Flint Youth Ballet was founded in 1987 to provide
qualitative and selective performing and training opportunities to serious
and advanced dancers from the Mid-Michigan area. Dancers from 12-18 years of age audition each winter and under the artistic direction of Karen Mills Jennings, prepare a repertory of classical
and contemporary works.
The Flint Youth Ballet is the most advanced of three dance ensemble
at the Flint School of Performing Arts. The ensemble participates
in the Flint Institute of Musicıs production of The Nutcracker with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and guest artists from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In addition to the Dance Division, the Flint School of Performing Arts
is comprised of a music division and a pre-school division and
has a combined enrollment of more then 3,000 students.
Flint Youth Ballet has 27 members which includes the Apprentice Company
formed in 1994. Dancers come from five different counties,
often commuting more than an hour to study and rehearse at the Flint School of Performing Arts. Flint Youth Ballet alumni have danced with Ballet Michigan, Cleveland Ballet, Dayton
Ballet, Demetrius Klein and Dancers, Dallas/Fort Worth Ballet, Oakland Ballet and the Repertory Project of Cleveland.
The Flint School of Performing Arts is located in the Flint Cultural Center Campus.