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Get ready for a brand new dance event as Northeast Ohio’s local high school football talents are paired with Canton Ballet dancers to perform before a panel of celebrity judges at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus.  This fun and family friendly event includes a separate admission VIP Tailgate Party with a Celebrity Meet and Greet followed by a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Videographers will document the journey of the players with rehearsals, behind-the-scene footage and interviews by David Lee Morgan, Jr., author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star at the event. It will also be shared with the community through social media and Canton Ballet and Pro Football Hall of Fame websites.

Touchdowns & Tutus is conceived of and chaired by Ashley Bettis, a Canton Ballet alumna, former professional dancer and current member of the ballet’s board of trustees. Sponsorship chairs are Ben Biery and Sylvia Mackey. An advisory board includes Canton mayor Tom Bernabei, deputy mayor Fonda Williams, Lauren Capo of Q92 radio, Angela Biletnikoff, Aultcare Outreach Services VP Mike Gallina, Hall of Famer Mike Haynes, attorney Andrew Morton and Canton Repository special events reporter Todd Porter. Canton Ballet artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Admission for the performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 preferred Gold Seating. The VIP Tailgate Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student. Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.    

Proceeds from Touchdowns & Tutus will benefit School of Canton Ballet financial aid, educational outreach and live music for all ballet classes. Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Celebrities Appearing
Featured celebrities will include Cleveland Browns Daily analyst Matt Wilhelm; Sylvia (John) Mackey, Hall of Fame Class of 1992; two time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis of the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers; Emmy-nominated sports reporter Jamir Howerton; Tempy Moore, first female NFL-licensed professional artist for the Deacon Jones Foundation; renowned percussionist Elec Simon of the Cleveland Cavaliers Q-Stix and the Broadway touring company of STOMP; and Laura Alonso, international master ballet teacher and coach.

Dacia Biletnikoff, professional dancer and daughter of Oakland Raider legend and Class of 1988 Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff will perform with a surprise guest. Videos documenting the players’ journey with studio rehearsals, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews by sports journalist David Lee Morgan, Jr., will be shown. Morgan is author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star.

Participating Players

Tyler Adams    img_2118
• Louisville High School
•Wide Receiver #15
• Harvard University Commit

Griffin Baumoel   img_0200
• Canton Central Catholic
•Linebacker #24
•Navy Commit

Trey Carl    
• Minerva High School
• Defensive Tackle #56
• Two Year Letterman

Jaret Holzopfel   img_2112
• Perry High School
•Tightened End and Defensive End #85
• ” Big Time Sports Offensive Line Player of the Week” and Letterman in Football and Baseball.

Francisco Pedrozo   img_2122
• St Thomas Aquinas
• Offensive Tackle #76
• Eastern Michigan Commit

Dean Sarris         img_2119
• Glenoak High School
• Kicker #21
• Two year letterman football, soccer and track

Clayton Tabler    15267782_1034518510027151_352588355200155745_n
• Canton McKinley
• Wide Receiver #88

Gerard Berroteran   
• St Vincent St Mary
• Tightend #82

Chris Anthony  
• Massillon Washington High School
• Kent Stat University commit

Nick Binnie
• North Canton Hoover High School 
• Cornell University Baseball Commit

Choreographers

15337436_1035114123300923_3233707331103539247_n  Tanya Mucci  graduated from Kent State University in 2000 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, Tanya studied in New York City for five years.   Tanya is a part-time professor with KSU Theatre and Dance and is a dancer with Travesty Dance Group Cleveland.

Ashley Bettis
Anna Bettis
Megan Gatts Seemann
Job Raub
Angelo Lemmo
Heather Hendrix

Donors and Sponsors to date
Canton Repository
Q92
Paragraphics
James Waters of Canton Film Fest

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Old Caroline BBQ
Kats Bake Shoppe
Bomba Taco and Tequilera
George’s Lounge

Omni Orthopedics
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Pam Shaw & Thomas Roncevic
Sheetz
Lisa Gregory
Phoenix Dermatology
Diana Belden