New School of Dance & Arts is dedicated to the study of classical ballet, its related dance forms, and classical music appreciation for children in a nurturing and supportive environment. The New School of Dance & Arts helps young students gain confidence with their bodies, self discipline, the ability to work in group settings, responsibility, and the desire to reach their personal best
While not every student will become a professional artist, the instruction they receive prepares them for life. New School of Dance & Arts strive for excellence in providing educational, performance, and cultural training opportunities for young dancers to enable them to pursue professional careers in dance
At New School of Dance & Arts, it is our philosophy that every child deserves a chance to dance. We know that early exposure to the arts, when used in conjunction with formal academic education, enhances and enriches students’ ability to develop self-confidence and poise. Exposure to the arts has been shown to help students become better problem solvers, gain physical awareness, and develop a way to express their inner feelings.
Some dancers take lessons for the cultural exposure to enhance their growth and development, and some dancers take lessons with a career goal in mind. Recent graduates from our school have gone on to receive scholarships to attend the University of Virginia (UVA), Jacksonville University (Florida), University of the Arts, Yale University, Spelman College, and Fordham University, and professional schools such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Former students of the founder of the school Lynn B. Welters, have danced professionally with Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, the Atlanta Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet and the Radio City Rockettes. They have appeared in The Lion King, Equus, Ragtime and The Color Purple, and in the films, Dream Girls, Step Up, Center Stage, the Celine Dion Stage Show and Hairspray, to name a few.
Ballet Elite is a DC-based performing arts education nonprofit centered on underserved children that transcends barriers in accessing the finest classical ballet training to inspire, enrich, and nurture bodies and minds. We accept students regardless of their ability and help them master self-discipline, confidence, and character, to prepare them to succeed in college, in their communities, and in their future career.
The origins of Ballet Elite began in 1990, when Ms. Lynn Welters, our founder, created a volunteer-led program called Talent Assessed Dance Program of Leaders and Education (TADPOLE). TADPOLE’s mission was to offer dance classes to youth in preparation for entrance into Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After retiring from District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Ms. Welters created an offshoot of TADPOLE called New School of Dance and Arts, which operated with the same mission in mind. However, as the program developed and began to see some degree of success, we began to offer more scholarships and support to families in need, which was the catalyst to creating a nonprofit corporation called Ballet Elite. Ballet Elite’s purpose is to continue the mission of the TADPOLE program by serving more families in need.
Ballet Elite operates under our Four Pillar model. These Four Pillars are Dance Technique, Mentorship, Outreach, and Community Engagement.
Advisory Council member/ guest Choreographer/Instructor