Welcome to Ballethnic’s Official Website!

Founded January 15, 1990 by husband and wife Waverly T. Lucas and Nena Y. Gilreath.

Ballethnic Dance Company Inc. (pronounced \bal-eth-nik\) creates access for dancers who in spite of proper training are overlooked. Elite training taught in the tradition of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballethnic creates and produces original Ballets relevant to it’s community. Increasing artistic opportunities and outlets for the community, Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc. is enhancing cultural diversity.

The organization is comprised of two components, Ballethnic Dance Company and Ballethnic Academy of Dance. The Company is a classically trained, culturally diverse performing company, while the Academy provides professional training for children and adults. It is our mission to involve the community, especially youth and those who are financially disadvantaged, in an appreciation of our unique art form.

Our mission

The mission of Ballethnic is to inform, educate and entertain through dance, using dance as a vehicle to impact the community by offering programs that act as a catalyst for social change.

Academy of Dance

  • Programs – Nine months of Technical Training
  • Summer Dance Diversity Intensive
  • Ballethnic Youth Ensemble
  • Danseur Development Project
  • Major production opportunities such as Urban Nutcracker & The Leopard Tale

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Dance Company

  • Board of Directors
  • Inner Circle
  • Supporters
  • Volunteer Form
  • Booking Request Form
  • Company Touring Info

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Community

  • Educational performances with Local Schools
  • Partnerships with Senior Centers
  • Community Performances
  • Community Garden

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Academy of Dance

Ballethnic Academy of Dance is the official school of Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc.

Providing a unique education through the art and discipline of dance, training is provided through a variety of dance techniques including Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Pas De Deux, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, African, and Ballethnicize (an original style of dance developed by Co-Founder Waverly Lucas).

As a family oriented school, Ballethnic Academy of Dance’s educational approach stresses disciplined lives, sound bodies, and focused minds for both children and adults. Students keep journals to enhance their craft and concentrate on learning dance terminology as part of their training through reading, writing, and spelling skills. In addition to instruction, the Academy focuses on the full development of each student.

Instructors

Nena Gilreath

Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director

Waverly T. Lucas, II

Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director

Adam L. McKnight

Associate Artistic Director / Vocal Coach

Savery Morgan

Associate Artistic Director & Ballethnic Academy of Dance Artistic Director

Lydia Abarca Mitchell

Ballet, Pointe & Rehearsal Coach

Theresa Freeman-Howard

African, Afroyoga & Jazz

Karla Tyson

Ballet & Pointe

Imani Nailah Christopher

Kiddie Ballethnicize & Beginning Tap

Deneen Graham-Kerns

Ballet, Pointe, Tap & Theatre Dance

Brandon Avery

Modern & Jazz

Charity Broussard

Ballet & Modern

Candace Clarke

Pre-Ballet

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The Company

The Ballethnic Dance Company

The Ballethnic Dance Company is a classically trained, culturally diverse performing company, while the Academy of Dance provides professional training for children and adults. It is our mission to involve the community, especially youth and those who are financially disadvantaged, in an appreciation of our unique art form. Through our programming we instill in children an interest in the culture of dance and offer them new outlets for expression and enjoyment.

Ballethnic has also separated itself from other professional companies by creating and producing original productions, all which give local dancers and students of diverse backgrounds to participate.

Ballethnic’s Original Ballets

Ballethnic creates and produces original Ballets relevant to it’s community. Click on the images below to find out more!

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Flyin’ West – The Ballet

The Leopard Tale

Jazzy Sleeping Beauty

Soul Survivors

Urban Nutcracker

Visage D’Afrique

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Management Team

Nena Gilreath

Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director

Waverly T. Lucas, II

Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director

Adam L. McKnight

Associate Artistic Director / Vocal Coach

Savery Morgan

Associate Artistic Director & Ballethnic Academy of Dance Artistic Director

Lisa Christopher

Interim Academy Administrator

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Our Sponsors

  • Ballethnic, for me was not just the place I go to dance.  It became my life.  It was my friends and family, my security, my artistic expression, and my voice.  It was also the place where my father died, so it holds a very dear place in my heart. My second moms and second dads rushed to help in any way possible.  I learned at that moment, that Ballethnic was going to be in my life for the rest of my life.

    A. Laila Howard
  • They stress the importance of paying it forward through family, youth services, and education. I can not begin to thank Ballethnic Dance Company Inc. enough for their continued guidance cherishing all they have instilled in me. They taught me the importance of striving to be a better "me" than the day before each day.  -  Royce Zackery  - Asst.Professor, Head Coordinator Howard University Dance Arts College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theatre Arts  

    Royce Zackery
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