CATALYST is a partnership program between Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT) and Dance Canvas. The program strives to elevate the beauty, power, and reach of the ballet art form by supporting Black dance students as they advance towards professional ballet careers. Black dancers are historically underrepresented in professional ballet companies. This lack of representation is the result of systemic barriers to access, and harms not only individual dancers, but the entire profession, by limiting ballet’s talent pool and potential audience. To counter this, CATALYST provides talented Black dance students with high-level technical training, mentorship, and career development - all on full scholarship. Program participants take part in rigorous technical ballet training at the Terminus Modern Ballet School that is integrated in current curriculum and receive career planning and professional and personal mentorship through Dance Canvas. This holistic combination of coursework, mentorship, and financial support is vital to eliminate barriers. It offers essential empowerment to young Black ballet dancers as they move forward towards professional ballet careers, and onto professional stages.
At Terminus, our goal is to empower and generate a creative culture of growing artists. In partnering with Dance Canvas and the great work they have been doing through mentorship and professional development, we are aligning our two organizations in order to provide a holistic training approach that is unique to each young dancers’ talents, with the ultimate goal of getting these aspiring black artists to the professional ballet stage.
Dance Canvas' mission is to provide opportunities and venues to increase the awareness of professional dance in Atlanta. Through CATALYST, Dance Canvas will provide mentoring and career building tools using the trademarked DC NEXT curriculum. The DC NEXT curriculum nurtures leadership, fosters artist professionalism, and teaches career goal setting skills to allow young artists to be successful "both onstage and backstage".
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