Dance Me a Story; Exploring Literature through BalletDance me a story logo

Imaginations come to life as we read classic stories, turn on the music, grab a costume, and DANCE!
Implemented in 2014, Dance Me a Story is a fun interactive dance program for people of all ages encouraging reading through the vehicle of ballet. Dance Me a Story gives the participant a physical and imaginative way of interpreting a piece of literature by taking specific passages from a book and translating the words into creative movement. In the process, participants are exposed to the fine arts and how choreographers use literature to inspire the creation of their ballets. Ballet Quad Cities ties in their performance season by offering Dance Me a Story programs that connect with the current season's. 
Since 2014, Dance Me a Story has reached over 14,000 people of all ages. In addition to offering programs at over 30 libraries across the region, we have continued to expand this program into senior communities, Spring Forward Learning Center, Skip-a-Long Child Development Services, Handicapped Development Center, The ARC of the Quad City Area, Boys and Girls Club of America, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Martin Luther King Center, and many local arts organizations including the Figge Art Museum, German American Heritage Center, Quad City Symphony Orchestra and many more.  Starting in 2016, we have implemented this program into local school district Language Arts and Benchmarks for 1st grade classrooms with the Davenport, Rock Island/Milan, and Muscatine school districts.
Dance Me a Story has received funding from RDA, The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, The Bechtel Trusts, Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Arts Council Agency), as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, Quad City Arts Dollar$, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and John Deere, Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation I, Inc., Rock Island Community Foundation, Junior Board of Rock Island, and a variety of individuals.
If you are interested in a program, please call us at (309)786-3779.

Kids in masks dancing