We plan to provide trauma informed resources, somatic interventions and STEAM therapy cohorts and programs to 200 black and brown girls annually.
Ballet After Dark is an organization that has a mission of providing somatic interventions, trauma-informed care, dance therapy and holistic methods to encourage black and brown survivors (youth and women) of various levels of trauma and sexual violence to heal their bodies using movement. We define somatic intervention as reconnecting and regaining control of our mind and body through movement, various trauma-informed practices, classes and resources focused on providing holistic healing resources with positive impacts and outcomes. Our goal is to create a community of survivors.
Tyde-Courtney Edwards is the Founding Director of Ballet After Dark, a classically trained ballerina, art model and survivor of sexual assault. Born and raised in Baltimore City, she is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and has over 20 years of dance training and experience. Trained in various styles of dance including classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop, she conceptualized Ballet After Dark after struggling with recovery following her sexual assault. Tyde-Courtney has trained with Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Peabody Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey and other institutions while receiving training from local dance pioneers such as Anton Wilson and Stephanie Powell. She currently resides in Baltimore City.