Collins: Ballet Lubbock’s Association Will Boost LEPAA

From: AJ-Media
By: Tim Collins
Originally Published: November 14, 2015 – 4:52pm

Imagine a place in downtown Lubbock bustling with students of all ages. Some are under the bright lights on stage rehearsing scenes from a one-act play. Down the hall you hear a cacophony of strings as the student orchestra tunes before a show. While others are in a classroom setting gleaning knowledge and insights from a world-class ballet instructor.

This place you’re imagining now, this place that so many are dreaming of, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Ballet Lubbock recently announced collaboration with Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association and Lubbock Independent School District in the world-class Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences.

Upon its completion, Ballet Lubbock will be a cornerstone resident in the campus, operating the 22,000 square-foot dance center located in the northeast wing.

LEPAA and Ballet Lubbock are in continual collaboration on design and details of the dance center, which will contain the entire operation of Ballet Lubbock, including six dance studios, parent and community space, production areas and administrative offices.

Since 1969, Ballet Lubbock has been an integral component in Lubbock’s cultural fabric. Currently, Ballet Lubbock boasts more than 300 students and averages more than 120 families visiting its studio five days a week.

A relocation of the school to The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences will not only breathe life into downtown with the families and students it serves, but it will allow Ballet Lubbock to be more centrally located and convenient for the entire community, including Ballet Lubbock’s outreach partnership with local community centers, Guadalupe-Parkway Neighborhood Centers and Communities in Schools to bring performing arts to students in underserved elementary schools in the Lubbock, Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship independent school districts.

In addition to Ballet Lubbock, LISD represents another anchor for the campus. The more than 80 percent of LISD students active in fine arts programs will have a chance to shine in the spotlight in many different fine arts activities at The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, including competing in UIL competitions and participating in one-act plays in the LISD-designated, 425-seat theater.

The synergy created between these three organizations will prove to be, in no uncertain terms, a game-changer for the cultural fabric of West Texas.

Both Yvonne Racz Key and Nicholas Dragga of Ballet Lubbock will tell you The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences will create new modes of education, arts consumption, and community gathering that brings together students, first-rate educators, renowned performers and audience members.

Simply put, through these partnerships, Lubbock will discover an exciting and profound evolution of the arts.

Fine arts have the power to unite different cultural backgrounds, whether it be through unique performance, sharing traditions, and bringing a diverse community together in celebration of one thing — the arts.

Help us in this worthy endeavor and join us as we invest in building, inspiring, and transforming our community. Help us to change lives. Visit balletlubbock.org and lepaa.org for further information or to make a contribution. Donations of all sizes are gratefully accepted and sincerely appreciated.

Tim Collins is chairman of the board of directors of Lubbock Entertainment & Performing Arts Association.