Happy August! We hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing, healthy, and fun summer. There is still plenty of time to get to the pool, build sandcastles, and enjoy the warm weather – and help out a local karma partner! This month we are supporting Charlotte Ballet (formerly known as North Carolina Dance Theater) and their Reach scholarship program. Reach is Charlotte Ballet’s nationally recognized outreach dance scholarship program for children ages 7-10. Reach makes quality dance training accessible to minority, male and female students with evidenced financial need and little, if any, previous dance experience, who demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance.
Since 1990, Charlotte Ballet is a locally-based, world class repertory dance ensemble. It performs classic, contemporary and cutting-edge dance with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence for local, statewide and national audiences. But what if you are that girl or boy that would love to dance, but financially your family can’t support your dream? That’s where the Reach program takes over.
Reach was launched in 2009 through a $78,000 grant from the Women’s Impact Fund. Reach is a three-year scholarship dance program that makes beginning level, quality dance training accessible to students with evidenced financial need who demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance. The program affords children the opportunity to access quality dance training in their neighborhoods free of charge promoting self-esteem, discipline, a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the arts. Open auditions are held each year and selection is determined based on natural abilities, the potential to be trained in dance, financial need and family commitment to the program. Students selected for the program attend classes each week at one of four Mecklenburg County recreation centers. All first-year students receive their dance attire at no charge to their families. Students and their parents also receive tickets to attend select Charlotte Ballet performances.
That’s a fantastic opportunity for a lot of hopeful, talented kids. For more information, here is the Charlotte Ballet website – http://charlotteballet.org.
Maybe you are inspired to support Charlotte Ballet – want to know how you can help? Here’s how you can get involved:
This month as a special treat we are partnering with the Pizza Peel to offer a donation-only karma yoga class every Monday from 6-7pm at their Plaza Midwood location.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of needs such as education programs, dancer support, fundraising, and special event. If you have time to give, please take a look at the volunteer opportunities here: http://charlotteballet.org/support-us/volunteer/
There are plenty of sales going on this month for all of the wish list items. If you’d like to help fill our donation baskets in the lobby at both locations, we will be collecting the following items (this list will also be posted in both studios):
- Black short-sleeved cotton leotards (youth sizes)
- Pink convertible tights
- Black wrap ballet skirts
- Bobby pins, hair elastics, and hair nets
- Needle and thread
- Dance bags
It feels good to Be Good!