Alberta Ballet Classes Support Youth Mental and Physical Health in Partnership with Calgary Centre for Newcomers
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For Immediate Release
CALGARY, AB - Media are invited for photo and interview opportunities at the final class of a six-week program partnership between Alberta Ballet and the Centre for Newcomers (565 36 St. NE #125) on Saturday, July 29 at 2:40pm.
Since June, Alberta Ballet has offered a free beginner ballet class every Saturday for immigrant youth ages 10-13 onsite at the Centre for Newcomers in northeast Calgary. Live piano music accompanies each class while youth learn the basics of ballet in a fun and welcoming environment.
The program aims to support newcomer youth and their families as they navigate the challenges of settling into a new community. Alberta Ballet beginner classes provide youth a space to express themselves, strengthen self-confidence, socialize, learn about Canadian cultural activities and support their physical and mental health at a time when they can feel vulnerable, anxious or homesick.
The classes are offered for free at the Centre for Newcomer facility where newcomers can access a variety of other services including English language training, career development, and financial literacy support. This partnership supports newcomers at a time when funding cuts are threatening services for new Canadians. With the number of immigrants expected to rise in Calgary in the coming year, partnerships with organizations like Alberta Ballet will be essential to support new Canadians.
MEDIA INVITE DETAILS
Where: Centre for Newcomers, 565 36 St NE #125, Calgary
When: Saturday, July 29, 2023
2:40pm – Video and photo opportunities of class in session
3:00pm – Interview availability with:
- Taryn Klassen (she/her), Director of Open and Provincial Programs & Head of Junior School
- Noel Bahliby, Director of Youth Department, Centre for Newcomers
- Youth participant of program
- Parent/Guardian of youth participating in program
About Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet ignites the curiosity and imagination of people in communities across the province, and beyond, by championing their stories and experiences through dance training, creation, and performances. Through both the originality of its programming and the talent of its classically-trained dancers, Alberta Ballet has become a world-class arts organization Albertans are proud to call their own.
Learn more about Alberta Ballet Classes for all ages at: albertaballet.com
About Centre for Newcomers
The Centre for Newcomers provides training programs and collaborative support services for thousands of immigrants and refugees each year to promote full integration, cultural diversity, community participation and citizenship. For more information, visit centrefornewcomers.ca
Alberta Ballet Media Contact
Alberta Ballet Communications Advisor