Ballet Has Decided uses the grace, discipline and perfection of ballet to inspire, empower and educate underprivileged and disadvantaged young girls in Africa.
Our first steps have been taken in The Gambia, where with the generosity, support and guidance of inspirational and innovative members of the international ballet community we have created a sustainable ballet school and outreach program that is inspiring young girls in Africa
The Gambia Ballet Factory run free ballet classes and educational workshops in four local nursery and primary schools.that introduces the basic concepts of classical ballet, movement, music appreciation, rhythm and poise.
Gambia Ballet Factory offers a developmentally appropriate beginner ballet program that aims to build self-confidence and self-esteem in young children and actively fosters a love of dance at the most magical time in a little dancers life. We also have a focus on self-expression and interpretation as dancers dramatise different styles of music.
For true beginner students, these classes are the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of ballet with the aim of developing a skill set in traditional dance elements in a non-competitive, fun environment with musical accompaniment.
We introduce important ballet basics as well as encouraging imagination and creative movement. Our lessons include gentle introductions to ballet feet and arm positions, as well as centre and cross floor exercises. Our ballerinas learn about moving in a routine and working together as a group.
Introducing Ballet To Underprivileged Girls & Young Women In Africa
We also run a number of workshops at local youth clubs and community centres in Gambia that give underprivileged girls and young women a chance to experience ballet lessons, ballet classes, watch ballet film shows and participate in ballet and musical appreciation workshops.
Our community ballet programs introduces participants to ballet and identifies girls suitable for formal training through our annual ballet scholarships and ballet mentor program. The Gambia Ballet Factory offers free ballet lessons to these girls who show talent or commitment and is dedicated to creating a world-class standard for ballet classes, lessons, training, tuition, performance education and expression in The Gambia.