Ballethnic Dance Company



Ballethnic Dance Company is a classically trained, culturally diverse ballet company  Founded in 1990 by dancers Nena Gilreath Lucas and Waverly Lucas — both former members of Dance Theater of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet — Ballethnic’s goal is to inform, educate and entertain through dance.

Atlanta’s first and only professional black ballet company, Ballethnic seeks to provide performance opportunities to those who, because of race and in spite of proper ballet training, are often overlooked in the majority of ballet companies.  In addition to producing ballet performances of artistic excellence, the company seeks to introduce children in minority neighborhoods to the art of dance, with the hope of providing alternative forms of entertainment and activity to at-risk youths.

The ambitious artistic and community-centered efforts at Ballethnic Dance Company have had a positive impact on thousands of Atlanta’s young people.  Through public performances of The Urban Nutcracker and The Leopard Tale, lecture-demonstrations with mini-performances in schools and youth educational programs, Ballethnic has been able to instill an interest in culture in children and offer them new outlets for expression and enjoyment.

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