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A Victory for Cultural Arts in Schools

December 29th, 2011

Ballet North in Kansas City
A victory for cultural arts in public schools has been won this November and December by way of the Nutcracker School Tour presented by Ballet North performing at 6 area schools despite the challenging economic environment.  Kellybrook Elementary, Warren Hills Elementary and Alexander Doniphan Elementary in the Liberty Missouri School District; Bell Prairie in the North Kansas City School District; Chinn Elementary in the Park Hill School District and Orrick Elementary located in Orrick Missouri all participated in this year's tour.  Ballet North wishes to thank these public schools and teachers for their involvement and willingness to bring cultural arts to thousands of students, many of whom will never attend performing arts events, despite very trying circumstances that all school districts face.  All told some 3,500 elementary students participated in the Nutcracker School Tour 2011.  
In addition, the Kearney School District an…

Photos from Nutcracker Children's Party 2011!

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Taken during the Nutcracker Children's Party Saturday December 7, 2011 at the Ballet North studios.  Thank you to Michelle McPherson for her photography!

Ballet North on the "Mozart Effect" of Classical Ballet

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From Ballet North Coppelia Dress Rehearse 2

Ballet North in Kansas City - December 27, 2011

Many parents suspect that Classical Ballet is a very beneficial activity for their child to do, but are not quite sure exactly why that is or what makes Classical Ballet beneficial as opposed to other activities or especially other "dance" forms.

To start, Classical Ballet is done to Classical Music where the Mozart Effect is well documented: the complexities of the music require mental development just to follow and understand. Quite literally, by listening to classical music a child's mind will improve and develop more robustly than otherwise would happen.

Next, Classical Ballet adds on a second major element by way of requiring not only the mind to listen to and understand the melody, but for the body to move on tempo with the melody doing specific, clean steps with a technique of movement just as complex as Classical Music.

In other words, Classical Ballet will challenge th…