José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s YouthWorks is a unique performing group of talented students, selected by audition, that presents public performances. Instituted in 1994, the goal of YouthWorks is to bring ballet to diverse, under-served audiences and provide pre-professional students with extensive performance experience. Comprised of students ages 14 to 18 from JMBT’s Young Dancers Program, this talented ensemble travels to communities and venues, which traditionally are without access to ballet performances.
YouthWorks is the only program of its kind in New England. This performing group presents original works created by critically acclaimed choreographer José Mateo. All of Mateo’s works are performed en pointe, requiring a high degree of technical proficiency on the part of the performers.
José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer’s program students are also given multiple performance opportunities both within and in addition to the program structure.
The Nutcracker – Students ages 6 and up are invited to audition for JMBT’s annual production of The Nutcracker which gives them the opportunity to perform with the repertory company.
Year-end Demonstration – Levels I through VI participate in a formal, choreographed demonstration of classwork on the first Saturday in June. These demonstrations take place in the beautiful Sanctuary Theatre and are accompanied with live piano music.
Young Dancers Repertory Concert – Levels III through VI audition to participate in a performance choreographed especially for them by Mr. José Mateo. The concert is performed in May.