BalletRox Inc.

Transforming Young Lives through Dance Education

Jamaica Plain, MA   |  www.balletrox.info

Mission

BalletRox is giving kids a chance to dance! Our mission is to expose Boston youth to dance and opportunities for mastery and performance, to which they would not otherwise have access, giving them discipline and a supportive community to succeed in life. We strive to improve the well-being of local youth and the greater community through exposure and access to dance. Our programs are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to social development, encourages healthy lifestyle, and helps develop valuable life skills. While BalletRox helps students increase technical dance abilities, it is these additional skills which lead to increased confidence levels and self-efficacy that are the most important goals of our programming.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Ellice Patterson

Main address

PO Box 301334

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 USA

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Formerly known as

American Concert Ballet

EIN

04-3140205

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BalletRox is faced with a multi-level need for support. On a programming level, class scheduling and space constraints continue to be a challenge in our shared home at Spontaneous Celebrations. This year we are again modifying our schedule. We are moving all tap classes to a more conducive space, and creating a new designated area for parents to congregate during class time. On a fundraising level, one of our biggest challenges is securing funding for operational support. We currently operate with the Board President functioning as an unpaid Executive Director, which is not sustainable in the long run. To meet this goal, we will be investing up to $15,000 in FY19 to purchase a new donor data base. On the community level, our student governing teen group Youth Council, is faced with a challenge to facilitate communication among all members. This year, we are introducing a 1 hour weekly time for its members to gather to work on various creative and programmatic projects.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BalletRox Boston Public Schools Program

BalletRox Boston Public School programs provide weekly dance instruction to students as a structured, integrated part of their school day. We design individualized programs best suited to a school's needs, integrating with, and connecting to the academic curriculum and community cultures. Weekly dance classes are age and grade appropriate, sequential in learning based on City, State, and National Standards for Dance, and carefully aligned to BPS learning standards. At the elementary level, year-long programs incorporate curriculum such as science, math, literacy and community. The Middle School Curriculum explores ballet, tap, jazz, modern and post-modern dance, salsa, and hip hop. Sessions include dance history, discussion of current events in dance, journaling, and multiple performance opportunities. English language learners and students with disabilities are included in all classes.and community. The Middle School Curriculum explores ballet, tap, jazz, modern and post-modern dance, salsa, and hip hop. Sessions include dance history, discussion of current events in dance, journaling, and multiple performance opportunities. English language learners and students with disabilities are included in all classes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

BalletRox Dance! is an accessible and affordable Community Dance Program located in Jamaica Plain. As young people learn dance technique - ballet, tap, soca, modern, hip hop, street jazz - they also learn essential life skills necessary for success and leading to self-efficacy. BalletRox Dance! operates 2 afternoons per week and on Saturday mornings, September to May. The program is open to all; there are no auditions and tuition is affordable, with a sliding scale based on income level. Dancewear and costumes are included at no extra charge, helping to ensure that participants have the basic tools necessary to succeed. We provide three field trips to professional dance performances at low or no cost to students and their families. Students perform in two recitals and several community dance festivals. Teens and pre-teens participate in the Youth Council, advising the program, assisting teachers, mentoring younger students, writing scripts and creating original choreography.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist 2016

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

BalletRox has gone to numerous field trips, including to Alvin Ailey, Broadway in Boston's Cinderella, Russian Ballet Swan Lake, Dorrance Dance at Emerson Majestic Theatre and many others.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

BalletRox Dance! Community Dance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each field trip would have around 50 free participants, which would total overall to 200.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

BalletRox has received a number of grants consisting of restricted and unrestricted grants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BalletRox provides equitable dance education for Boston youth facing the most systemic barriers. We have two programs (our after-school program and external partners program). Our after school program provides sequential mastery of technique in ballet, tap, hip hop, modern, creative movement, and more to students ages 3 and up. We provide unlimited partial and full scholarships to anyone who needs it, as well as free dancewear and free field trips to see professional dancers so they can see what they can become. We also have our external partners program where we partner with Boston Public schools, private schools, and after-school programs to bring dance to where students are and work with these partners to afford these program and externally fundraise for the rest so the community can embrace us without financial barriers.

Our students within our after-school program primarily come from these communities within MA: Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Allston/Brighton, and more. For field trips, students have been able to see professional companies such as Abilities Dance, Boston Ballet, and more. It is important that we show students what they become, if they so choose to pursue a dance career, and see the professional industry and representation through diverse companies. For our older students, we have a Youth Council which is a governing student body. These students sit on board committees, write grants, create choreography for recitals, learn other arts administrative/nonprofit skills, and more. It is important that we be a youth-led organization and give our youth the opportunity to use their voice and continue their own leadership beyond our organization.
In summer of 2021, we initiated a Latinx push for our enrollment efforts. We had a Spanish speaking enrollment night and reached out to various community organizations to advertise our offerings. We have a volunteer translator so families can know exactly what our offerings are with a translated enrollment form. We also reached out to the Spanish-speaking families through a partnership with Ann’s Christian Learning Center, some of whom loved our work in that partnership and were excited to continue in depth in our after-school program. We offered scholarships to these and every family who needs it.

We have hired a full time executive director who has the time to really sustain and grow the organization in a way that we haven't had the resources for. We continued to grow our administrative capacity by hiring administrative assistants for both of our programs and a development associate to support our individual donor and government/foundation support. This will help give the much needed administrative support to provide even more programming for our students and increase our reach.

The youth we serve are engaged in our Youth Council, which meets regularly, and advises BalletRox on programming, curriculum, and activities they want to participate in. The Youth Council co-chairs are invited to Board meetings. Our Board has parent representatives, both current and past parents, and we consciously seek out Board members who come from the community we serve. Our staff includes a former BalletRox scholarship student, and a grandparent of a current scholarship student, and is representative in terms of ethnicity and race of the community we serve.

The organization's most quantifiable high impact program is our after-school program. This is mainly due
to the fact of our external partners (especially various Boston Public School sites) unable to share student
demographic data outside of the organization. Our after-school program has virtually all low-income families
that live in communities facing the most systemic inequities. 90% of our students are students of color. 25%
of our students identify as disabled. We have students that openly identify as trans. We also have a larger
number of Spanish speaking families (due to targeted Spanish language enrollment nights) that identify as undocumented and/or low-income that utilize the services of our bilingual staff to stay informed of their student's progress and organizational news. We currently serve 100 students across the various classes ages 3 - 19.
Our widest program is our external partners program. We teaches grades K0 - 12th in Boston Public
Schools, private schools, and after-school programs to provide less technique and more movement based
activities to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cultural wellness of the students. Our teachers are
highly esteemed across the country that provide virtual and in person learning to students within current
curriculum and programs. Our 2021 partners include Ann's Christian Learning Center, Mather School, Roger
Clap Elementary School, Henderson Inclusion School, Conley Elementary School, Wheelock Family Theatre,
Mission Grammar Academy, and Mission Grammar Summer Academy.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have done enrollment nights so that incoming families can learn more about our after-school program. We have trained teachers on how to provide a high quality education virtually so we can continue to meet students' needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BalletRox Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gregory Manousos

Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP

Term: 2020 - 2021

Carol Knox

UAW, AFL-CIO, Retired

Monique Veale

METCO

Jane Allard

Akamai Technologies

Gregory Manousos

Morgan, Brown, and Joy, LLP

Rachel Hassinger

WGBH Educational Foundation

Morgan Keith

Liberty Mutual

Jeremy Thompson

Services Employees International Union

Magalie Neff

Boston Public Schools

Sarita Uribe

Tambo Artes

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/07/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.