Here in the Creative Capital, art is constantly being imagined, created, and shared. One of the greatest gifts an artist can give is to inspire and educate developing young minds to dream up the next masterpiece. At FBP, we are dedicated to helping raise the next generation of artists in Providence with our extensive outreach program.
This season, FBP has brought enchanting dance experiences to hundreds of children in Rhode Island through our “Ballet in the Library” series, sparking the fire of passion in the hearts of countless youth along the way. In preparation for one of the most whimsical ballets the Company has ever taken on, Little Mermaid, a team of dancers led by Outreach Director Valerie Cookson-Botto will be popping up in libraries in Providence, Cranston, Jamestown, North Kingstown, and Peach Dale to perform an interactive reading of Little Mermaid. These fun events are the perfect way to get your littles excited for the ballet, while engaging in your community arts scene and exposing your children to art in a unique, approachable way.
Of course, community engagement is all about sharing the experience of dance with those around you, and dance is all about moving your body- so it wouldn’t be a proper FBP Outreach event without some dancing! FBP dancers will teach the children to move like they are underwater, practicing the movements of a variety of sea creatures to create an original ocean dance.
What’s a little pop-up party without a craft, right? Children will be invited to make their very own fish to take home with them- and then bring along to the theater to see FBP’s Little Mermaid live on stage April 27-29! Fin-tastic fun for the whole family!
For a schedule of FBP’s “Ballet in the Library” series, see below:
North Kingstown Free Library- Tuesday, 4/17; 10am
Peach Dale Library- Wednesday, 4/18; 10:30am
Jamestown Library- Wednesday, 4/18; 2pm
Cranston Central Library- Thursday, 4/19; 10:30am
Rochambeau Library-Tuesday, 4/24; 10:30am
Washington Park Library- Tuesday, 4/24; 1pm
Mount Pleasant Library- Wednesday, 4/25; 10am
Olney Library- Thursday 4/26; 10am
Wanskuck Library- Thursday, 4/16; 1pm
For tickets to FBP’s Little Mermaid, click here.
This post was written by Kirsten Evans. The author is in her eighth season as a Company Dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. She is also the Company PR & Communications Assistant, as well as the writer of a personal blog, Setting The Barre.