Increasing artistic opportunities and outlets for the
community, Ballethnic \bal-eth-nik\ 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. Through our programming we instill in children an interest in the culture of dance and offer them new outlets for expression and enjoyment.
Founded in 1990 by Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II, both former members of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic's goal is to inform, educate, and entertain through 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, BAD'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