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PNC Foundation and more support Family Magic at the Ballet Program May 6, 2017 |

PNC Foundation and more funders support Orlando Ballet to provide free tickets for children and families


Orlando Ballet is launching a new arts education program called Family Magic at the Ballet to address lack of access to the arts for our local families. The initiative is funded by PNC Foundation with support from other funders. Family Magic at the Ballet has been developed in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and brings the joy of dance into the lives of local families in Orlando. The project provides access to Orlando Ballet’s world-class shows on the main-stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, regardless of financial ability.

Orlando Ballet is partnering with the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and other local community groups to provide free tickets to attend Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The children and their families will have the chance to enjoy Orlando Ballet’s professional dancers performing a special version of Cinderella set in the 1950s, with retro costumes and electric choreography, set to the music of Richard Rogers played by a live jazz orchestra. The classic score is performed by Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra Big Band conducted by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.

The excitement around a trip to the theatre inspires many children to have a life-long love of the arts. However, thousands of young people in Central Florida are denied this experience because they are part of a low income household which may mean that theater tickets are a luxury.

In addition to the free tickets, PNC Foundation has supported Orlando Ballet to create specialized age-appropriate teaching resources to help the Early Learning Coalition’s teachers include the arts and ballet in their curriculums.

Orlando Ballet believes in using the power of dance to create a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young Orlando and Central Florida people every year. Other initiatives delivering this vision include Orlando Ballet’s Intro to Ballet which sees the Company perform a story ballet for every Orange County Public School second grade student which they attend for free. Reaching approximately 16,000 students annually, since 2000, more than 320,000 children have been provided with their first formal theater experience watching professional ballet. The children also receive workshops to learn basic ballet steps. Orlando Ballet School also provides Adaptive Dance classes, funded by Coldwell Banker, a creative movement ballet class for children with Down syndrome and Come Dance With Us, funded in part by Anne-Marie Wurzel Realtor, providing dance workshops for children with special needs in partnership with Nemours Children’s Hospital and Orlando Health.