mission & vision
West Michigan Youth Ballet (WMYB), founded in 2007 in Ada, Michigan, is committed to developing young people in their pursuit and passion for artistic expression through dance.
Company members ranging in age from 8 to 18, with varied backgrounds and experience across the full spectrum of dance come together for weekly rehearsals. Their common goal is the desire to be part of a performing company built on a solid foundation of classical ballet.
Experiencing the entire process of bringing a ballet to production from auditions and casting to initial choreography and staging, through rehearsal is at the core of WMYB. Our winter seasonal offering is The Nutcracker with traditional choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s original score. The spring production ranges in time-honored masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppelia. Our young artists shine in their performances gaining athletic and artistic skills as well as collaborative and memorable experiences. Personal growth, both as individuals and as part of a whole is evident in every dancer.
To provide an opportunity for young people to work under the direction of professional choreographer, as they prepare and present full-length ballets to the public.
To enhance the skills that these dancers receive through the study of ballet at their respective academies, as they experience the full preparation of a ballet performance, from inception to the stage performance.
To encourage young people to consider a career in dance and assist them in moving toward this goal, either in a professional dance capacity or by studying dance at a university level.