ART TO HEAL THE WORLD!
Created by Director Joseph Alexander, TheEdwardMorganBallet Outreach Programs are dedicated to working with children and adults of all ages in underserved communities. Our goal is to fortify emotional, physical, psychosocial, and artistic growth and development, through workshops and performances.
With our Youth Outreach Programs, we are committed to helping each program participant come into confident possession of their innate talent, establish values that will allow them to grow into responsible adults, and act with compassion and humanity. With our Intergenerational Work we bring together the experienced to lead the young, each to inspire.
Mr. Morgan has always held a strong commitment and priority for sharing dance with people of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging and allowing each dancer to express their individuality while learning to become part of an ensemble.
Outreach performances have included Hostos College, Lehman College, and Hunter College, Jacob Javits Center, Columbia University, Bronx Museum, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Harlem Tutorial Program, The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, and Florence Gould Hall. The children were featured on television in a special dance presentation in the NYC Village Halloween Parade, and New York 1’s New Yorker Of The Week. Students were selected from NYC to travel to San Antonio, Texas, to perform at The Carver Cultural Community Center, produced by Joseph Alexander. The program has also been extended internationally to children in Charleroi, Belgium, and at the Centre Social et Culturel des Fossés-Jean, in Colombes, France. (see videos)
Past & Present Affiliations:
P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin School
C.E.S. 90 George Meany School
Goddard Riverside Community Center
The Mercy Center
PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez School
Family Preservation Center
Church of the Holy Apostles
Citizens Advice Bureau
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Instruction to all students is provided free of charge so that family income does not determine opportunity. If you care to support this endeavor, you may click below on the PayPal link or send a tax-deductible contribution the the address below, made out to “TheEdwardMorganBallet” and write “Outreach Program” on the description line.
Ballet And Theater For The Homeless
Ballet For The Homeless is an original ballet and theatre piece inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students in TheEdwardMorganBallet Outreach Program. She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said this to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan who responded by saying the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So, I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, but I turned around and said, “‘DON’T BE LATE!’” And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move into the shelter early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal and her excitement and enthusiasm for the program blew Mr. Alexander away.
Ballet For The Homeless brought together people from all walks of life. Performers included ballet dancers, musicians, actors and singers (see video/archives page). They communed together 3 years in a row through the arts to raise consciousness about the homeless epidemic in New York City.
This intergenerational work (to include performers ages 12-99) is created to uplift, educate, and inspire the audience. This artistic piece is performed in the round with the audience in and a part of the performers’ journeys. TheEdwardMorganBallet uses theatre and dance to touch audience members to the very depths of their soul. Imagine if just for a moment, the audience could see what it is like to be homeless – spending their life on the street, perhaps we can create a culture of compassion.