Location – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Project – The Vidançar Charity began in 2009 as an initiative to offer underprivileged children from the favelas the opportunity to express themselves through the art of ballet. To enroll the children need to be registered to a school, have good grades as well as their vaccinations portfolio up to date. It was a great success and since, each year the project has grown.
Vidançar uses classical ballet as part of a pedagogical development process. This includes exercises, which requires concentration, discipline and muscle strength, alongside educational activities, which teach the value of education, respect for others, and help raise the self-esteem of children.
The aims are to provide children with the ability to think quickly; develop body language and agility; develop fast and light movements to improve motor skills; train their memory; provide social skills and develop the ability to work in groups, among many other things. It started as a small project with 12 girls and, after continuously successful results, today after 10 years around two hundred children, boys and girls, are part of this project which has grown and now includes also hip hop, football and most recently passinho. The children take part in ballet and hip hop performances at various events, allowing them to come forward and feel the warm applause of the public to stimulate their personal and professional growth. Several pupils have even entered the ballet school of Rio’s Teatro Municipal, considered the Royal Ballet of Brazil, and two students also got into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet. The Vidançar Dance School also provides the children with the opportunity to do activities that otherwise would not be possible due to their economic situation, such as trips to cultural attractions, Children’s Day and Christmas parties with distributions of toys, clothes and hygiene kits.
Our Support – The LATA Foundation has helped through the years funding a variety of needs, from ballet and football clothes and equipment (balls, mirrors, etc), the building rent, Christmas gifts, and teachers salaries.
How can you help? – Donate just £4 to provide a child with ballet shoes. Donate here