Pensacola Youth Ballet, under the artistic direction of Michael Wardlaw, has been established to provide a premiere training ground for young dancers wishing to pursue a professional career in classical ballet. Pensacola Youth Ballet is the official ballet company of LaBelle Performing Arts and is located within its beautiful 10,000 square foot facility at 8253 Chellie Road. The Pensacola Youth Ballet invites children ages 8 -18 to participate in several performance opportunities throughout the year. PYB's annual ballet benefit performance raises money for other local non-profit organizations providing services to children in our area. In previous years, the benefit performances have partnered with the Snoezelen Foundation of Escambia Westgate School, Favorhouse of Northwest Florida, The H.O.P.E Foundation and LaBelle Performing Arts of Pensacola raising over $26,000.00 in support of their missions. In addition, we have been able to create tuition scholarships through the efforts of this program and have awarded $6,000.00 in summer study scholarships to our Pensacola Youth Ballet members over the last five years. Our students have been accepted to professional programs such as Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and received jobs with Disney, Universal, Marshal Ellis Dance Co, Drip, Dance League, Princess Cruise Lines and others.
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