By providing a disciplined, yet creative and fun learning opportunity, Collage helps support Compass Community School’s mission to create a supportive, joyful, and hopeful school culture for our students which will prepare them to be positive agents of change in our community.

Stephanie Anderson
Principal, Compass Community Schools – Binghampton

Community Engagement

Collage is committed to advancing the reach of classical ballet training to underserved communities. In addition to the classical ballet training Collage offers through its conservatory, the company also offers a variety of dance workshops, summer intensives, master classes, and residencies for dancers and non-dancers of varying skill levels.

Collage’s workshops encourage students to express their emotions through movement. Students are exposed to classical and modern technique and receive hands-on instruction from company dancers. Students gain insight on how dance can be used to convey the stories and emotions of their everyday lives; in turn, decreasing the gap between spectator and performer. Workshops are also designed to expose young dancers to classical dance and spark a genuine interest in ballet training. Master classes will consist of intermediate or advanced classical ballet instruction from Collage’s Artistic Director and company dancers. Students will be instructed on the finer points of classical ballet technique, with particular emphasis on form and alignment.

Why Dance?
National studies show that students with high involvement in the arts perform better in school and stay in school longer. Students who are involved in arts education for at least 9 hours a week are 4 times more likely to have high academic achievement, higher GPAs, higher standardized test scores and lower dropout rates. Despite these findings, less than 3% of all children in Shelby County living in poverty have exposure to arts education.
Why Dance?
Students enrolled in dance and ballet programs learn the importance of dedication and commitment; they acquire the focus necessary to excel in their academic studies; and they learn to push through the boredom of repetition to reach the excitement of mastery. In the process, they develop an affinity for art and culture, which expands their worldview.
Why Dance?
Four in 10 students in Memphis have insufficient vigorous physical activity and 1 in 3 students is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight [we may want to cut the verbiage about weight]. Programs that encourage nutrition and promote physical activity are necessary. Ballet training helps students achieve better posture, improves flexibility, builds muscles and agility, and burns calories. Ballet also improves nutritional consciousness and sharpens young people’s cognitive function.
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Turning Pointe

TURNING POINTE is an in-school dance education program designed to introduce students to classical ballet and other dance disciplines through consistent, high-level training taught within school settings and in alignment with school schedules.

This program utilizes curriculum developed for the Collage Dance Conservatory and is taught by an accomplished faculty body in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, creative movement, movement fundamentals and beyond. In addition to classes, Turning Pointe offers nutrition workshops and counseling throughout the year to help students and families make healthier lifestyle choices.

Collage Dance started TURNING POINTE in 2011 to provide students in under-resourced communities with access to classical ballet training and arts enrichment activities. Now one of the largest dance education programs of its kind in Memphis, Tenn., TURNING POINTE serves more than 200 students annually within Shelby County Schools.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To cultivate an appreciation for dance and fine arts;
  • To increase pathways to college through dance scholarships;
  • To prepare those students with talent and interest for collegiate and/or professional dance opportunities.

To learn more about TURNING POINTE and opportunities to offer this enriching program please complete the Information Request Form by clicking the button below.

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