HIT Entertainment is collaborating with the Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) to expand its youth dance program nationally. The Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow campaign successfully ended its pilot program in the Bronx earlier this year, and the organizations plan to expand into at least three other cities’ Boys & Girls Clubs outside of New York this fall.
The partnership with DFF includes a dance scholarship–four to be awarded locally and one nationally–as well as access to DFF choreographers and special appearances by celebrity members of the Foundation.
Board members for DFF include Nigel Lythgoe, producer of So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol, and Katie Holmes, who will help guide the program as it develops. These members, as well as others on the DFF steering committee, will make public service announcements promoting the program, to be aired during the Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps television show on PBS KIDS.
Katie Holmes, co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation whose mission is to help children nationwide pursue their dancing dreams, helped unveil Angelina Ballerina as the latest celebrity partner to join the Foundation. Dizzy Feet Foundation co-founders also include So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who started the foundation to improve and increase access to dance education in the US.