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There is something for everyone in Emerald Ballet Theatre's upcoming Spring production on May 19 and 20 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center.

▪ ACT I is Peter and the Wolf, based on the exciting children's tale set to music by Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Talented youth and professional musicians provide live music for the educational introduction called Meet the Musicians.
▪ ACT II is Les Sylphides, a gorgeous romantic reverie with choreography by Michel Fokine and music by Frédéric Chopin.
ACT I is Peter and the Wolf, based on the exciting children's tale set to music by Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Talented youth and professional musicians provide live music for the educational introduction called Meet the Musicians.
ACT II is Les Sylphides, a gorgeous romantic reverie with choreography by Michel Fokine and music by Frédéric Chopin.

This mixed bill is a perfect introduction to the beauty and fun of dance. Purchase your tickets here.

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Emerald Ballet Academy won Outstanding School at the 2018 Seattle YAGP Semi-Finals.

Twenty-three dancers from Emerald Ballet Academy, the official school of EBT, recently returned from the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York, where they had the privilege of competing against and taking master classes alongside some of the world's most talented students.

Congratulations to:

▪ Junior soloist, Mckenzie Wilson
▪ Pas de deux couple Kaili Kirschbaum & Daniel Chernyavskiy
▪ Pas de deux couple Elisa Munson & Ryan Hong
▪ Summer Ensemble
▪ Baby Swans Ensemble
Junior soloist, Mckenzie Wilson
Pas de deux couple Kaili Kirschbaum & Daniel Chernyavskiy
Pas de deux couple Elisa Munson & Ryan Hong
Summer Ensemble
Baby Swans Ensemble
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Mckenzie Wilson

Says Ms. Viktoria, "Dancers, your hard work, dedication, and love of dance shone through. We were very proud of the way you carried yourselves and supported each other." And thank you to the amazing parents and teachers who supported their journey there.

We have posted many photos of the experience on EBT's Facebook and Instagram pages. These dancers can next be seen in EBT's Spring production.

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EBT Magic Bus presents "Social Studies: Folktales of the Pacific Northwest."

EBT's annual outreach into the schools was made all the more memorable this year by the addition of a special guest: Chickadee Snow from the Blackfeet Tribe.

Our Social Studies-themed Magic Bus assembly at John Muir Elementary explored the Salish Sea landscape through time from the perspective of its original inhabitants. Programming Director Sarah Jacobsen consulted with Mary L. Wilber of the Eastside Native American Education Program in preparation for this assembly.

With the help of Chickadee and audience volunteers, EBT dancers and narrator Emily Leapi shared folktales of the Pacific Northwest and brought them to life. Chickadee gave a presentation and performed a Jingle Dance in her regalia. One parent commented, "Watching today’s performance was powerful, meaningful, emotional and beautiful all at once! I am so glad we made the time to be a part of this!"


© Gaby Cavalcanti photography

▪ See more photos here.
▪ Watch a short video about the assembly here.
See more photos here.
Watch a short video about the assembly here.

Next year's Magic Bus theme is Visual Arts. Would you like EBT to perform at your school? In "Pictures at an Exhibition," we will take a virtual trip to a museum, learning about arts and artists along the way. Email info@emeraldballet.org for more information, or to book your assembly for Spring 2019.

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This event is open to the community.

The EBT Teaching Institute aims to help prepare dancers for a broad range of careers. We had a terrific costume/design workshop in April with Ms. Angela. Now we are looking forward to our next event.

Physical therapists from Seattle Dance and Performance Arts Medicine will give a lecture and workshop on Tuesday, May 1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the studio. They will discuss how to pursue a career in the heath field and physical therapy, and lead participants in a movement lab. It is free to TI participants and $15 for others. View the flyer for more information.

Email info@emeraldballet.org to register.


Donations to #GiveBIG support EBT's Scholarship Fund.

On Wednesday, May 9, The Seattle Foundation will host its annual online charitable giving event to benefit non-profits in our community, including EBT. All donations will be partially matched and will go to EBT's Scholarship Fund, directly helping dancers in need.

EBT prides itself on offering a variety of opportunities to children with different dance goals. Sometimes students require a little (or a lot) of financial assistance to take full advantage of classes, Teaching Institute workshops, performances or competitions (that can lead to more scholarships). By supporting EBT's Scholarship Fund, you can make a difference for these dancers.

Don't want to wait until May 9 to contribute? Schedule your donation today here. Thank you!

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EBT dancers hit Seattle!

As always, EBT loved taking part in All-4-1 Dancepalooza on March 9-11. Along with trying out a variety of classes and gathering for a fun photo shoot in Capitol Hill, our dancers took to the stage for classical pas de deux's and modern pieces.

Thanks to all who came out and watched our performances:

▪ Starry Night (Beginning Modern)
▪ Dispossesion (Advanced Modern)
Starry Night (Beginning Modern)
Dispossesion (Advanced Modern)

Some of the festival's teachers were so inspiring that we've invited them to come to Emerald Ballet Academy this summer. Yes, Ms. Lallone, Mr. Porretta, Mr. Wilkins, we're talking about you! View details here.

EBT applied for several grants over the winter, and received two that are requiring staff and board members to put in a lot of extra work and time. We feel the results will be worth it!


Our dancers are thankful for your support.


501 Commons awarded EBT participation in their Springboard non-profit capacity building and cohort-based planning program, which is designed to provide arts and cultural non-profit staff and board leaders with the skills, tools, and information they need to lead in challenging times and to advance their organizational missions. At a value of $20,000, 501 Commons provides two consultants and the support of their organization for eight months to assist EBT in completing an organizational assessment and developing a plan to address priority issues. We are gathering semi-monthly with other non-profits of our size to learn with and from their experiences, as well. The cost to EBT is just $900, thanks to underwriting from Boeing, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


Education, Performance and Outreach are the three prongs of non-profit EBT's mission.


The second special grant was awarded by the City of Bellevue to partially fund work on professionally telling the story of EBT’s mission. EBT's Program Director, Communications Manager, and volunteer Board Member will work with a filmmaker to craft a three-minute video focusing on the three prongs of EBT’s mission, why dance is important for children and society, and why EBT needs community support.

In their annual support of Bellevue arts and cultural organizations, the City of Bellevue Arts Commission awarded EBT $3,000 to support our mission for nine months of performances, education and outreach featuring school and boys programs, and free or discounted performance tickets for 2,000+ underserved youth and families.

Thank you to volunteers Kim Kirschbaum and Cathy Springman, as well as staff Sarah Jacobsen and Leah Parman, for their work on securing grant funding for EBT.


We need:

▪ Grocery store gift cards to purchase healthy foods/drinks for snack sales.
Grocery store gift cards to purchase healthy foods/drinks for snack sales.

Please email info@emeraldballet.org if you can help. Donations to non-profit EBT are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


May 1: Teaching Institute: Workshop/lecture with Seattle Dance and Performance Arts Medicine - Open to the community!
May 9: GiveBIG fundraising for EBT Scholarship Fund
May 15: Deadline to register/pay for summer programs with early-bird pricing
May 19-20: Spring show: Peter and the Wolf/Les Sylphides
May 20: Spring Fling for PreBallet dancers
May 28: Studio closed for Memorial Day


Our community is growing, and we want you to be a part of it! Stay connected to EBT on Facebook and Instagram.


Emerald Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is committed to advancing the arts through education, performance, community outreach, and collaboration with other arts organizations. Emerald Ballet Academy is currently registering for summer camps, classes and ballet intensives.

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