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The mission of Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet (SMB) is to educate the community in the art of classical ballet in a variety of venues, to enhance the cultural life of the community by presenting full-length ballets, and to provide opportunities for all interested and qualified dancers to showcase their talents in staged productions and lecture/demonstrations.

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Legal Name: Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet
Service Sector: Arts & Culture
Address: P.O. Box 7745
Shreveport, LA 71137
SMB was founded in 1973 as Ballet Lyrique by a group of citizens who wanted to give local dancers a performing outlet and to bring classical ballet into the Shreveport-Bossier City Community. The Ballet has been operating continuously since that time, making it one of the oldest continuously-operating arts organizations in Shreveport-Bossier City.

Our season begins each year with Fall for Dance!, an outreach performance usually given in conjunction with other local dance groups. Hundreds of people come to share an evening of dance. SMB annually presents two full-length classical ballets, including the holiday favorite The Nutcracker and a performance each spring of ballets from the classical repertoire. In 2012, SMB also added an additional spring performance featuring the new Senior Apprentice Company (SAC). As part of this performance, SMB piloted a collaborative program with the Volunteers of America's LightHouse program called "A Chance to Dance." "Chance to Dance" participants receive free ballet instruction and perform each spring alongside SMB dancers each March.

SMB shares our major productions with local school children through free performances, reaching more than 8,000 students every year. The Company also does lecture demonstrations and performances in schools, nursing homes, pediatric wards, community centers, and public libraries and takes part in community performances such as the Red River Revel.

Dancers from ages ten to adult are chosen each spring by open auditions to become members of the Junior, Senior Apprentice, and Senior companies of the Ballet. SMB has provided these dancers with the necessary training and experience to go on to dance with companies in other cities and to study dance at the university level. Dancers gain valuable experience by being able to dance alongside professional guest artists brought in each year for the performances. Guest artists have come from such ballets as the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, and San Francisco Ballet

SMB has continued to grow since its founding in 1973 thanks to the support of the community and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross-section of the community. SMB is supported by private and corporate donations, memberships, fundraisers, and grants, which enable SMB to present professional quality performances each year.