Omaha Academy of Ballet is expanding its outreach in the Omaha Community by providing free dance classes to two after-school programs in the Omaha Public Schools. After-school programming in the schools in underserved communities offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of safe, educational and enriching activities that may otherwise be inaccessible. Children and Skinner Magnet Center and Liberty Elementary School will now have the opportunity to gallop and leap, stretch and soar with instructors from OAB!
Cheryl Lerner, OAB Community Engagement Coordinator, is directing the project in collaboration with Collective For Youth and their program partner agencies, Boys and Girls Club of the Midland and Completely Kids. Mary Royer is teaching Beginning Ballet to 15 third and fourth graders at Liberty Elementary. Cortney Wiresinger is teaching first graders at Skinner Magnet Center, a magnet school for visual and performing arts. She has 11 girls and 4 boys in her class.
Classes began the week of October 17 and are going great! The students are so enthusiastic! They have all been fitted for their leotards, tights (t-shirts and shorts for boys) and ballet shoes and can't wait for their second week when they can put them on!
In addition to dance instruction, students will learn some of the stories of the great classical ballets through dances, films and art projects. We thank Bobby's Dancewear, our community partner, for joining us in this new project, providing all the ballet shoes, as well as posters, magazines and novelties for the students to enjoy.
This project is supported by the Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Community Foundation and with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.