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New Ballet Ensemble Set to Open NBE Lab, Expand Impact

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Oct 16, 2017

New Ballet Ensemble is planning to double its footprint in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis, TN. With an already established presence in the area, NBE now plans to pen NBE Lab, a partnership with Melrose High School that will focus on urban dance and hip-hop with elements of ballet.

According to High Ground, “in Orange Mound, NBE strives to develop students by implementing a high professional standard in dance classes and also by serving as a creative youth development organization providing academic support and mentoring services. The programs they implement in the neighborhood take a holistic approach to each student and create access to opportunities through dance. NBE provides transportation and scholarships for participants who have the desire and potential to pursue dance and that help getting to NBE’s studio in Cooper-Young.”

NBE’s programming in Orange Mound has brought the benefits of dance to young people who do not always have access to the arts. For many, while it was initially difficult to get started, it has proved to be integral to their life experience.

“I had plenty of instances where I wanted to quit dance because growing up in Orange Mound, I was teased a lot about dance. People would tell me that I wasn’t supposed to be dancing, that I was supposed to be playing basketball or football because I was good at it,” he said. “When you actually learn how to do ballet, it makes you a different person.”

Read more about the expansion here.

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