DANCE WITH US

By Joshua Jones

“It would break my heart each time” said Sandy Flury, Administrator of the Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann Campus, Park City. “We have parents—still in their hotel uniforms—bring in their kids for a tour of the facility.” These visits from Latino families usually happen after Academy students perform Outreach programs at local schools. “You can tell the kids have the ambition, and the parents support them, but when we discuss cost, there is an immediate gloom and they leave. It hurts every time.”

 

Sandy’s face lights up, “But that is all about to change.”

 

In April 2017, thanks to a gift from The Solomon Fund, Park City Community Foundation launched a new initiative to facilitate access to sports and recreation opportunities for low-income Latino children. “We believe it is critical that all children have the opportunity to participate in these activities,” said Diego Zegarra, Development and Special Projects Manager. “Our goal is to have 21 percent Latino participation in programs that are being offered in Park City, mirroring the percentage of students in our school district.”

 

Earlier in the summer, Sandy, along with representatives of several sports organizations and afterschool programs, visited Spanish Mass at Summit County churches to let parents know of all the opportunities available to their children. “This initiative from the Park City Community Foundation addresses several barriers that have obstructed children from easily participating in after school programs. Key among those are being able to discuss the opportunities directly with parents, or decision makers,” said Sandy.  “To make it as accessible as possible, the Foundation has translated Ballet West materials, they will provide transportation to and from camps, and the funding will provide ballet shoes.”

 

Because of an overwhelming response at local churches, Sarah West, Vice President of Development, reached out to Park City residents to find more support to allow as many children as possible to attend the camps. Bob and Bobbie Greenfield responded to Sarah and offered to hold a fundraising reception in their home. An outpouring of donations meant that 21 little girls will be introduced to dance this summer. Four hours a day, for a week in August, they’ll learn tap, modern, jazz, and ballet at one of three camps: Story Book, Pop Star, and Dance Camp.

 

Sandy and Sarah are already preparing another outreach to both the Latino Community and Ballet West donors to keep the program going into the fall. To help, contact Sarah at swest@balletwest.org or call 801·869·6936.

 

Thanks to our friends who donated money to support this initiative:

Park City Community Foundation

The Solomon Fund

Nancy Borgenicht

Liz Fannon

Bob and Bobbie Greenfield

Judy and Don Horwitz

Joyce Lehrfeld

Michele Luke

Jennifer Malherbe

Hilary and Ben Nitka

Stephany Poce

Carrie and Jeff Schwartz

Jill and Richard Sheinberg

Lisa and Joel Shine

Terri Smith

Sarah and Rich West