We are continuously fostering the pursuit and passion of artistic expression through the art of dance in our youth. Since its inception, WMYB has provided thousands of dancers with the opportunity to learn a classically choreographed ballet and perform it in front of a live audience in two annual professional productions. The dancers from all over West Michigan are introduced to classic ballet pieces and experience all facets of the performance including auditions, casting, rehearsals, costuming, set design, and performance.
"Ballet, with its artistic grace and inclusive spirit, serves as a catalyst for empowerment, resilience, and cultural enrichment within communities, nurturing minds, bodies, and spirits alike."
In the Community
WMYB makes community outreach a priority by bringing ballet programs to the youth in under-served areas. WMYB has formed strong relationships with Coit Elementary (Grand Rapids Public Schools) as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids. Students of WMYB and its outreach programs experience the many physical and mental health benefits of dance including self-confidence, teamwork, acceptance, discipline, and creative expression. While more mainstream team sports receive school funding, ballet receives almost no academic support. Therefore, dancers must develop and maintain their abilities outside of school. WMYB offers students of all ages and backgrounds with the performance experience as well as coaching, facilities, and support to pursue their passion for ballet.