Align Mentoring: Empowering Students to Succeed Beyond the Studio
Align Mentoring works to enhance the potential of every child at New Ballet Ensemble and School. Through the program, students broaden their view of the world and embrace new opportunities. We provide our students with mentors to give them the support and resources they need to succeed beyond the studio. Mentoring is a key component alongside rigorous dance training in developing artistic students holistically.
Mentoring at New Ballet
In partnership with Mentor Memphis Grizzlies (MMG), a program of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, New Ballet Ensemble and School provides weekly weekly individual and small group mentoring in studio.
Mentoring at New Ballet Ensemble & School provides holistic creative youth development and a support system that empowers students to succeed beyond the studio. New Ballet facilates one on one mentoring as well as small group mentoring. Our goal is to align interests and needs between mentor and mentee, strengthening the child's areas of weakness while celebrating their strengths. Mentors meet with the students at New Ballet Ensemble in concurrence with their dance training weekly for about 30 minutes. In some cases, mentors have discovered passions for other creative endeavors (crafting, languages, poetry, robotics, etc.) and in others, a deep need for special focus on reading or math. Still other young people seek the ear of a trusted advisor to listen as they work out their own solutions to sometimes diffiicult social or familial challenges. A student best voices our philosphy, "At New Ballet, who I am is good enough. I feel at home and loved. The teachers and mentors encourage us to improve and so we want to improve every day". - LeAnthony Douglas (New Ballet Teaching Artist & former New Ballet mentee)