BALAA Beauties

BALAA Beauties is an all girls initiative that provides opportunities for girls ages 5 to 18 to explore the arts in creative ways. The girls participate in dance workshops, empowerment activities, character development activities, and leadership training. Interested families may register their girls here.


The Empire Marching Elite

The Empire Marching Elite (TEME) is a New York City Community Marching Band. It presents traditional HBCU style marching arts in the Big Apple and provides opportunities for members to seek marching band scholarships to HBCUs. For more information, click here. To register, click here.


BALAA Junior Band

The BALAA Junior Band is our beginner marching band open to young people ages 5 to 13. Our junior band was developed from After School and Summer Enrichment participants who spend the academic year and six weeks in the summer learning instrumental music and dance basics, including reading horn and percussion music, embouchure, and technique. Students must be enrolled in After School and / or Summer Enrichment to be eligible for participation. Click here to learn more. Click here to enroll.


BALAA Legacy

This is our adult wellness program. From fitness and self care to financial literacy, we offer programs to improve the overall health of adults in the community. To register, click here.

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BALAA Brawns

BALAA Brawns is a male mentorship program designed to sever the pupil to prison pipeline in New York City.  Open to boys ages 9 to 18, members are matched with male mentors, and have the opportunity to participate in mentorship retreats, sports outings, empowerment workshops and other male bonding activities. Interested families may register their boys here.

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BALAA After School Program

BALAA After School Program runs Monday through Friday, from 3 PM to 7 PM and from 12 PM to 7 PM on half-days. Students receive academic support and learn marching band fundamentals. Children may choose between dance, percussion and horn instruction. Transportation options available from schools in the area. Click here to register for our After School Program. Contact us for more information.

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BALAA Summer Enrichment

The BALAA Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program that offers young people a variety of arts exploration. Monday through Thursday, participants engage in academic support, music instruction, art, crafts, step, life skills, and self defense. On Fridays, participants explore New York City by visiting historical landmarks, local parks and playgrounds, museums and libraries, and special events hosted by community organizations. Click here to see photos of Summer Enrichment 2021.


Northern Showstyle Band Coalition

NSBC is a subsidiary nonprofit of BALAA established to:

  • Normalize showstyle band culture in the north

  • Create opportunities for band director development and training

  • Provide a platform on which local organizations may support each other in developing and building our programs, including development, recruitment and retention support, and performance support

  • Create joint performance opportunities as a coalition

  • Create opportunities for HBCU marching band recruitment and audition support