In the Community
Off the stage and beyond the School, MCB serves the community through educational and outreach programs that promote creativity and fitness, and build appreciation for the arts.
To learn more about how we work to make dance accessible to everyone, please select one of the following:
DanceReach with the Boys and Girls Club
At-risk youth study for free with an MCB dancer once a week during the school year through DanceReach, our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia.
These youth have an opportunity to learn different types of dance, build their skills and fitness, and expand their horizons. The culmination of their hard work is the chance to perform on stage for a live audience at MCB events.
Scholarships for Youth In Need
The School of MCB offers scholarships to aspiring kids who want to study dance but whose families can not afford the tuition. Each year, scholarship funds are awarded to local youth in need, ages 6 to 17, to provide them with the opportunity to study at our school.
Summer Program for At-Risk Youth
MCB provides free dance instruction to at-risk youth through Summer Expeditions. This Columbia Public Schools’ initiative offers high potential, vulnerable students opportunities to expand their knowledge & experience. Fifteen students, not served by other support services, participate in activities where they think analytically and critically. During their time at MCB, we offer the students ballet and modern dance classes.
Select students who demonstrate an interest and talent are chosen to receive a year-long scholarship to the School of MCB to further their dance training.
Dance Classes for People with Special Needs
Special needs children and adults learn and explore the world of dance through MCB’s Danceability initiative. This first-of-its kind program in the area was designed by physical therapists in collaboration with MCB dancers – who lead the classes together – to meet the students’ unique needs and abilities.
Danceability provides a safe and supportive learning environment where people with special needs can grow and develop their skills. Learn more.
Performance Tickets for Non-Profit Agencies
Local non-profit agencies receive tickets from MCB to share free-of-charge with underserved members of our community. We donate an average of $2,000 in tickets per performance to groups that serve the disabled, at-risk youth, & low-income families.
Educational Demonstrations at Schools & Senior Living Homes
Through educational demonstrations, we focus on reaching two important groups:
Children. MCB is school touring qualified by the Missouri Arts Council & we perform frequently at local schools. Beyond engaging students in discussions about dance with members of the Company, our study guide links ballet & the arts to topics such as math, history, & science.
The Elderly. At senior living homes throughout the area, MCB dancers perform & provide an interactive experience by teaching audience members dance positions & steps. Following the demonstration, they spend time visiting with the seniors, answering questions & offering insight into the life of a professional dancer.
Participation in Community Events
MCB partners with local organizations to perform at community events. Learn more.
Open Rehearsals at the Studio
Several times a year, MCB invites the public into its black box performing studio to view open rehearsals. This intimate experience gives community members the opportunity to see the dancers up close in action. It also cultivates a sense of personal connection between community members and the dancers as they have a chance to meet and spend time visiting.
Please contact us for more information about any of these programs, or if you or your organization would like to partner with MCB.