A group of dancers from the Cleveland City Ballet Studio will be participating in the National Water Dance being held in Chattanooga on Saturday at 4 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is invited.
Directed by Cleveland City Ballet Instructor Monica Ellison, the dancers from CCB will join dancers from 15 different dance organizations in the Chattanooga area to celebrate and highlight the dance project. The National Water Dance celebration is an evolution of the Florida Waterway Dance Project which was a statewide water awareness project held in 2011. This event will be held all over the country with simultaneous environmental performances going on in each state.
“The purpose is to raise awareness and attention to the fragility of our country’s water systems and water supply by using the arts — and specifically dance — to engage our young dancers and their families, and then to use a presentation of dance performance in culmination of their efforts,” said Connie Gatlin, director at Cleveland City Ballet Bang-A-Rang Productions.
The Cleveland City Ballet dancers will be one of 16 groups working together for this cause. The CCB dancers have been working for two months to learn the choreography and to perfect their performance to be included in the presentation at the Chattanooga Aquarium. Monica is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she graduated with a degree in ballet and modern dance. She has been an asset to the CCB family for the past seven years. Cleveland City Ballet’s goal is to be proactive in creating quality dance training for their students and using the art of dance to effectively reach the community.