Third-graders from nineteen Cincinnati Public Schools joined their peers from a few other Cincinnati schools to participate in Cincy Dances in Washington Park on May 21, 2014. Fifteen-hundred students danced in unity, all showing off a choreographed routine taught by Cincinnati Ballet. Prior to the event, The Cincinnati Ballet visited the schools to teach an age-appropriate dance that incorporated ballet, jazz and hip hop to the students. They provided each school with 4 to 6 lessons, preparing students for the big event at the park on Wednesday. A video was also provided to schools for additional practice time.
Along with dancing and having a great time, the students received an arts enriching day, with performances by The Cincinnati Symphony and YUGOS Band. “This was a dream for me”, said Julie Sunderland, Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education. “I wanted to see all the 3rd graders in Cincinnati dancing together, and today, we almost realized that goal.”
CPS is grateful for our partnership with Julie Sunderland and the Cincinnati Ballet. Art education is so important to the development of our students, and Cincinnati Ballet’s commitment to teaching ballet in our schools and organizing events such as Cincy Dances is greatly appreciated.