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Ballet Tech began in 1974 when world-renowned choreographer Eliot Feld founded a professional dance company, then known as the Eliot Feld Ballet. In 1978, Mr. Feld created a tuition-free ballet school for New York City public school children. To date, the Ballet Tech School has auditioned 744,201 children and enrolled 18,922 students.

Ballet Tech is dedicated to seeking out talented New York City public school students and provides a continuum of training from introductory through professional level training. Throughout the children's instruction, dance classes, shoes and leotards are provided free of charge. During the first year of training, transportation is provided while students attend ballet classes on a school-time release program. Students who show the talent and passion required to study classical ballet are invited to attend The New York City Public School for Dance (NYCPSD) - a cooperative, tuition-free venture between the NYC Department of Education and Ballet Tech. The School offers a rigorous academic curriculum paired with intensive dance training for students in grades 4 through 8.

Ballet Tech's professional dance company was forced to disband in 2003 due to economic pressure. Despite this temporary set-back, Ballet Tech continues to produce ballets choreographed by Eliot Feld. In the fall of 2004, Ballet Tech presented MANDANCE PROJECT - a three-week season featuring six laureate dancers, who premiered 12 new works. Going forward, Ballet Tech will present a season in New York City every 12-18 months. This new strategy allows Ballet Tech to continue to create new ballets and share them with the public, even if on an abbreviated scale. This strategy also gives Kids Dance, Ballet Tech's pre-professional ballet company comprised of Ballet Tech students, the fundamental opportunity to perform and connect with the professional dance world.

Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech is a recognized innovator in the ways it has brought together the often-antagonistic bedfellows of New York real estate and the performing arts. Ballet Tech Foundation conceived and directed the renovation of The Joyce Theater. And in partnership with American Ballet Theatre it saved from commercial development the building now known as The Lawrence A. Wien Center for Dance and Theater - New York's primary rehearsal complex for the performing arts. Ballet Tech Foundation's ability to conceive and carry out extraordinary projects such as these attests to its understanding of the need to create an infrastructure to support its more poetic enterprises.