What is the BE BOLD Program of the Misty Copeland Foundation?

BE BOLD is a new approach to afterschool education.  The title translates into its dual purposes:  Ballet Explorations.  Ballet Offers Leadership Development.  The BE BOLD model features five linked components:  Introductory Ballet, Health & Wellness, Music for Ballet, Mentoring, and Tutoring.  BE BOLD will serve girls and boys, ages 8-10, in classes of 18-20 students.

How is BE BOLD different from other afterschool ballet programs?

BE BOLD is designed to make introductory ballet accessible, affordable, and fun.  BE BOLD also places introductory ballet within the context of a comprehensive child development model.  This innovative afterschool program model was created in consultation with diverse leaders from ballet, dance education, DEI training, and child development.

Where will the BE BOLD Program be held?

BE BOLD will be offered in local Boys & Girls Clubs and similar community-based, child-serving sites.  BE BOLD will be hosted by community partners that can provide a safe and welcoming physical setting; easy access to mentoring and tutoring; and program administration.  Sites will be selected upon application review and will initially be in the NYC area.

When will the BE BOLD Program be held?

BE BOLD will be offered as a twice-weekly afterschool program over twelve weeks during the school year.  The entire BE BOLD program sequence is designed as a twenty-four-week, two-semester course.  A summer BE BOLD program can also be completed during twelve weeks, or through a briefer, more intensive approach.

What are the requirements for a selected BE BOLD community-based site?

The BE BOLD community sites will be expected to provide the suitable studio space, a designated program leader/liaison, a registration coordinator, mentoring and tutoring, and other specific BE BOLD program requirements identified during the site application, e.g., presence of a suitable piano or keyboard.  

What support will the Misty Copeland Foundation provide for the BE BOLD program?

The Misty Copeland Foundation (MCF) will recruit, train, and place the BE BOLD teaching artists. The MCF will support the BE BOLD teaching artists with a program coach and engage an evaluator to track program performance.  The MCF will also provide BE BOLD attire, gear/equipment, and other items, such as books, for the participating students.   

Who will serve as the BE BOLD instructors?

BE BOLD teaching artists will be nominated and selected through an application process.  They will complete a weeklong training through a customized partnership with the NDI Collaborative for Teaching & Learning, the professional development program of the acclaimed National Dance Institute.