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Toledo Ballet Awarded Grant from Toledo Community Foundation’s Walleye Wishing Well Fund

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Toledo Ballet has received a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation’s Walleye Wishing Well Fund to implement a dance program at the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo in the fall of 2017. The program will take place at the Boys and Girls Club’s Homer Hanham facility.                         

The mission of Toledo Ballet is to promote interest in dance through superb education, performance and outreach; the mission of Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Afterschool Dance will assist both organizations in achieving these missions through programming that promotes physical activity, health lifestyles, creative accomplishment, teamwork in a non-contact activity, and inspiration for underserved youth in Toledo. The program will run weekly one-hour classes for 24 weeks, from October 2017 – May 2018 for BGCT members ages nine -12.

Designed to be accessible to students of all skill levels, participants will sample a wide variety of dance forms from ballet to hip hop and build on lessons from previous weeks, emphasizing the importance of physical exercise as well as improving balance, motor skills, strength, and agility.

The program will be taught by Toledo Ballet faculty member and company principal dancer Domonique Glover. Glover, the valedictorian of the Scott High School class of 2004, is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta with a B.A. in mathematics. He currently teaches math at Horizon Science Academy.

The generous grant covers expenses for equipment necessary to execute the program, including portable dance barres, mirrors, and a “fat head” of American Ballet Theater’s first African-American principal dancer, Misty Copeland, that will be installed on the wall of the gym where the club’s athletic activities and the dance program will take place.

“I am so pleased that the TCF Board of Trustees sees the inherent value of this dance program,” said Toledo Ballet Executive Director Mari Davies. “The fact that the nation’s most famous ballerina, Misty Copeland, was first exposed to ballet at a Boys and Girls Club speaks to the amazing opportunities such exposure lends. We can’t wait until next fall to see this program take flight.”


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Revised: 01/12/17 21:20:59 -0800.

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