Building a more diverse ballet community.

About the Project

For nearly 10 years, Maryland Youth Ballet’s outreach initiative has introduced hundreds of disadvantaged and underserved children in our community to the joy of classical ballet.  Working in partnership with Montgomery County’s Linkages to Learning Program, MYB provides free after-school ballet classes to first and second graders in our local elementary schools. The children in the JumpStart classes are taught by members of MYB’s renowned faculty and provided with dance uniforms and shoes as well as complimentary tickets to MYB performances.

MYB’s JumpStart initiative is also about discovering young children with the potential for success in dance but without the financial resources for formal training. From the after school ballet classes, 20 students are selected to attend a week-long, summer dance intensive at MYB, for free. At the end of the week, students that possess the interest and the unique physical aptitude required, are offered a full scholarship to train at MYB. We currently have 15 JumpStart students in our program.

We need YOU to help sustain and grow this valued community program. Please consider joining MYB in our effort to raise $25,000. All funds will go directly towards the JumpStart program and will help offset the costs of the after school classes and summer intensive, children’s dancewear and shoes, complimentary performance tickets, and academy scholarships.

Thanks to those who have given so generously, Part 1 of this campaign raised $10,000! This will be used to fund the One Week Summer Dance Intensive for 20 JumpStart students. Help us reach our goal of $25,000 by making a donation to Part 2 of this campaign. With your help we can fund the after-school classes that are currently in nine elementary schools.


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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

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  • Donate $25 or more

    Receive a special THANK YOU on MYB’s social media pages.
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    Receive a special THANK YOU on MYB’s social media pages PLUS an MYB water bottle.
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    Receive a special THANK YOU on MYB’s social media pages and an MYB water bottle PLUS a hand written thank you letter from a JumpStart student.
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  • Donate $500 or more

    Receive a special THANK YOU on MYB’s social media pages, an MYB water bottle PLUS a personal invitation to JumpStart’s in-studio summer performance.
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  • Donate $1,000 or more

    Receive a special THANK YOU on MYB’s social media pages, an MYB water bottle, a personal invitation to JumpStart’s in-studio summer performance, PLUS two tickets to MYB’s Spring Concert.
    (9 of 10 remaining)
    Amount over $45 is tax-deductible
$1,809 to go. Every dollar helps.
$8,191 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 479 days ago

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