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.
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.
• Glenoak High School
• Kicker #21
• Two year letterman football, soccer and track
• St Vincent St Mary
• Tightend #82
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.
Megan Gatts Seemann
Donors and Sponsors to date
James Waters of Canton Film Fest
Robert J. Events
Old Caroline BBQ
Kats Bake Shoppe
Bomba Taco and Tequilera
Pam Shaw & Thomas Roncevic