Introducing Ballet To The School Curriculum In The Gambia
The Gambia Ballet Factory run free ballet classes and educational workshops in four local nursery and primary schools.that introduces the basic concepts of classical ballet, movement, music appreciation, rhythm and poise.
Gambia Ballet Factory offers a developmentally appropriate beginner ballet program that aims to build self-confidence and self-esteem in young children and actively fosters a love of dance at the most magical time in a little dancers life. We also have a focus on self-expression and interpretation as our little dancers dramatise different styles of music.
For true beginner students, these classes are the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of ballet with the aim of developing a skill set in traditional dance elements in a non-competitive, fun environment with musical accompaniment.
We introduce important ballet basics as well as encouraging imagination and creative movement. Our lessons include gentle introductions to ballet feet and arm positions, as well as centre and cross floor exercises. Our ballerinas learn about moving in a routine and working together as a group.
3 Day Introduction To Classical Ballet
Day 1 gives children the opportunity to stretch and increase self-confidence while being introduced to basic ballet concepts, skills and some free-form movement exploration. We use film clips, books and classical music to introduce the children to Ballet and give them the confidence to participate in the second day’s activities.
Day 2 is an introduction to ballet basics that uses methods designed for young imaginative minds and bodies. Students begin to work on body alignment and posture as well as develop self-expression through creative movement. We distribute ballet shoes to the class to inspire participation, team spirit and a sense of belonging to the class in order to develop a simple dance routine.
Day 3 teaches students the fundamentals of ballet technique. The teacher will emphasize body placement, and spatial awareness. Students will also explore ballet-based improvisation. We continue to teach the fundamentals of ballet allowing the children to develop and present a short dance routine to their fellow class mates
Classical Ballet Workshops For Schools & Youth Clubs
Nothing is more marvellous than watching our ballerina dance.
During the 3 day introductory workshop mentioned above, we will expect to identify the girls who show potential talent or real commitment and who will move up to participate in a more traditional ballet class.
Over the next 2 sessions, the students will learn concentration and endurance and become more proficient in fundamental ballet steps, techniques and concepts.
Classical Ballet Scholarships
From the selection process above, Gambia Ballet Factory will choose a number of girls to move on to the next stage of fully funded ballet lessons at our ballet studio in Bijilo.
Ballet Donations, Funding & Sponsorship
Our ballet introduction and education program in The Gambia is entirely funded by donations, project grants and philanthropic support.
We would be thrilled if you could offer us any support or even just guidance on the best way forward?