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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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