Hit Entertainment and the Dizzy Feet Foundation have announced that Angelina Ballerina will be lending her support to extend the Foundation's mission of helping children in the US pursue their dancing dreams.
The Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow dance programme was successfully piloted by Hit at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in Bronx, New York, earlier this year.
The programme will now be expanded to additional boys and girls clubs locations across the US.
As part of the partnership, scholarships will be awarded on both a regional and national level to assist outstanding young performers in advancing toward their dance education goals.
Dizzy Feet Foundation board members, including producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes, will guide and support the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow campaign.
Foundation choreographers will collaborate on developing training and dance techniques and select board members and steering committee members will make appearances at participating clubs throughout the year, to view the progress of the young dancers, as well as appearing in PSAs to run during the Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps television series.
Pam Westman, executive vice president, The Americas, Hit Entertainment said: "Working with Dizzy Feet, the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program will accomplish Angelina Ballerina's mission of encouraging young dancers to reach for their dreams.
"We are extremely proud to launch this partnership so that more children can experience the joys of dance through dance education."
The Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program will roll out to at least three additional cities by Fall 2010. Four local dance scholarships, as well as one national Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow scholarship will be awarded annually to outstanding young dancers.
"When we were approached by Hit Entertainment, we felt a partnership with Angelina Ballerina was a natural fit," said Nigel Lythgoe, co-founder of Dizzy Feet. "Together, we can extend our efforts to help children achieve their dreams to dance."