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    Thomas Armour Youth Ballet December 2014

    Over 400 students participated in TAYBs 8-week summer program across its five sites. Students took daily ballet and tap classes and conducted weekly enrichment projects from our World History Through Art & Culture Curriculum covering the period of 1950-present. Participants were able to showcase their improvement through end of summer neighborhood presentations. Feedback collected through parent/student surveys during these performances was very positive and quantified the value of our programming. The 2014-2015 school year has been one of our most successful yet in terms of recruitment! Three out of four outreach sites continue to be at capacity, with wait lists. Students are currently receiving ballet, tap and modern classes multiple times per week depending on their age and level. An overwhelming number of students graduated from the outreach programs after the summer program and are now receiving training at the South Miami site. THANK YOU for making this possible!

    1.Over 600 scholarship students benefitted from your donation this past year through our summer and school year programs.

    Donor Newsletter

    TAYB is now at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center! After 10 years at Homestead

    Housing Authority, TAYB

    relocated to South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center!

    Since our move, children

    from more areas have been

    able to access the program

    and students have been able

    to attend and partake in performances at the center.

    5 Amazing things donors made possible in 2014:

    Over 600 scholarship students from all corners of the County participated in TAYBs programming.


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    Growth of our Tap Team

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    Give Miami Day

    Sensory Friendly Nutcracker

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    Since its inception in 2011 under the leadership of TAYBs tap teacher, Natasha Williams, and with only 8 students

    from across TAYBs five sites, the Tap Team has become a

    sought after community performing group. Now

    comprised of 20 students, the tap team has performed in

    numerous community venues including a TEDex Talk and

    The Wynwood Arts Walk. These young tappers teach us

    that hard work, discipline and focus pays off. They meet

    every Sunday in addition to their regular classes to

    practice technique, choreography, music theory and

    improvisation. We cannot wait to see what they will do

    this year! For updates on our tap team please follow us on

    Facebook or Instagram!

    3. The Incredible Growth of TAYBs Tap Team.

    2. Thanks to your support, 18 TAYB students traveled, last summer to NYC, to attend some of the most prestigious dance intensives in the US.

    Two TAYB pieces received recognition:

    The Tap Team was a finalist. Students, Monica Delgado and Annie

    Wright won first place.

    Students were not only able to experience the real dance world first hand, but they also gained skills that helped them grow as individuals. Every one of them came back with unique experiences to share and lessons learned.

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    TAYB wins at this years Young Talents Big Dreams!

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    10 TAYB students received acceptance into Magnet Schools this year. Including:

    New World School of the Arts.

    Coral Reef Senior High School.

    Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts.

    Miami Arts Charter School. South Miami Middle School.

    + 4. Sensory Friendly Nutcracker In collaboration with New World School of the Arts and guidance from the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and its All Kids Included Program (AKI), TAYB presented a Sensory Friendly performance of the Nutcracker Ballet for families of children within the autism spectrum. Adjustments were made before, during and after this performance to ensure the comfort of the children and the families who are, in many cases, unable to attend a traditional performance.

    Through this effort and your support, TAYB has become a leader in the local arts community, making the arts accessible to all children.

    Thomas Armour Youth Ballet December 2014

    Miami Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava visited our South Dade program earlier this year!

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    - sodales. El Nuevo Herald featured TAYBs production of the Nutcracker Ballet. To read more go to:

    Springboard for the Arts featured TAYBs programming in their national platform for Story telling and resource sharing, Creative Exchange. To read more go to:

    TAYB was recently featured in:

    Coming up at TAYB

    1. Tap Team Holiday Show When: Sunday, December 21 at 6pm Where: TAYBs South Miami Site

    2. TAYBs 2015 Spring Concert for Friends and

    Family Who: Intermediate and Advanced students from TAYBs five sites When: Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12 Where: New World School of the Arts

    3. Registrations for 2015 Summer programs

    will begin in April, 2015.

    4. End of year presentations will take place at the End of May at all five sites.

    Thomas Armour Youth Ballet December 2014

    To stay up to date on all our upcoming events and news follow us:


    5. Give Miami Day Thanks to YOU, TAYB raised a total of $35,269.60 in just 24 hours to continue using dance as a vehicle to success for the children of Miami Dade County. We are beyond grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity!