Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) is a 12- to 24-week in-school dance residency program for elementary schools, taught by professional teaching artists from Kansas City Ballet to live accompaniment.
As a central part of Kansas City Ballet’s Community Education programming for more than 15 years, R.O.A.D. has helped students by encouraging teamwork and by introducing an art form that many students would never experience.
This year, a R.O.A.D. winning T-shirt design was created by 10-year-old R.O.A.D. participant Emmy Barrett (pictured above). Emmy is a fourth grader from Prairie Elementary School in Prairie Village, Kan. When asked what she enjoys most about the program, Emmy said, “I enjoy runs and jumps the most because I love all of the challenges involved in it.”
She says she chose to draw this design because she wanted something that was original and new and had dance and music on it.
How did she feel when she found out her design had been selected? “I felt like the happiest person ever when I heard that I had won!”
Congratulations, Emmy! Thank you to all R.O.A.D. school students, teachers and administrators for your support and participation.
If you know of a school that may be interested in participating in the R.O.A.D. program, please contact April Berry, Community Engagement and Education Manager for Kansas City Ballet at firstname.lastname@example.org.