Footworks Youth Ballet is the non-profit affiliate of Oakley Ballet Center. Footworks performs two full-length ballets each year: The Nutcracker in December, and a spring production in early June (see our repertoire). Student dancers train at Oakley Ballet Center and are encouraged to take part in Footworks productions to craft their artistry and apply the technique they have learned. They gain experience with being a part of a professional-level production, complete with costumes, props, sets, lighting and more. Whenever possible, all roles (including principal, soloist and corps roles) are danced by student dancers.
Footworks Youth Ballet, Inc.‘s purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people in the art of ballet.
More specifically, the mission of Footworks Youth Ballet is to develop and enhance every student’s love and appreciation for the art of ballet; to do so by offering all students an opportunity to perform in live ballet performances; to provide serious ballet students who aspire to a professional career in dance the opportunity to develop their artistry and refine their ballet technique while performing on stage; to encourage young aspiring choreographers by providing nurturing workshops and choreographic opportunities under the mentorship of dance professionals; to widen life’s opportunities for all students and encourage them to meet life’s challenges and opportunities with confidence and self-esteem developed through the discipline of ballet.