A ballerina is seen floating across her dining room in a hijab in Australia, another one is seen leaping in the air on a rooftop in the Philippines while another ballerina is seen showing her excellent footwork in the backyard in the United States.
32 dancers from 14 different countries are seen wearing ballet frocks and tank tops bowing in their homes strapped on to their toes presenting a virtual ballet dance for the audience to benefit the struggling dance community.
Misty Copeland is one of those dancers and is featured at first in the video. She came up with the initiative with her former colleague at work, Joseph Phillips.
She said in regards to the video, “It really felt like an opportunity to bring the dance world together and to bring our forces together.”
Misty Copeland is leading an initiative called ‘Swans for Relief’. The initiative is designed to raise funds for all the dancers in the world who have lost their jobs after all the stage performances and dance schools or offices were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Copeland told the associated press in an online zoom interview on Tuesday from her home in New York, “Once you’re let go of a company, it’s really difficult to find work again within that company.
So, I started reaching out to my friends, and it was just incredible that everyone I was reaching out to, I was just shocked that it was like: ‘yes! I’m in’.”
In a partnership with Entertainment Industry Foundation, she launched the program funded by K Period Media. The goal has been set of $500,000 to help worldwide dancers meet both their ends and arrange a living.
The video has 32 ballet dancers from countries like China, Russia, Europe, Cuba, the US, Mexico, Africa, and many more. The video displays the dancers performing iconic ballet steps by Cellist Wade Davis’ “Dying Swan”.
For Copeland, the video is also an opportunity to interact with her fans worldwide. She said, “I think that’s something I’ve been fighting for my entire career, is to truly show the representation of what the world looks like within the ballet community. You’ll see the diversity within the film.”