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  3. Roxey Ballet’s Celebrating Diversity assembly uses a variety of contemporary dance styles to tell stories and
    convey emotions about some of the most significant social issues in the world today: racial, religious and ethnic
    diversity and the need for people to be tolerant of differences among the people of the world. Some people
    require mechanical devices to assist them such as wheelchairs or crutches. Some people don’t speak English
    well. Some people wear clothing, jewelry or hair styles that cause them to stand out from the group.So people
    are a difference skin color. But we are all beautiful in the body we have....
    Lack of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of the differences among people is as timely as the war in Iraq, and
    as local as the problem of bullying in our schools. All addressed in this award winning program.
    Each of the pieces in Celebrating Diversity concerns a different aspect of this diversity. The members of the
    company personally introduce themselves as the program opens with a combination of dance and dialogue.
    The acclaimed Roxey Ballet dancers are from different countries in the world and students will identify with one
    of their personal stories. They speak initially in their native languages as each dancer identifies his/her ethnic
    heritage and what makes them different and unique. This introduction brings the issue of the differences among
    people and similarities into immediate and personal focus for each child and teacher.
    The program opens with a street-wise break dancer with a classical ballerina presenting a culture clash in an
    amusing context. Members of the audience immediately recognize the “type” represented by each dancer and
    are instantly curious about how they will interact. Additional pieces focus on the impact of the Holocaust of
    World War II; The oppression of people around the world; two bullies; and a talented “sit down” dancer who
    performs in a wheelchair ask she breaks down all walls and preconceptions of disability

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