Ballet Brazos Vision Statement
Ballet Brazos is a non-profit organization whose mission is to instruct, educate, and enrich young people and their audiences through the art of dance, and provide quality classical ballet performances for the community. These performances provide an opportunity to showcase local talent, cultivate an appreciation for the arts, and inspire the next generation of dancers. Dancers and instructors are recruited from dance studios across the Brazos Valley, and collaborate to create a truly civic ballet company.
Ballet Brazos exists as proof that collaboration is a wonderful way to allow dancers, teachers, and audiences to experience the wonder of classical ballet. Many regional ballet schools across the country have their own annual productions of The Nutcracker and other full-length ballets; however, Ballet Brazos is unique! Dancers for our productions are cast by auditions open to the entire Bryan/College Station community. Our inaugural performance of The Nutcracker in 2012 showcased the talents of dancers from at least five area schools, and was made possible through the efforts of area ballet teachers and a multitude of community volunteers and sponsors.
Several years ago, Suzanne Moreau and Diana Wilcox were standing together at the George Bush Christmas Performance, watching local dancers perform a dance from The Nutcracker, and an idea was born! The ladies began to discuss how wonderful it would be for local studios to come together in a community-wide performance of the ballet. They knew that their passion and experience, together with Katy Ellison’s expertise as a former professional dancer and long-time teacher/director of preprofessional ballet students, would help create a wonderful artistic team. And knowing there was great interest among local dancers and parents to participate in The Nutcracker, the time seemed right. Meetings began, and an audition date was set and announced to the community.
Immediately, the community embraced the vision of Ballet Brazos. Auditions for the 2012 Nutcracker were attended by nearly 80 dancers, ranging in age from six to adult. After many months of rehearsals, Ballet Brazos dancers performed the beautiful ballet to sold-out audiences at Rudder High School.
Following the success of those first performances, Ballet Brazos was not idle! An executive board was formed and met throughout the year to further define the organization, create a business plan, and look to the future. Suzanne Moreau, Diana Wilcox, and Katy Ellison have continued to meet and work together to fulfill their artistic vision for the company and strive to make upcoming productions bigger and better. The dancers have been offered many training opportunities during the years, in the form of master classes and workshops, and several of the Ballet Brazos dancers have been chosen to perform with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra in their annual Children’s Concert.
We are excited and honored by the outstanding support we’ve received from the community, and we hope to continue offering area dancers and audiences the opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of classical ballet for many years to come!