July 28, 2006 by cosmoakacitizensmith
The Ballet de Santa Teresa was started when a little girl from a favela called Lais started pestering a ballet dancer called Vânya for a lesson. One thing led to another and now the project occupies a little shed in the Santa Teresa area, once home to Ronnie Biggs, and lots of kids come there for ballet, hip hop and all sorts….. Their website is here.
It’s run on absolutely nothing and the volunteers are fantastic. One of them explained to me how there is a war in the favela up the road from them. Some of the children don’t know where to run where the shooting starts. They don’t feel safe. Many of them have lost family and friends.
As you can see from the looks on their faces, one thing they do here is provide kids with a much-needed resource: a childhood.