Interest in Classical Ballet is growing all across West Africa and potential ballerinas, ballet dancers, ballet teachers & contemporary dance choreographers now have a number of inspirational role models from the international world of classical ballet.
Michaela DePrince’s journey from an orphanage in the war-torn West African country of Sierra Leone to prima ballerina and principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet has been an inspiration to young girls all over Africa.
Our mission is to help increase the participation in classical ballet in The Gambia. We run ballet classes, and workshops in local schools and community centres. In the future we hope to provide scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training.
Misty Copeland made history when she was promoted to principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to reach the elite dance company’s top rank.
She has authored a best selling memoir, was featured this year on the cover of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” and has starred in a viral Under Armour ad, twirling amid the reading of a rejection letter declaring she has “the wrong body for ballet.”
The Gambia Ballet Factory Vision is to build a Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Performing Arts Centre where the best ballet dancers in Gambia can be nurtured, developed and showcased.
Africa has shaped the artistic world for centuries especially in the areas of dance and music. The Gambia Ballet Factory takes pride in these forms of art and is committed to their preservation, development and promotion.
The aim of The Gambia Ballet Factory is to add to this heritage by creating a world-class standard for ballet classes, lessons, courses, training, tuition, performance, education and expression in West Africa.
Where We are Right Now
It’s been an activity-filled journey for The Gambia Ballet Factory and despite the absence of a much-needed dance studio some of our success stories include;
- Creation of Jobs
- Transforming lives and reviving hope
- Creation and development of a new industry
- Professional tutoring in ballet and other dance
The Gambia Ballet Factory will add value to the societal and cultural development of the Gambian arts community, and will deliver ballet workshops and courses in a dynamic way. By unifying and advancing the performing arts, offering free community service to other foundations and schools, the center will use ballet to present life-changing messages that will re-orientate families, children, and youth, re-channel and help develop personal skills they can use positively in life.
The Gambia Ballet Factory further aspires to be a hub of creativity where our community not only finds a place to escape, be inspired and be educated but also to be engaged in ballet and contemporary dance. Our hope is to use ballet to challenge mindsets.
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Our ballet introduction and education program in The Gambia is entirely funded by donations, project grants and philanthropic support.