*New Ballet brings children and youth together from diverse backgrounds by providing equitable access to excellence in dance training.

The New Ballet Family includes people of all backgrounds, those who identify as Black, of color, LGBTQ+ as well as those at the intersections. Our founding mission statement*, written in 2004, is a mandate to be mindful and to exercise equity and love as we advocate for our students, families, staff and Board. 

In order to assure equity for the generations of youth and leaders to come, the Board of Directors has elected to add a permanent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Amber Floyd and Dustin James are the Co-Chairs. We will keep our constituents apprised of the work as we progress. Parent and student involvemement and outreach will be integral to our success.

For more information, please contact frontdesk [at] newballet [dot] org .

Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources - From our partners at the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Learn more about the Guild.

Implicit Bias Survey

All of us hold implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics. We are learning from Dr. Michael Lowe of Shelby County Schools and are grateful for his support and his recommendation to participate in this survey (below).

Join us in learning more here.

MLK Student Learning Guide

This material was developed by our friend, partner and supporter, Paula Barker, who worked with a group of PTO partners and others from her community to create a MLK learning guide – based on the life and teachings of MLK.

Ms. Barker is Senior Executive Assistant for Events and Administration, Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, UCC, Cleveland, Ohio.

Click here for the Learning Guide