Ballet Wyoming is choreographing the youth dance for the upcoming Dancing with the Stars event.
The performance will feature Boys & Girls Club kids during the Friday, September 21st Dancing with the Stars fundraiser supporting the Club. The event began in 2015 and is a competition with dance pairs from the community. Having a Ballet Wyoming Professional’s involvement in educating the youth on how to put on a professional performance exposes to a new understanding of the arts.
“I have enjoyed this time watching the children from the Boy’s and Girl’s Club use the dance movements I’ve given them and make it their own by adding their unique style. Going into this process, I wanted the kids to have an opportunity to choose what went into this particular piece, so that they could feel like it’s apart of them and not a just a random dance they need to learn from the instructors vision.” Elizabeth Daly, Ballet Wyoming Intern & Choreographer, “Since our theme is the Greatest Showman and the song title is ‘This is Me,’ I felt it would be fitting to add movement that the children created themselves during our creative time in rehearsal, which does indeed say Me. I feel this has helped them be invested and engaged with the dance. I have been able to see their unique personalities come out with this piece, which has been the most enjoyable and rewarding part of this experience.”
Bringing artist education into these special events is a way to expose youth the professional development opportunities they would otherwise never experience. It is a fun and experiential way to learn and Ballet Wyoming has been a partner of the Dancing with the Stars event from the day one.
“Our community partnerships through Dancing with the Stars has been so culturally enriching for the Club, allowing the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne to offer dance opportunities for our youth, some of whom have never had dance classes.In addition, it is awesome recognition for the kids to dance in the finale at the event.” Rolinda Sample, Chief Professional Officer.