Ballet dancers age 13 and up are invited to be part of this record-breaking event, called "Break the Ballet Record", to support awareness for dance. Proceeds from the gathering will benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club performing arts program, a partner of the newly launched Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow (AB Stars) campaign that promotes the joys and benefits of dance for children around the world.
In addition, participants from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club AB Stars program will perform with Angelina Ballerina and host an Angelina Ballerina-themed children's activity area during the event.
"Break the Ballet Record" is being organized and presented by husband and wife team Gene and Ellen Schiavone, longtime supporters of dance in New York City and around the country. Gene Schiavone is a professional photographer specializing in dance, and his clients include American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Boston Ballet, Mariinsky Theater and Bolshoi Ballet. Ellen Schiavone has been involved with ABT since 1985, first as a volunteer, then as the Chairman of the Golden Circle Council, has served on ABT's Board of Trustees and is currently head of the Costume Fund which has raised over one million dollars to refurbish and replace costumes.
"We are both avid supporters of ballet as an art form, and we are thrilled about our partnership with the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Program and its goal to provide an introduction to the benefits of dance for children through the Boys & Girls Clubs," said Gene Schiavone.
"The Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Program is excited to be part of this record-breaking attempt. More than breaking a world record, we are thrilled to see hundreds of dancers come together in support of raising awareness for dance," said E.J. Minor, Vice President, Marketing, Retail and Creative Services, HIT Entertainment. "We are grateful for the support that the dancers are giving to the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Program and our partner, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. This effort will surely help to inspire young dancers to achieve their dancing dreams."
Launched last fall, the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program was developed to raise awareness for the benefits of dance, including building confidence, inspiring creativity and promoting physical health, and subsequently provide access and opportunities to kids ages 5 to 12 seeking dance education. During the past year, students at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club were offered Angelina Ballerina Dance Classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Latin, and African dance with Angelina Ballerina in-class materials like "Angelina Ballerina's Tip of the Week", classroom posters, nutrition and recipe information, choreography and videos. The program will roll out to at least three additional cities by Fall 2010.
To register to take part & help to "Break the Ballet Record", please click here.