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Elementary Students Experience the Power of Storytelling through the Arts

On Friday, April 7th over 1400 SBUSD elementary students in grades 1 through 6 attended the State Street Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at the Granada Theater. Attendance and transportation costs for all SBUSD schools were covered through the generosity of Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Leni Fe Bland Performing Arts Partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to promote equitable access to the arts in education. Dr. Ronzone, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, notes that the performance and accompanying study guide were aligned with ELA standards, in particular storytelling. The guide provided teachers with background information and pre and post instructional activities designed to help students make connections between the text of a story/drama and the visual presentation of the text/drama. Cecily Stewert, the State Street Ballet’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, welcomed the students, provided introductory remarks and a mid-performance mini-lesson where students had the opportunity to practice some dance moves. She also led a question and answer discussion with students following the performance. As students left the theater, they expressed enthusiasm for the performance. One student noted to Dr. Ronzone that she “…had never been in a theater before and that coming to a professional performance made her feel special and oh! rich!!” The student asked that whoever helped get “all these students to a beautiful theater to see people dance the Cinderella story earned a big thank you!” Many thanks to the State Street Ballet, Principals, teachers and the Leni Fe Fund for providing this opportunity to our students.