About 18 girls and boys put on new ballet shoes and mirrored an instructor’s movements. They turned out their feet to demi-plie — down, one-two, up, three-four — and they pointed their toes in tendu.
Many of the children, who live with their mothers at Durham Rescue Mission’s homeless shelter, had never seen a ballet performance or tried the moves themselves.
But on Thursday, they got free ballet slippers and a dance lesson from members of the Cary Ballet Company as part of a new community-outreach program that hopes to bring the art of dance to women’s shelters throughout the area.
“I’ve always wanted to get my daughter into dance,” said Tia Harris, 29, who has been staying at the Good Samaritan Inn shelter through Durham Rescue Mission for more than a year. Her 4-year-old daughter, Zimora, excitedly twirled around the room during the event at the shelter.