Dancers at the Ballet School of Stamford are ready to be on pointe this weekend. The Ballet School will host its 16th Annual Chefs on Pointe event Sunday, a night of food and dance to benefit the school’s Dance for All scholarship program.
“We have about 250 students in the school and about 80 students receive some sort of tuition assistance and the total comes up to about $100,000 a year so it’s a large amount of money for us to raise but we feel like its important for us to do that because our school really reflects the diversity of our community,” says Marti Etter, executive director at The Ballet School of Stamford.
“It’s just really great to see kids who are usually not able to dance being allowed to dance,” says student Abby Mitchell.
During the event, the school’s dancers will perform a preview of their upcoming show, Coppiela. Students say they’re excited to showcase what they’ve been working on since January.
“For a lot of people you get to see a final performance, and it’s all polished and there’s costumes and there’s sets and it’s beautiful; but to get to see the work in progress and certainly to get to see how far they come from now to two months from now,” says Etter.
“It’s definitely fun for them to see what we’ve been working on for so long,” says student Claudia Portugal.
“Coppiela is one of the classic story ballets and it’s funny and it’s sweet,” says Etter.
“It’s a really family friendly and kid friendly show,” says Portugal.
“I love performing, I love coming to the studio and rehearsals, working so hard and then finally getting to showcase it,” says student Madeline Driver.
Chefs on Pointe will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 at Stamford’s Old Town Hall. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 203-358-8858. For more information visit balletschoolofstamford.org.