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.
For further information on Collage’s workshops, residencies or master classes, please contact Karen Niceley at [email protected]
The Turning Pointe Program is a dance training program that focuses on ballet technique, exposure to the arts, and leadership development. The program is one of the largest arts education programs of its kind in Memphis, TN serving over 200 students annually in area charter schools. The overarching goals are three-fold:
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.
Students at local charter schools take two to four ballet classes a week during the school term. The majority receive this instruction as part of their school day. Students perform in annual dance concerts, and are required to attend professional dance and fine arts events in the city. Turning Pointe also incorporates a healthy lifestyles component, with emphasis on nutrition, cultural exposure and social etiquette.
Collage Dance started the Turning Pointe program to provide students in under-resourced communities with access to classical ballet training and arts enrichment activities. Since the inception of the Turning Pointe program in 2011, Collage has trained more than 600 students.