A Contemporary Ballet



I said to my children, “I’m going to work and do everything I can do to see that you get a good education. I don’t ever want you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don’t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.”   - Martin Luther King, 1968

The Nutcracker NYC Gives Back is the new outreach program created and implemented by The Nutcracker NYC. The program's interest is in raising awareness and contributes to policies that address the educational disadvantages and inequalities in the United States; it is based on a strong belief of the positive impact of dance in communities and the indispensable need of high-quality education for all.

The Nutcracker NYC Gives Back has joined forces with Groove with Me (www.groovewithme.org) in East Harlem and will offer free weekly dance classes to girls in the community who don't have access to arts programs. The Artists of the Nutcracker NYC, on a rotating base, will teach a group of 7/9 years old girls a plethora of technique classes (ballet, modern, improv, yoga, gyrokinesis, etc.) followed by a lecture section in which each artist will share their experiences on the stage and in the world.

The program also is looking to sponsor one public school in a vulnerable neighborhood in NYC and provide its students: teachers, administrators, families and community with logistical, financial and emotional support.  To volunteer or nominate a public school in need please contact Giada Ferrone at gferrone74@gmail.com

To donate to the efforts of The Nutcracker NYC Gives Back please visit our Sponsored Artist page at www.thefield.org

A look at educational discrimination in the U.S.*

Educational discrimination in the United States is the product of discriminative practices, laws and policies that over time have dismissed the needs of marginalized minorities and low income populations. Generally, the country's structural inequalities generate different outcomes based on class, race, gender, immigration status, etc. On the educational front race, socio-economic status and culture have the deepest impacts. But the more intangible aspect of schools' success is a student's own perception of how and if his teachers, family and society want them to succeed. Because our public school system is inextricably linked with the funding resources of the districts it serves, financial allocations deeply affects its services. Those who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods receive disadvantaged education and opportunities and are left behind for a lifetime. Unequal allocation of school resources is made politically easier by the increasing re-segregation of schools. Inequalities in education are deeply linked with the country's levels of concentrated poverty, the lack of social support for their well-being and fewer resources for them at school. According to a new report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, on the well-being of children on 35 developed countries, "more than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.” United States also scored second to last on the measurement of "child poverty gap", which measures "how far the average poor child falls below the relative poverty line."

More converging discriminating elements are both the inadequate allocation of high quality teachers to the most affluent communities and the rationing of high quality curricula through tracking and inter school disparities.