Actress Katie Holmes was photographed as she gave Angelina Ballerina a hug at the Licensing International Expo at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last week (June 7). Katie was in Vegas to announce the partnership between her Dizzy Feet Foundation and Hit Entertainment’s most beloved mouse.
Holmes co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation with Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman and Carrie Ann Inaba to help underprivileged youth realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.
Through the partnership, the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow dance program – successfully piloted by HIT Entertainment at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in Bronx, New York, earlier this year – will be expanded to additional Boys & Girls Clubs locations across the nation. Scholarships will be awarded on both a regional and national level to assist outstanding students to further their dancing career.
Dizzy Feet Foundation board members include: “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes. These celebrities will guide and support the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow campaign. Various choreographers who are part of the foundation will work together to develop training and dance techniques for the Boys & Girls Clubs programs.
The Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program will roll out to at least three additional cities by Fall 2010. Four local dance scholarships, as well as one national Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow scholarship will be awarded annually to outstanding young dancers.
This nonprofit charitable organization also sponsors, funds, and offers community-based dance programs that expose kids in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education. For more information on Dizzy Feet, please visit their website.
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