At Augusta Ballet our mission includes exposing young people to ballet and inspiring them to become the next generation of dancers and dance appreciators.
This week, we provided 8 hours of ballet instruction to participants in the Hope For Augusta summer camp program. Eugene Ballet Company dancer Victoria Harvey led the class with spirit and warmth. Campers learned a brief ballet history, as well as some basic ballet steps and their proper names. They watched Misty Copeland in a video discussing her unique experience as a dancer, saw their instructor dance in her pointe shoes and explored various ways of expressing emotions through movement.
This evening, Hope Ballet Theatre concluded with a showcase for fellow campers, families and staff. The dancers performed an original work choreographed to music from Giselle.
Each dancer received a certificate of participation but four dancers were called out for their exceptional enthusiasm and ability. Augusta Ballet is pleased to award these four children with scholarship funding toward dance lessons at a local dance school of their choosing.*
We explained to one recipient, an expressive boy with a huge smile and a big stage presence, that he could choose to train in any form of dance. "I want to take ballet," he insisted. Mission accomplished.
* Augusta Ballet acknowledges the Augusta Exchange Club for the generous grant that made Hope Ballet Theatre and the scholarship funding possible.
Marin Rose, Artistic Chair, Board of Trustees