PROGRAM ~ Moscow Ballet’s ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity providing thousands of children a day, or week, of cultural immersion; personal role modeling with the highly trained Russian dancers; and a world class performance experience.
Washington Post writes, “Some people talk about changing the current national emphasis on STEM to STEAM (A for Arts)...the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.” Important life skills such as problem solving, perseverance, focus, accountability, and more, are inherent in learning arts disciplines. Click to read the full article as taken from Lisa Phillips blog post.
LIVE PERFORMANCE~ Experiencing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance live is an integral part of the New Horizon experience. It opens children’s awareness to the fantastic physical prowess and artistry of the company as well as the celebration of peace and cultural diversity in the ballet.During the New Horizons immersion sessions, children work 1-on-1 with Moscow Ballet ballerinas in movement, health and art/culture workshops. Through New Horizons children develop life skills identified by Lisa Phillips in her post “Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts.” In movement classes children learn physical confidence, non-verbal communication, perseverance and focusing skills; in the health workshops they develop problem solving skills, receive constructive feedback and are held accountable for their daily food consumption; and in art/culture sessions they develop creative expression, collaborate with each other and learn dedication to the project and their work.
Experiencing all of the aesthetics of the world class Great Russian Nutcracker takes the children to a new place in their minds, a place where imagination becomes real. And interacting with the dancers at the performance empowers their own sense of self esteem by association.
NEEDS ASSESSMENT~ The New Horizons program combats obstacles that hinder today’s children’s healthy physical and emotional development. In many situations children’s schools today have inadequate, if any, funding for the arts and lack of exposure to world class cultural events.
Recent studies suggest that children spend close to 25% of their waking hours, in front of an electronic screen and that 49% of all school age children are significantly overweight. Intolerance of others (90% of the students in grades 4-8 reported being bullied) and direct anti-social behavior is another aspect of an unhealthy lifestyle that New Horizons works to remedy.
TESTIMONY ~ “Thank you for all that you have done to make the Moscow Ballet event happen. Wow! Svetlana did a great job with the students. Parents have told me that it is all their children would talk about when they picked them up from school. I wish you could have seen the eyes of the children and could have heard the squeals and applause. Please know how much everyone in our school district appreciates this marvelous experience. Svetlana is definitely a superstar in the eyes of our students and staff.”
TESTIMONY ~Moscow Ballet host dance studio Dancing with Denise sponsored New Horizons in Rochester. Click to read more from the students in Rochester, NY 2014
-Eleanor Powers, Director Ellis Performing Arts Center, Latta Schools, Latta SC 2013
TESTIMONY ~ “Wanted to let you know that we had celebration for Lights on Afterschool and one of our children demonstrated one of the dances that he learned from Vladimir [Moscow Ballet New Horizons Director 2012]. He was so excited. He did an excellent job.”
-Karla Graziano, Pasco County FL, PLACE Child Care Program Coordinator 2012
New Horizons can be experienced as a Day or Week of Immersion and can be can be arranged for schools, after-care programs, clubs and other organizations.
Please contact: [email protected] or 800.320.1733 x21.