Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet dba Ballet Excel Ohio

Locally trained, nationally acclaimed

aka BALLET EXCEL OHIO   |   Cuyahoga Falls, OH   |  http://balletexcelohio.org/

Mission

1. To provide professional level training and performance opportunities to talented young dancers. 2. To educate young audiences in the art of ballet through original children’s ballets performed by children, for children.

Ruling year info

1980

Artistic Director

Mia Klinger

Main address

PO Box 3131

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 USA

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EIN

34-1318396

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

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Our programs

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Ballet Excel Ohio

The Ballet Excel Ohio (BXO) Company is comprised of male and female dancers ages 8 to 18, who receive intensive, pre-professional ballet instruction, including working with renowned guest choreographers and master class instructors; and performance opportunities including a full-scale ballet.

Reach Out and Dance® (ROAD) provides over 300 Akron Public Schools 2nd graders with free dance instruction in their classrooms, with annual choreography themes aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards. ROAD students perform for their schools and have the opportunity to perform in BXO Company performances. BXO’s scholarship program provides the opportunity for interested students beginning in the 2nd grade to continue their training through full scholarships for the Nan Klinger Excellence in Dance Studio. Full scholarships are available high school.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

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Our results

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Goals:

• Provide approximately 25 area youth in the BXO Company with pre-professional dance training with opportunities to perform, to learn from guest choreographers and master class instructors and, develop leadership skills, a strong work ethic, self-discipline and confidence;

• Present ballet as a timeless art form to over 7,000 audience members, focusing on increasing the diversity of the audiences through outreach efforts;

• Strengthen collaborative partnerships and engage new partners to distribute over 1,000 free and hundreds of reduced-price tickets to full-scale, full-length productions of Beauty and the Beast held at the Akron Civic Theatre;

• Hold sensory-friendly performance for children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders and Down Syndrome;

• Provide 15-20 free BXO performances at community venues as COVID conditions allow;

• Provide expert dance instruction tied to school curriculum to over 350 APS 2nd graders. Schools will receive study guides and families will get information packets, including free tickets to BXO’s Spring Ballet at the Akron Civic Theatre, and the students will have the chance to perform for their schools;

• Offer full scholarships to approximately 35 2nd graders to continue dance instruction, available for 10 years, and continue scholarships to students in the BXO Company; and

• Conduct program evaluations and study impact of scholarships on academic performance of BXO students.

BXO changes children’s lives through dance, through its core programs:

The BXO Company is comprised of male and female dancers ages 8 to 18, who receive intensive, pre-professional ballet instruction, including working with renowned guest choreographers and master class instructors, all of whom are nationally recognized and who have been principal dancers in major professional companies. BXO Company members also participate in annual leadership development workshops, and annually perform a full-scale ballet production at its Spring Ballet held at the Akron Civic Theatre, and at free community performances throughout the region.
BXO sets the highest standards of quality for its dancers. For decades students have received intensive instruction, developing a strong work ethic and life skills, such as commitment to excellence, self-discipline, team-building and leadership, which have prepared the Company dancers for success throughout their lifetimes academically and professionally. The list of alumni who have gone on to perform in professional companies is pages long. One of the greatest testaments to BXO’s quality is that it is part of a highly selective group of ballet companies that is granted ballets from the Balanchine Trust.

Reach Out and Dance® (ROAD), BXO’s outreach programs bring ballet to more diverse and underserved populations, and include:

• BXO on Tour, which has performed annually since 1976 for thousands of audience members, makes dance free and accessible by bringing it directly to schools, libraries, and other local venues. When performing in schools BXO provides a curriculum guide which addresses the theme, story and arts objectives meeting Common Core Standards.

• The Community Tickets Program is a BXO partnership with close to 20 community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Scouts, to distribute to approximately 1,500 free and hundreds of reduced-price tickets for BXO’s Spring Ballet.

• ROAD in the classrooms provides over 300 2nd grade Akron Public Schools (APS) students each year with free dance instruction in their classrooms, which complements classroom work with annual choreography themes aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards. Classes include a minimum of two instructors and one musician. ROAD students participate in a school-wide ROAD performance and have the opportunity to perform in BXO Company community performances and onstage for the BXO Spring Ballet at the Akron Civic Theatre. Students selected to dance with the Company for the Spring Ballet will have the special opportunity to work with world class choreographers and take class and rehearsals alongside the Company dancers. ROAD schools receive study guides for teachers, information packets for families, and free tickets to BXO’s Spring Ballet.

• BXO’s scholarship program provides the opportunity for interested students beginning in the 2nd grade to continue their training through full scholarships.

With over 40 years of experience and expertise working with children and providing pre-professional ballet instruction, Ballet Excel Ohio is widely regarded for its high quality and impact upon its dancers. It utilizes nationally renowned choreographers and master class instructors each year, and students have the opportunities for numerous performances including a full scale production at a theater.

Ballet Excel Ohio (BXO) has enriched the lives of thousands of students over the years. The intensive, pre-professional instruction and opportunities provided have developed life long skills of commitment to excellence, self-discipline and teamwork, helping to ensure success in their adult lives, regardless of the careers chosen.

Committed to diversity and accessibility to dance regardless of ability to pay, approximately 1/3 of BXO's audiences and dancers are made up of minority and underserved populations.

How we listen

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders,

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet dba Ballet Excel Ohio

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashleigh Miller

Amplify Excellence

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jackie Zorich

Ballet Excel Ohio

Annie Reagan

Ballet Excel Ohio

Tabitha Moneskey

Ballet Excel Ohio

Jill Pildner

Ballet Excel Ohio

Stephen Banig

Ballet Excel Ohio

Wendy Greathouse

Ballet Excel Ohio

Aiesha Motley

Ballet Excel Ohio

Jennifer Woods

Ballet Excel Ohio

Michael Butlien

Ballet Excel Ohio

Organizational demographics

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