A Bit Of History
The Buffalo Inner City Ballet Company, Inc. was established in 1972 primarily as a recreational alternative to street gang activities for inner city youths, especially for African American males. The BICB addresses the community's dance needs and promotion of culture through two avenues: dance instruction and performances. The duel functions offered under the auspice of the BICB make it unique among dance schools & companies in Western New York.
Using the syllabus of the Russian Vaganova method of dance along with Modern and Contemporary African Dance, the BICB training school offers classes to the community Children, predominantly minority children residing in the inner city of Buffalo. The majority of these young dancers than take part in the various local production performed by the Buffalo City Ballet throughout the community.
The Performing Aspect of the BICB is under the professional youth dance company known as the Buffalo City Ballet. The company was established in 1989 by Executive Director Marvin Askew, as a mean; as a mean; to showcase the talents of local artists, particularly those of color. The organization's mission has always been to provide a serious ballet training to minority children, and to enable all of its students to learn all they can, regardless of their social and economic back grown.