building Identity in youth

The Mission of The First Guild (TFG) is to use the system of classical ballet to build strong Identity in youth and make this system available to schools.

Classical ballet training naturally stimulates integration of qualities (such as focus, order, balance, strength, flow, presence, etc…) necessary for youths to discover, express and share their unique beauty with the world.

Currently TFG is working in collaboration with the highly-regarded professionals to create the first year curriculum, which we call Ballet & Identity© (B&I). Our goal for 2021 is to start the B&I program with a participating school..

See our revealing interview with Jessy Jean Bart on finding your Identity

Ballet & Identity TALK SERIES 2020

The Power of a Ballet Education:

Acclaimed writer and ballet historian Elizabeth Kaye talks to one the last three dancers chosen by George Balanchine for his company New York City Ballet, about discovering our Identity through the powerful instrument of classical ballet.

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“To me, ballet is just the most wonderful thing in the world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or not, but just studying it, studying a formal classical art is like the best gift any parent can give their child.”

Sheila Rozann, Ballet Teacher

Sheila was recognized for her excellence in teaching by George Balanchine.

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