Rejoice School of Ballet to present “The Little Engine That Could” an original ballet celebrating resiliency and friendship
NASHVILLE--Nearly 25 pre-professional dancers will bring to life a new ballet exploring resiliency and friendship. The ballet, directed by Gerald Watson, a Nashville Ballet company dancer and Rejoice faculty member, will feature students ages 8-14 and include dancers from Nashville Ballet’s adaptive ballet class. The Little Engine will be danced by a ballerina in a wheelchair. . “This ballet is at the heart of our mission,” said Patricia Cross, founding executive director of Rejoice. “We believe the beauty and discipline of ballet should be accessible to all children regardless of income, background or special needs.” In preparation for the show, Rejoice dancers have been studying the 7 C’s of Reiliency: confidence, competence, connection, coping, control, character and contribution. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Nashville Ballet to provide a performance opportunity for dancers in their adaptive ballet class,” said Cross. Rejoice, a non-profit ballet school in East Nashville, serves nearly 130 students from diverse backgrounds. Each family pays on a sliding-scale, which removes barriers to access to quality ballet training.
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