The following results were conducted by a 3rd party interviewer, Results 1st. These statements are made based off of our preliminary season (22/23), in which we produced 4 small showcases with just a few founding dancers.
A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders in 2006 examined eating disorders in dancers compared to non-dancers and found that dancers on average are over 3x more likely to develop an eating disorder. Additionally, a survey conducted by the Dance/USA Task Force in 2018 revealed that 86% of respondents had experienced feelings of depression or anxiety related to their dance careers.
3 of 3 dancers stated that they are involved with Azara Ballet for a chance to perform in a "safe place".
Dancers shared what Azara does exceptionally well:
Welcoming, make everyone feel comfortable, no fear or nervousness about the way I look or dance.
Accept people with open arms without judgement or discrimination, they are positive and uplifting and bring out the love for dance.
Dancers shared what they gained from dancing at Azara:
Lots! I gained my confidence back, I had given up hope as a dancer, but now I have new hope and a new way of thinking.
Confidence, self-love, a home.
"I want it to be known that they changed my life by uplifting me from a dark place and providing a safe place for a dancer."
- Joseph King, dancer at Azara Ballet
A study pulished in the National Endowment for the Arts showed that only 2.8% of U.S. adults attended a ballet perfomance, compared to 3.9% in 2002. This shows that ballet is losing audiences and engagement.
The intention with our performances is to keep our audiences engaged, excited, emotionally connected, and ready to return to our next event through our unique storytelling and artistry.
7 of 7 attendees used words like moving, intentional, unique, inspiring, amazing, transformational, wonderful, heartwarming to describe the ballet
6 of 7 attendees said they liked the connections between dancers, emotions, and choreography most about the performances
7 of 7 attendees said they would attend in the future
The attendees described the Azara Ballet performance:
Very inspiring, the entire performance. It’s different in a way to reach a broader audience
Phenomenal, transformative, brilliant, the whole message
The stories and the overcoming of despair to moving, inspirational, and heartwarming. Made me feel that anything is possible.
Nothing short of amazing, top level dancing
The way they shared; the dance tied to the story they shared. Very touching, I cried.