Ballet for Young Audiences was established in 1985 and is dedicated to reaching youngsters of all ages and backgrounds to stimulate their cultural growth by exposing them to different areas of theater, particularly dance as it transcends all economic and language barriers. Ballet for Young Audiences began as an adjunct company to the Rockefellers Traveling Playhouse. The Nutcracker, BYA's first offering was an enormous success and the following year Cinderella was added. Over the next several years BYA became a separate entity, appearing before more and more audiences until in 1991 it added an association with Theaterworks USA. The company integrates dance, music and the spoken word.
Ballet for Young Audiences/Ballet Repertory, NYC became a non-profit company in 1994, it appears regularly in NYC on the Schooltime Series at the Tisch Performing Arts Center and at Town Hall. In addition the company performs frequently at Queens Theater in the Park, LaGuardia College, Queens College and Flushing Town Hall, also in the NY area. They have danced at Performing Arts Centers as far west as Texas A&M, throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. They were also featured regularly on Channel MNN's Children's Series and their production of Nutcracker was highlighted on NYCTV.
In the Spring of 2009, Ballet for Young Audiences/Ballet Repertory, NYC, added an adult series of ballets titled Spring Dances, which first appeared at LaGuardia College and has grown consistently every year. It presents works from new choreographers in NYC, along with established groups such as the Astoria Symphony, Ayazamandas, Octavia Cup Dance, Direction Dance Ensemble and Martha Graham 2. BYA/BRNYC has recieved grants from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The ballet Spring Song created in 2009 has returned from China in October 2011, having performed at the 13th Nanning International Folk Song Arts Festival, televised to an audience of 800,000,000.