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Avant Chamber Ballet launches new free training

Avant Chamber Ballet's First Steps program. Photo courtesy of ACB.
Avant Chamber Ballet's First Steps program. Photo courtesy of ACB.

Avant Chamber Ballet (ACB) has announced a new extension of “First Steps,” its free outreach classes now for dancers up to age 14. The classes will launch this fall at South Dallas Cultural Center’s dance studio and at the ACB studio in the Dallas Design Center. All classes will be free and also supply dancing shoes for all dancers.

“We are launching a new model for how dancers can train,” says ACB Artistic Director Katie Puder. “Training has become so expensive and excludes many people because they literally can’t afford it. Our goal is that any child who wants to dance, can do it no matter their background.”

The program First Steps started in 2021, with introductory creative movement classes once a week for ages four through seven at Klyde Warren Park and has quickly grown to teach hundreds of dancers each year across the city with all classes at capacity. This new extension in the fall will reach many more students including dancers who are interested in pre-professional ballet training. All class space is limited and registration opens online July 26. 

First Steps is made possible by funding from Communities Foundation of Texas, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trusts, and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.  

ACB’s mission is to bring exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Its ensemble of classically trained dancers presents a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works from local choreographers, as well as internationally acclaimed artists. Since its inaugural season in 2012, ACB has presented over 50 world premiere ballets.

More information is available online at avantchamberballet.org.

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