NFL Films Coming to Canton for “Touchdowns and Tutus” http://artsinstarkblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Griffin20Baumoel20and20Isabella20Hellmann20perform20at20201720Touchdowns20and20Tutus-300×285.jpg

Touchdowns and Tutus — the event that pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas was such a hit its first year — that NFL films is coming to cover it this year.  To start, Producer/Director Greg Frith will bring his film crew to the 5 pm auditions for football players to be held on Sunday October 8 at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North).   The Emmy Award winning Frith has produced a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl, and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.  Then next spring Frith and his team will return for the big performance on March 10, 2018 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.  Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly.  Each couple will rehearse a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.  To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220.  For all other event related information, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet. The Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark County community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.

Pictured: are  Griffin Baumoel — linebacker for the Canton Central Catholic “Crusaders” (at US Naval Academy now) and Isabella Hellmann — Junior at Hoover High School (a 10-year Canton Ballet student.)