excerpt from Paul Taylor's Airs.
Project Ballet faculty regularly stages works from the classical ballet cannnon, including excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere and Giselle. We also regularly hire accomplished guest choreographers to create original works on our dancers. As of 2020 we had commissioned over 100 new works from choreographers of significance.
Since 2004 Project Ballet has premiered a series of children's story ballets that utilize every age group of student, from the preschool dancer through the advanced teen. Our children's story ballet repertoire includes Snow White, Old MacDonald, The Secret Garden, Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals and The Ugly Duckling.
Project Ballet also presents an annual Nutcracker performance each December. 2021 will mark the eleventh year of our Nutcracker tradition, which features a cast of over 100 young dancers from Project Ballet, performing to sold-out houses and thousands of audience members. We are proud to perform the Nutcracker at Fort Wayne's historic Embassy Theatre.
In 2004 Project Ballet began a Student Choreography Showcase which annually premieres original works of student choreography in a performance format that utilizes students as not only choreographers, but also as artistic and production staff. This tradition continues as we work to foster budding choreographers of tomorrow.
In 2017 we added a fourth performance series to our season. The Variation Showcase each March allows our students the opportunity to prepare and perform solo variations from the classical ballet cannon.
In total, Project Ballet presents over a dozen performances on the main stage each year, serving an audience of over 5,000 patrons.