Next Generation Ballet (NGB) is a stepping stone for great dance talent and is a part of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of Peter Stark, NGB prepares dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities. The company is committed to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young dancers. Performers in NGB have been awarded scholarship opportunities at the leading ballet schools worldwide including the Royal Ballet School of England and The School of American Ballet. Students have also received employment with ballet companies including Missouri Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, and have placed 1st in competitions including Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition.