(Palm Beach Gardens, FL –April 29, 2020) Ballet Palm Beach Academy, the official school of the county’s professional ballet company, Ballet Palm Beach, connected to quarantined students with the “Tutu Project” in honor of International Dance Day.
Colleen Smith, both Artistic Director of the professional ballet company and School Director of the Academy, organized the “Tutu Project” to uplift over 125 dance students. Academy faculty, clad in BPB t-shirts and tutus, drove from Boca Raton to Stuart delivering each student a special gift- a tutu- and offering words of love and support to the families. Students were encouraged to be creative by decorating and dancing in the tutu and to share pictures of their work with fellow classmates in honor of International Dance Day.
“We have been offering tuition-free, virtual classes for our students, but I wanted to do something more,” said Smith. “The Tutu Project created a fun activity to keep them engaged with dance and to remind them how much we teachers care about them! Although temporarily apart, we are together in spirit!”
See the TUTU PROJECT video HERE
Photo: BPB Academy student Teagan Albano; photo by Lani Scozzari