Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, nonprofit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities.
The company was founded in February 2002 by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson. The first of its kind in Brooklyn in more than 40 years, Brooklyn Ballet brings a contemporary vision to the treasured art form of ballet, with repertory and programs that revitalize and re-imagine the classical form.
Brooklyn Ballet presents an annual performance season in Brooklyn and serves the community through educational outreach projects—specifically, Take Ballet to the Streets, an outdoor performance series, Elevate and Brooklyn Ballet in the Houses, in-school dance residencies—as well as through its professional dance school located in Downtown Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Ballet produced two highly successful seasons at Fort Greene's Kumble Theater and in October 2006 the company performed in four cities in Mexico by invitation of the Cultural Consulate of Chiapas. The company unveiled the new multi-use performance venue in The Schermerhorn with its First Look series in May 2010 and debuted "From Baroque to Hip Hop" in March 2011.
Through education and community programs, Brooklyn Ballet creates opportunities for new audiences to experience an aspect of culture to which they may otherwise never have had access.