Rejoice School of Ballet named a finalist for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
NASHVILLE (June 5, 2017)--Rejoice School of Ballet was recently named a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist.
Rejoice was chosen as one of 50 finalists out of 342 applicants from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories and is the only organization in Tennessee on the list.
Finalists are chosen by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its cultural partners - the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This selection distinguishes Rejoice as one of the top arts and humanities youth programs in the country.
"We are honored and excited to be named a finalist among so many excellent youth organizations," said Patricia Cross, founding executive director. "Our mission to provide excellent ballet training to students from diverse backgrounds is more important today than ever and we are honored to be recognized for our work to remove barriers to access to a quality arts education for young people in Nashville."
If selected as one of 10 winners, Rejoice will receive a one-time $10,000 award and an invitation to accept this award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The winners will be announced at the end of June.
Two Rejoice Ballet faculty certified by AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE®
Rejoice School of Ballet is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
Patricia Cross, Rejoice executive director, has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Gerald Watson, Rejoice faculty member and apprentice with Nashville Ballet, has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
To become an ABT® Certified Teacher, candidates must complete intensive training in the ABT® National Training Curriculum and successfully pass comprehensive examination(s). ABT® Certified teachers are permitted to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum only to the levels in which they have successfully completed the training intensive and required examination.
Cross, who founded Rejoice 15 years ago, wants Rejoice students to receive the best training available.
"I love the ABT Curriculum because Raymond Lukens and Franco De Vita have created training that not only teaches precise ballet technique and artistry, but also dancer health," she said. "We taught Pre-Primary through level 3 last year and noticed a significant improvement in our students."
Watson, who will stage and direct Rejoice's production of 'Cinderella' this year, said training at ABT® was a good opportunity for him as a young dance educator.
"The program truly focused on the whole dancer. Their minds, nutrition, and well being as non-dancing citizens are just as important as their dance technique," he said. "I feel very equipped in implementing this new information into my classes and very excited to continue into the higher levels of the curriculum."
Rejoice School of Ballet is a non-profit dance school in East Nashville that makes excellent ballet training accessible to students from diverse racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. All 100 students enrolled pay on an income-based sliding scale for between 1 and 14 hours of dance training weekly.
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