With natural grace


The Toledo Ballet is set to receive a grant of more than $7,000 from the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation; the Ballet will use these funds to support its adaptive dance program for youth with Down syndrome.  The program, which has been in use since fall 2009, allows dancers over 7 years old with Down syndrome  to move to the rhythms that naturally come from their bodies.  It was modeled after a similar program designed by the Boston Ballet and Boston Children’s Hospital that has seen promising results such as improved coordination, fitness, listening, self-esteem, and appreciation of music.  “The program was immediately successful and filled quickly,” said Toledo Ballet Executive Director Mari Davies. “We had numerous phone calls from parents eager to register their children, but they just could not manage the burden of the tuition.  As a result, Toledo Ballet made a commitment to look for a funding source that could help ease that burden in the future.  We feel adamant that no one should be precluded due to lack of ability to pay.”  For more information, visit