A Chance to Dance

A Chance to Dance is collaboration between Kid One and the Alabama Ballet. Both agencies are working to create awareness as they expand their services statewide. While Kid One and Alabama Ballet are both non-profit organizations, their missions are very different in that Kid One is a service agency and Alabama Ballet is an artistic organization. However, these two groups are joining together in an unprecedented partnership to offer a unique and inspiring opportunity to the children served by Kid One.

“Kid One exists to better children mentally, physically or medically, and dance/arts has a healing effect on these children. It not only provides exercise and physical therapeutic benefits, it is an opportunity to build self-esteem, learn teamwork and be with other children of varying levels of ability/disability.”

Russell Jackson, Founder/CEO Kid One Transport

Beginning January 10th, 2004 and continuing every Saturday for 16 weeks, children ranging ages 6-11 will be transported by Kid One to the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance where expert faculty of the Alabama Ballet School will engage them in dance lessons from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The children will also be provided lunch.

“The Alabama Ballet is participating in this project with Kid One because it is our dream to provide rural children with medical needs an opportunity to participate in a program that will challenge them both mentally and physically.”

Tracey Alvey, Artistic Director, Alabama Ballet.

The 16-week program will culminate in an exciting dance performance and gala hosted by Governor and Mrs. Bob Riley at the Governor’s Mansion on May 22, 2004. The children will perform a new work choreographed by the instructors, as well as share the stage with professional dancers from the Alabama Ballet. The Alabama Ballet is providing dance uniforms and costumes for the final performance.

Both the Alabama Ballet and Kid One are seeking sixteen $2,000 scholarship sponsors for this event. Each scholarship will provide a Kid One child with the funding to transport them to medical appointments for one year. Revenue earned from ticket sales to the gala will be equally divided between the two charities to support their missions.

To purchase tickets or sponsor a child, contact Kelley Brown at Alabama Ballet 205-322-4300, ext. 33 or Holly Lollar at Kid One Transport (205) 978-1012.