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Copeland leads dancers in virtual ballet for charity

Copeland leads dancers in virtual ballet for charity
Posted at 8:25 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 11:25:42-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-two dancers from 14 countries have performed a ballet for a virtual audience to benefit the struggling dance community.

"Swans for Relief" is an initiative created by the American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer, Misty Copeland, and a former colleague.

It's designed to raise funds for dancers all over the world who have lost their jobs after ballet performances were shut down due to COVID-19.

A $500,000 goal has been set to help ballet dancers maintain their living expenses, since so many ballet companies and venues are closed.