Vision Statement

Saint Louis Ballet (SLB) is on an incredible journey to become one of the region’s preeminent institutions for the creation and presentation of classical and contemporary ballet. As part of this vision, we invest significant resources into educating both the next generation of dancers and future patrons of the arts through our ballet school and our introductory public performances. To further this reach, we were proud to announce our education initiative for the St. Louis community in the Fall of 2015: Pointe to Succeed—offered free of cost to participating schools—will promote the art of ballet with a 3-pronged approach, featuring: ballet education, audience development, and talent development.

CiCi Houston- Director of Education Outreach

Pointe to Succeed has officially launched!
After a successful semester at St. Louis the King School, we look ahead to expand to include more schools.
The program benefits the community in the following ways:
A Worthy Investment: SLB specifically looks to schools that have an underserved student population.
Most of STL the King’s students are on scholarship. Though they come from challenging situations, they
receive careful nurturing and counseling all the way into their college years, augmenting the investment
that we make in them.
Interactive Seminars: Students get to meet the professional dancers of Saint Louis Ballet, have a peek
into their daily lives through classroom demonstrations, and learn about the world of ballet.
Live Performance Experience: Students were provided with a bus and free tickets to attend Swan Lake
at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. They were given an introduction in theater etiquette and how to
follow the ballet. After the performance they enjoyed a backstage tour, giving them an up-close look at
set design, costumes, dancer’s stage makeup, special effects, and more.


After-School Classes: Objectives in these classes include the following:

  • Character building - Life skills such as etiquette, focus, and memorization skills are taught.
  • Exercise – Ballet training builds strength, flexibility, coordination, and stamina.
  • Language – Students learn ballet vocabulary both in French and the English translations
  • Arts integration – Ballet exercises are augmented with the introduction of pantomime (acting through facial expression and body language), ballet stories, and introduction of costume and set design through coloring pages.
  • Wellness – Students are given a “wellness tip of the day” to establish an idea of taking ownership over their well-being. Examples include sleep, drinking lots of water, and taking their studies seriously.
  • Role Models – “Dancer and YouTube clip of the Week” encourages them to follow exemplary dancers such as Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince, giving them heroes and role models. This experience is heightened by their interactions with the dancers of Saint Louis Ballet, which includes Q&A opportunities and backstage tours.