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Chocolate Ballerina Company, a contemporary community-based dance organization that supports the hidden talents in youth and adult artists of color in the Philadelphia region, is pleased to announce the return of their popular IMPACT program, which provides free dance classes and free dance leotards for performers 8-16 years in age. The program runs 6pm to 7:30pm every Friday from January 28 through June 3, at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center, located at 1100 East Chelten Avenue in Philadelphia.
“Our IMPACT program has become one of the signature Chocolate Ballerina Company initiatives,” notes Artistic Director Chanel Holland. “Our vision is to provide urban areas stripped of the opportunity to receive professional training and exposure to cross-studied dance forms, celebrate Black culture, and allow the community to witness the unknown. By bringing these types of opportunities to our youth, Chocolate Ballerina Company hopes to provide students with a new found sense of confidence and inspiration that they can do anything that they put their hearts and minds to.”
The Chocolate Ballerina Company, which recently received extensive media acclaim for Philadelphia’s first ever all-Black production of The Nutcracker, offers free dance classes, outreach programs, pop-up performances, masterclasses, and more, both digitally and in-person. During the IMPACT program, participants will spend their time learning a mixture of all level ballet, pointe, acrobatics, and contemporary form, while building confidence, skill, and friendships. There is a one-time registration fee of $40, and interested participants can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Chocolate Ballerina Company illustrates the struggles and successes of African-American culture through dance. Founded in 2017 by Artistic Director Chanel Holland, Chocolate Ballerina Company engages underserved communities through dance, to inspire and instill a sense of hope, discipline, and confidence through training and through professional development. The company offers free dance classes, outreach programs, pop-up performances, masterclasses, and more, both digitally and in-person. In 2021, the company presented the Philadelphia region’s first all-Black production of The Nutcracker to wide media and audience acclaim.
Chanel Holland created Chocolate Ballerina Company due to the lack of ballet culture in urban communities and performance opportunities for black artists. At the age of 16, Chanel was accepted into The Alvin Ailey School, a world-class training program for aspiring dancers. She studied at Koresh, The University of the Arts, National Dance Institute NYC, and Wissahickon Dance Academy. Determined to put her knowledge to use, Chanel’s experience includes becoming a Complexions’ Apprentice, member of the Philadelphia Dance Company II, NAACP-ACT-So’s 2011 Gold Medalist, 2010 Choreographer of the Year, and a member of the Sixers Junior Dance Team. Through her time in the dance community, Chanel engaged in the opportunity to be an active background dancer for various local and international artists. She is a graduate of Temple University and a lead teaching artist for BalletX’s in-school dance education program, Dance eXchange.
For more information on Chocolate Ballerina Company’s programs, visit www.chocolateballerinacompany.com.