Welcome to the Buffalo Inner City Ballet website.
The Buffalo Inner City Ballet company was established in 1972 primarily as a
recreational alternative for inner-city youth, especially African-American
males, to steer them away from street gang activities prevalent at the time.
Since then, the program has grown dramatically in size and scope to house
several programs. The performing company company, Buffalo City Ballet, was
established in 1989 by Executive Director Marvin Askew as a means to showcase
the talents of local artists, especially those of color. The philosophy has
always been to focus particular attention on providing cultural enrichment to
children of color. B.I.C.B. offers a variety of dance education, personal
development, and sustaining positive family relationships. The philosophy has
been carried into the artistic mission of the performing company. Since the
company's Rockwell Hall debut in 1989, the ensemble has showcased the talents of
several emerging artists of Caribbean, Latin, African-American
and Asian decent in a series of public performances. The company's style remains
rooted in classical ballet, but new works also highlight the ethnic diversity of
the company and the range of dance styles the company is capable of presenting.
The commitment to versatility reflects the desire to create mainstream appeal
for audience building while providing creative outlets for area professionals.
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