Make Your Purchase Count This Black Friday
Purchase a delicious couture cupcake from locally baked Miam Cake cupcakes and receive 10% off all in stock jewelry.
In addition, in each batch of 30 cupcakes there will be 5 lucky winners who will take home their very own gemstone and 2 lucky winners who will receive 4 tickets to BalletMet’s Nutcracker.
$15 per cupcake/ 2 for $25
Offer available, Black Friday, Nov-24 and Saturday, Nov. 25!
How Argo is Giving Back
For every cupcake purchase we will donate the full amount to BalletMet’s “The Wiggle Jig” and for every jewelry purchase between Nov. 24-25 we will donate 10% of the sales.
Tis the season for giving and this year our cause is “The Wiggle Jig,” a comprehensive outreach program developed by BalletMet to help children become kindergarten-ready through dance.
More About Wiggle Jig…
This program enhances students social, motor, and cognitive learning skills. Teachers also encourage self expression and critical thinking skills.
BalletMet works with a variety of public schools and Head Start Programs in the Columbus area. Programming includes 10, 20, or 25 weeks of dance classes (one class per week) taught by two dance educators and a musician, professional development for teachers, tours of BalletMet’s Dance Center, the literacy companion book Leap and Twirl, an evaluation protocol, and a yearly Family Day.
BalletMet is one of the first professional ballet companies in the United States to offer this type of comprehensive approach for young children in a community setting and we are so grateful.
To Whom is the Program Offered?
The pre-K centers that host The Wiggle Jig program serve 90 percent low socioeconomic status families in the Columbus area.
Learning through Reading, Leap and Twirl.
In 2012, BalletMet collaborated with playwright Steven C. Anderson and illustrator Sarah DeAngulo Hout to publish a children’s book, Leap and Twirl.
This children’s book serves as a resource for students and invites family involvement. The story tells of how Leap, a frog, and Twirl, a squirrel, discover the joys of dancing through classes with teaching artists from BalletMet. The plot follows a typical preschool day, but includes dance as well. Throughout the story, the characters dance in a circle; make creative shapes with their bodies; and move like bees, bears, and butterflies. Anderson’s rich movement descriptions allow children to follow along with the story and take part in the dance.
Every participating child receives a copy of the book during the program’s residency, and several lesson plans accompany the story for BalletMet teaching artists to use in the classroom. To increase community awareness about The Wiggle Jig, BalletMet holds periodic readings of Leap and Twirl at local libraries, bookstores, and National Dance Day events. The book is available for loan from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and for sale at the BalletMet Dance Center, and various other locations including BarnesandNoble.com.
Making an Impact in the Local Community
BalletMet’s The Wiggle Jig program is a model of how a professional ballet company can provide young students with a fun and educational movement curriculum. Furthermore, exposure to dance promotes cultural literacy in participating children through their participation and exposure to the art form. It is clear that The Wiggle Jig can make dance and movement accessible to a large population of young students and give classroom teachers the tools to include movement in daily curricula.
BalletMet continues to enhance The Wiggle Jig and is grateful for opportunities like Argo & Lehne’s Black Friday: Cupcakes for a Cause to allow the program to gain awareness and the ability to fund more classes in the area. To learn more about The Wiggle Jig visit Balletmet’s site here.
A Warm Thank You to All!
From A&L, Miam Cake, Balletmet and the children of the program.