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Those who still live out in the community, go to work, go to school, or go to their volunteer activities every Friday, may wonder what residents of senior living facilities do each day. Yesterday afternoon, many of us who live here in the villas and the assisted living facility at The Fountains of Franklin attended a ballet right here in the dining room!

A troupe of young people, now in a two-year apprenticeship with the Nashville Ballet, brought their delightful program to us, and we watched these talented dancers present Aesop’s Fables.

A smooth surface covered the floor, and Greek “columns” and other screens formed the backdrop for the production. Through music and dance, the troupe presented their beautiful renditions of The Grasshopper and the Ants, The North Wind and the Sun, The Fox and the Crow, and The Hare and the Tortoise.

At the end of the show, the dancers introduced themselves, told where they were from, how old they were, and how long they had been dancing. The troupe included one twenty-year-old man and five young women, ages seventeen to twenty. Most had been dancing since they were three years old, and they had each moved to Nashville from places as far away as California and New York to be in this special training program. At the end of their residency, only a few will be offered contracts with the senior company, but now, each one is gaining valuable experience.

The Nashville Ballet offers these presentations to schools, community centers, and senior living facilities as a way to reach out, educate, and create interest in the art of ballet.   I’m thankful they came!

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