Atlanta Ballet, in partnership with Barnes & Noble has created a literacy project during the Nutcracker season which will benefit Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
“We saw an opportunity to use the reach we have with Nutcracker to do some additional good in the community” said Barry Hughson, Executive Director of Atlanta Ballet. “We put Nutcracker on the stage 25 times a season, so why not give our vast generous group of patrons the opportunity to help our cities schools?”
When holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Nov. 28th – Dec. 28th, look for the Nutcracker Literacy Project table filled with 18 different books selected by APS’ Director of Literacy. Three books per child, grades K-5 have been chosen. Each book has been selected to solidify classroom learning and foster a love of reading.
“Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is all about dreams coming true,” says John McFall, Artistic Director. “As the father of two little girls, I know first hand the importance of reading in children’s development. This project is a great way for Atlanta Ballet and our audience to help give local children the tools they need to attain their dreams and strengthen our community as a whole.”
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker opens on Friday, December 5th and runs through the 28th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. For more information on Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker or to purchase tickets, visit atlantaballet.com or call 404-817-8700.
Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.
Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 75-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.
Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.
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