Cincinnati Ballet Spreads Joy of Dance through Live Streaming Performance for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Invites daughter of Bengals player Devon Still to appear in a guest role in Peter Pan

Download the 1415 Peter Pan Live Stream Press Release

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the November 8, 2 pm matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts will live stream directly to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, giving patients and their families the opportunity to experience the whimsical adventure without leaving their hospital rooms. The live streaming event is made possible through the generosity of Mary Ellen and Tom Cody, Lingner Group Productions & Innovative from Indianapolis with equipment donated by Bartha of Columbus. It is a dream come true for Cincinnati Ballet as part of our mission is to inspire hope and joy in the community and beyond, through the power and passion of dance.

“This is a true collaboration, says Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, “with unions waiving additional fee requirements, cooperation from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and camera operators giving their time, talent and equipment, everyone has rallied for this cause supporting pediatric cancer awareness.”

Since 2009, Cincinnati Ballet has been partnering with The Cure Starts Now Foundation to bring awareness to pediatric cancers, a cause recently brought to light locally and nationally by Leah Still, daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still. Leah, at just four years old, is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma. Her story, combined with the support generated for her by the NFL, Bengals fans and social media have helped create a much broader awareness of pediatric cancers and organizations like The Cure Starts Now.

In collaboration with The Cure Starts Now, Cincinnati Ballet recently hosted our third annual “Ballerina for a Day” event, providing a day of fun for patients of Cincinnati Children’s oncology department. Through this event, the children and their families pay a special visit to the Cincinnati Ballet Center where they get to experience a personal side of Cincinnati Ballet with makeovers, crafts, dancing and costumes. The live streaming of Peter Pan is a way for Cincinnati Ballet to share with these children a part of ballet that, until now, they may not have been able to experience – the magic and spectacle of a live performance. In addition to the live streaming event, Cincinnati Ballet has invited Leah Still to participate with a walk-on role in the production so she can make her professional dance debut. Of course, this very special appearance is subject to Leah’s current health status and her parents’ and doctor’s approval.

To learn more about how you can support The Cure Starts Now Foundation or to make a donation visit www.thecurestartsnow.org, or visit their table at the 2 pm matinee of Peter Pan November 8 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

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