Staying 'en pointe' in the New Year: Northwest Florida Ballet to hold Resolution Run Jan. 19


Northwest Florida Ballet Académie students donned their tutus to run in last year's Resolution Run. More than 400 runners participated in the 2012 event to benefit the Ballet and the Académie.

Bob Barton | Special to The Sun
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 08:00 AM.

Lace up your slippers or running shoes and walk, run or pirouette your way to fitness at The Northwest Florida Ballet's third annual Resolution Run Jan. 19 in Fort Walton Beach.

"Please join us," said NFB Artistic Director and CEO Todd Allen, of the run planned to help people start their New Year right, get in shape and have fun.

No matter your age or level of fitness, there are many options for participation. As a bonus, the registration fees help fortify local educational and artistic efforts.

"This 10K, 5K run-walk will be held at the Fort Walton Beach Landing with all proceeds going to NFB and NFB Académie," said Allen. "We are always excited to incorporate our fundraising efforts with a fitness event. As dancers our bodies are our instrument and we must keep them in excellent condition."

One-third of the Académie students are considered financially at-risk, and events like the Resolution Run lend a much needed financial boost to already strained budgets which support the school's efforts to instruct its students in French, dance, music and art.

The nationally acclaimed public school has 140 third through eighth grade students, who are taught traditional subjects in addition to fine-arts curriculum to offer blossoming ballet dancers the opportunity to meet their artistic potential. The No. 3 ranked Florida school also recently expanded its offerings with a pre-professional program, which allows students to continue their studies at the Académie through high school.

The students come from throughout Northwest Florida, with many attending the Fort Walton school from South Walton. In addition to the support from students and parents, President of the Northwest Florida Ballet Board of Directors Kevin Greene says the support from the South Walton community as a whole has been staggering.

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