Two brothers with the desire of teaching youth are bringing ballet to Norwalk.
"Any place where there's kids and dance, there is joy," said Adam Holms, Artistic Director of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet.
Adam Holms, a professional ballet dancer and his brother Officer Christopher Holms of the Norwalk Police Department have launched the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet.
"Ballet is all about discipline. It is all about being part of a history, a lineage. Ballet has been around for hundreds of years. It has outlasted other art forms and to be a part of that family to me is one of the most exciting things," said Adam who joined the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City at the age of 16 and went on to dance at the Northwest Florida Ballet. Adam graduated from Butler University with double major in secondary education and ballet before becoming an eighth grade U.S. History teacher.
"I've been a police officer here in Norwalk for almost 18 years. I wanted, right when I got there, to make Norwalk better than how I found it. The arts cater to a population that's really not represented,"said Officer Christopher Holms who serves as chief advisor for the police department's Police Explorers' program as well as head of the DARE program in the city's schools.
While the brothers may be different, they share a passion of teaching and encouraging kids in the community.
"There is so much untapped potential out there. I see if all the time in schools. When I mention my brother does ballet, a lot of kids say, "your brother" And I say ok so what does a ballet dancer look like and it's always the same exact image. We are breaking those barriers," said Christopher.
"What better way to celebrate childhood and youth then through the art of dancing while creating a sense of discipline and just a love of self. I want to prepare kids for a life in the arts but also a life to have the arts in their lives," added Adam.
And dancers say the studio is helping them follow their dreams.
"I like that you can portray a character while dancing and you can just be beautiful. It really is nice because you can just be free when you dance," said Anna Davis, a ballerina at the studio.
Abbie Perez began her ballet career under the director of Adam Holms. "He has made me the dancer I am today and not only has been about the technique which is what he does but it's fun. He makes it fun and he makes you want to come back which is so important. I love this new studio and just for other people to have the opportunity to dance with him. I've gotten into many summer programs that are challenging because of him."
"Everyone is working towards the same goal so we all have common interest and we all just relate to each other and have a good time. It's just nice to be friends with ballerinas and dancers and the whole ballet atmosphere," said Emma Kelly a seasoned ballerina.
Classes begin on Monday, September 8th. For more information about the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, visit www.nmyb.org