It all started in a small room that was used for music lessons and expanded so quickly that we moved to the main Community Building within 3 weeks. Initially advertised as free ballet classes for children 6 years and older, we had 5 students in the first class – – ages 4-14! (The little sisters who tagged along to class were so darn cute that I didn’t have the heart to exclude them.) Little did I know the power of word-of-mouth communication in this small village. By the second week, we had 27 students and attendance just kept growing. Within a month, we had 74 students and decided to split the group into two classes. As they say, the rest is history.
Olón is a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The families here live simply and must travel 2-3 hours by bus to reach the nearest cities that offer ballet classes. Therefore, most of the dancers have never had the opportunity for ballet classes, much less the structured, on-going ballet training Trifecta Arts was providing free.