Jumpin’ Out – Young Gifted & Talented Showcase at Love’s | May 21st
July 6, 2016
In partnership with Pear Tree Performing Arts
Saturday, May 21st 2016 3-5PMFREE event for ALL
Jumpin’ Out is a program provided for the Young, Gifted, and Talented youth of our communities. The program will help mentor, feature, and promote self-awareness and confidence in their craft of choice. Should that be dance, poetry, music, instruments, and arts. The program will allow them to show off their talents and foster the growth of our youth! Join us for Jumpin’ Out and reaching new heights with Pear Tree Performing Arts!
Nyah Partridge Butler – Master of Ceremony – Dancer
Sanai Conley – Master of Ceremony – Dancer
Natalia Partidge – Dancer
Jalen Partidge – Dancer
Lawrence Butler – Dancer
Pear Tree Background…
Pear Tree Performing Arts was established in 2010 for community dance and performing arts instruction. The first location for Pear Tree Performing Arts was Benson Community Center. The organization operated out of Benson Community Center for four years, before moving into its new home, located at 4801 Northwest Radial Highway. Stepping out on faith, Founder, CEO, and Artistic Direct, Natasha Partridge Butler and, her husband Lawrence, purchased the building for the arts organization and other community business ventures, including a grocery store and an ice cream shop.The organization gained its 501(c)3 nonprofit status in August of 2014. What began as a class of 5 students, meeting faithfully once a week to learn a variety of dance styles, acting and drama technique, life skills, and cultural awareness, has blossomed into an organization with over 100 registered students, multiple classes per week, and a diverse original curriculum to develop well-trained performers and successful young people.Our mission is to cultivate a sense of culture, confidence, community, and creativity through performing arts instruction for all! Through our four core values, we offer opportunities for young artists to develop their skills and talents as performers, but also build the skills necessary to succeed in life!Pear Tree Performing Arts begins lessons at 3. Students at this age enroll in our Creative Movement/Creative Drama combo class. These classes are offered for student up to age 6. The Creative Movement/Creative Drama combo class focuses on confidence, respect, cultural awareness, and education preparedness – all through performing arts and dance instruction. The children learn through dance instruction, puppetry, reader’s theatre, and folktales from around the world. The children build confidence through performance opportunities.Through the generosity of our supporters, children 6 years and older are able to take as many technique classes per week as they would like for one low monthly fee. This is important to our families, because they are able to enroll their children in a quality program, their children get to participate in constructive out-of-school time activities, and it is affordable. Pear Tree Performing Arts offers two levels of Ballet and a beginning Pointe class, two levels of Hip Hop/Jazz class, a Dance Company technique class, and an Acting and Dramatic Arts class. Our students perform in traditional recitals, but we also perform at numerous community events, cultural occasions, and fundraisers. These opportunities are essential to supporting our four core values.
Our programs are open to all youth! We are centrally located and our students come from all over Omaha and a few from Council Bluffs. With nearly 60 percent of our families are at or below the poverty line, our programs offer a valuable service to talented young people, who may not otherwise be able to afford performing arts instruction. Our enrollment is 75 percent African American, 10 percent Caucasian, 5 percent Latino, and 10 percent identifying as multi-racial or other.
We see the impact daily! The families we work with are able to see the growth in their children at home, in the community, and in school. Our students have a sense of pride about who they are and what they have to offer the community!
Visit us at 4801 Northwest Radial Highway or peartreeomaha.org to learn more about the life-changing programs we offer.
Founder, CEO, Artistic Director – Bio
I began dancing and acting at the age of 4 and trained with numerous dance instructors and theater professionals in Omaha. As a founding member of Soul Fire and UJIMA YOUTHEATER, I gained valuable performance opportunities with the Omaha Community Playhouse, Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater, Center Stage, numerous churches, OPS and Millard schools, and The Rose. I began teaching Creative Drama at the age of 16 and continued to explore the arts in college, with a secondary focus in Theater at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. I have worked with Girls Inc., Solomon Girls Center, Purpose Driven Advocacy Center, Joy of Life Ministries, Nebraska Arts Council, Millard Public Schools, Benson Community Center and Sorensen Community Center to share my love of the performing arts with youth. In my desire to provide dance and drama opportunities, I began outreach classes at community centers, churches, and youth serving agencies to make the arts more accessible. The four pillars of my curriculum, and are Culture, Confidence, Community, and Creativity. My curriculum focuses on cultural awareness, self-esteem, and teamwork. I teach my areas of strength and training – acting, beginning ballet, modern dance, lyrical/contemporary dance, hip-hop, jazz, poetry, and theater production.