AUGUST 7th-13th  2022

MoBBallet Symposium is headed to MIAMI
Hosted by Sanctuary of the Arts in Coral Gables

MoBBallet: Motivation, Innovation, Activation (MIA) will not just break the mold; it will build a new one by drafting a blueprint for ballet and beyond. MoBBallet/MIA is a space that centers Blackness but welcomes all!


MoBBallet Symposium will present seminars, lectures and panels and is currently accepting papers on:

  • Anti-racist and inclusive pedagogy
  • Decolonizing ballet/curriculum
  • Organizational and department culture
  • Aesthetics in ballet and training
  • Rethinking pedagogy and curriculum
  • I.D.E.A. in ballet
  • Black dance archives and history
  • Teaching through intersectionality
  • Reimagining dance history
  • Cultural competence in the studio



The MoBBallet/MIA Symposium will offer:

  • High caliber dance training and mentoring to intermediate and advanced Black ballet dancers by faculty and mentors that look like them.
  • Developmental courses for dance educators and studio owners led by industry professionals.
  • A choreography program to support the development of Black ballet choreographers.
  • A platform for academic and dance educators to present and engage in discourse via panels and town hall sessions.
  • Programming that addresses and interrogates the state of the arts, offering opportunities for the dance community to liaise with ballet leadership.



Our intermediate and advanced ballet course centers Blackness both in our students and faculty. Participants will not only have the opportunity to learn from our elite and diverse faculty but also to truly connect with them as they learn about (Black) ballet history, discuss body image and aesthetics, and discuss training and higher education. Our Advanced track is designed to support dancers on the cusp of entering the professional realm by pairing them with a personal mentor who will provide individualized coaching, feedback and mentorship both in and outside of the studio.


  • Technique
  • Pointe
  • Allegro
  • Variations
  • Contemporary
  • Corps de ballet
  • Repertory (advanced)
  • Body maintenance

Personal Development:

  • Dance history
  • Body image workshop
  • Social media workshop
  • Screenings
  • Pointe shoe workshop
  • Physical therapy workshops and more


Dance Faculty and Mentors thus far:



  • Debra Austin – Carolina Ballet/Formerly NYCB, Zurich Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Anjali Austin- Professor and Chair of Florida State University’s School of Dance Formerly DTH
  • Chandra Moss-Thorne – Swarthmore College, Kitchen Table Dance Collective formerly DTH, Cincinnati Ballet
  • Christian Von Howard – Montclair State University formerly
  • Troy Brown  -Independent ballet Teacher and Coach- Formerly Chicago City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Alan Barnes- Opera Frankfurt Director’s Assistant of the Opera/ Formerly DTH, Ballet Frankfurt
  • Andrea Long-Naidu – Boston Ballet School/Formerly NYCB, DTH
  • Kareen Pauld Camargo – Miami City Ballet
  • Erica Edwards – Formerly Joffrey Ballet, Cultivating Better Tomorrows
  • Meredith Rainey – Formerly Pennsylvania Ballet and  DTH, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Kitchen Table Dance Collective
  • Ramon Flowers – Formerly Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Frankfurt Ballet
  • William Isaac – Kymera Dance Company/Formerly DTH, Alvin Ailey, Armitage Gone! Dance



This course will be facilitated by ballet school directors, arts administrators and curriculum specialists who will provide pedagogical support to studio owners and teachers. The course focuses on:

  • Teaching methodologies and curriculum structures that strengthen students’ technique and better align with pre-professional programs as well as administrative tools to help strengthen their businesses.
  • Addressing technical and administrative impediments that prevent organizational growth that are inherent in small programs.
  • Investigating ways the Black dance community can better interface with larger ballet organizations’ DEI initiatives to create equitable and supportive partnerships toward school and business growth.


  • Ayisha McMillan Cravotta – Charlotte Ballet Academy Director
  • Monica Stephenson – Miami City Ballet
  • Marion Tonner – Former Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre School
  • Andrea Yannone – Former Director of Education and Training at San Francisco Ballet
  • Margaret Tracey – Former Director of the Boston Ballet School








The MoBBallet Choreographers Program–Pathways to Performance is designed to not only identify, but cultivate choreographers of color with the intention of supporting their development by providing Education Access and Opportunity.

We have assembled a diverse panel of artistic mentors:

Artistic Mentors will facilitate this singular process using our MoBBallet Choreographer’s Curriculum provides the building blocks to help develop and elevate budding choreographers’ work, in addition to the tools to network and navigate the industry.






Sanctuary of the Arts (main campus)

Sanctuary of the Arts is an innovative artist-led institution that incorporates the best practices from artistic, educational, community, corporate and foundation engagement strategies. The goal is to produce not only high-quality performances and events, but also those that are appealing in concept and content to a wide audience base, leading to more personal engagement and assisting in the development of sustainable arts careers.

MORE ABOUT WHERE TO STAY:  Courtyard Coral Gables  

(8 Min. Walk away from sanctuary) Conveniently located in the heart of the Coral Gables Historic District, The Courtyard by Marriott Miami Coral Gables offers a unique setting for your next stay in Miami. Within walking distance from the Coral Gables financial business district, minutes from The University of Miami and surrounded by fine dining, shopping, exquisite entertainment and lavish life style, you’re in the ideal location for both business and pleasure. Enjoy stylish guestrooms that offer superior comfort filled with a range of essential amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. If you are ready to set sail, planning your fantasy cruise has become easier by staying at the Courtyard Marriott Coral Gables Hotel which is located 7 miles from the Port of Miami. Take a step into comfort and value; book your next stay at the Courtyard Miami Coral Gables today. * We have a Symposium block of rooms available!!


2051 S LeJeune, Coral Gables, FL | 33134

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