Dance Me a Story; Exploring Literature through Ballet

Implemented in 2014, Dance Me a Story complements Ballet Quad Cities’ season with public programs that tie together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography.  Participants first learn how the literature inspires the choreographer and dancers, then see costumes, head pieces, props and pointe shoes—all important elements to bring the story to life. In 2014-15, Ballet Quad Cities offered 77 Dance Me a Story programs that reached more than 3,100 individuals across the Quad Cities. These focused on five literary classics: Dracula, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Ugly Duckling.

In addition to offering the program at libraries, we take Dance Me A Story to the Martin Luther King Center, Spring Forward Learning Center, Skip-a-Long Family and Community Services, and Boys & Girls Clubs. Watch the video from a Dance Me A Story at the Clover Public Library in Woodhull, Illinois.

Dance Me a Story has received support from The Bechtel Trusts, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, Illinois Humanities Council, Iowa Arts Council, and Humanities Iowa.