Pointe Shoe Project

Silent Auction – December 17th-19th, 2020

cyb pointe shoe project

Charlotte Youth Ballet has been dedicated to providing community outreach since its inception almost 40 years ago. Our community outreach includes the unique and wonderful Lasting Impressions program. Lasting Impressions offers free, year-round ballet classes to under-resourced children in the Charlotte community. This program offers young aspiring dancers the opportunity to slip on ballet shoes and step into the world of the performing arts, learning the art of storytelling through dance. Here dancers learn the language and technique of classical ballet and are exposed, often for the first time, to classical music. Receiving their first pair of ballet slippers is an unforgettable moment for most of the students. CYB does not stop there though, through this program we not only provide the dancers with their shoes, we also provide leotards, tights and costumes as well as any necessary equipment and of course the expertise of our fabulous ballet instructors. The Lasting Impressions dancers attend CYB’s professional productions and receive a backstage look through our “Behind the Curtain” events where they can meet professional dancers. Finally, they get the chance to step into the spotlight and dance a Holiday and Spring showcase for their friends and families.

In order to make this outstanding program possible, CYB created the Pointe Shoe Project. This project collaborates with artists, professional and amateur, to decorate/paint/create works of art with old and/or used pointe shoes. These works of art are then sold and auctioned during our performances with proceeds going to benefit CYB outreach programs. This year, due to COVID-19, CYB will be holding an online silent auction for our Pointe Shoe Project.

Contributing artists will receive recognition in our Nutcracker program – available to audiences at each performance and professional artists will receive dedicated space on our webpage and social media to direct patrons and interested parties to their other works of art.

Artists will be provided with as many pointe shoes as they request and creativity is encouraged!
Idea starters for decorated pointe shoes can be also be found on Pinterest.

For more information about Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Outreach Programs and how you can help keep Charlotte students on the dance floor and Preserve The Legacy of CYB keep exploring our site!