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Edison Ballet Dancer's Dream to Appear on “Chasing News”

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Cahser, Sibile Marcellus, of "Chasing News" on My9 interviewed Grace McCann of Edison who dreams of attending ballet school over the summer at the University of NC. Credits: Christine McCann
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EDISON, NJ - Grace McCann's dream of attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Intensive for Classical Ballet this summer is getting a little closer to becoming reality with some help from Sibile Marcellus of “Chasing News” on My9.

Earlier this month, the TAP into Edison reported on the benefit performance sponsored by Edison Arts Society featuring McCann to help raise the $5000 needed to attend the special ballet school this summer. The story caught the eye “Chasing News” Chaser, Sibile Marcellus.

"When I heard of Grace's incredible talent and desire to pursue dance professionally, despite her financial challenges, I wanted to help,” Marcellus said. “Hopefully viewers will be moved by Grace's story and want to help Grace achieve her dream."

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Marcellus reached out to McCann's mother Christine and arranged to tell her daughter's story which will appear on Monday, May 25 on “Chasing News” at 10 p.m. on My9 and 12:30 a.m. on FOX29Philly.

The filming for this special segment occurred on Monday at Lustig Dance Theatre Dance and Wellness Studio in New Brunswick where McCann studies dance, ballet in particular. During the filming, McCann was assisted by her teacher and principal of the dance theatre, Peggy Petteway, along with Seyong Kim, one of the professional company dancers at Lustig who taught McCann the Grand Pas from Le Corsaire and performed it with her at the benefit.

"We are so grateful to Ms. Peggy and her other teacher Ms. Nancy Dow for all their nurturing and training," Christine McCann said." Graham Lustig and Lustig Dance Theatre have been so supportive to Grace that we can't thank them enough."

Filming the segment was a little different than being filmed by her mom while performing. McCann sometimes had to hold the GoPro camera provided by Marcellus to film herself while she danced. This unique perspective from the subject is a trademark style of “Chasing News” reporting.



"When Sibile came in she looked around and got to work right away with her GoPro camera," Christine McCann added. "She wanted to utilize the studio and light from the windows to make it look great."

It's not every day you participate in an interview that will be seen on TV across the state. During the filming Marcellus filmed McCann as she put on her ballet shoes and explained all the steps she takes to prepare her shoes for class.

"Watching Grace get interviewed was very exciting! I am so proud of how she handled herself and how she shared her story," Christine McCann boasted. "I also love to watch her perform, so that was also nice to see her do Swan Lake again and partner with Seyong Kim for Le Corsaire. It was just beautiful."

McCann auditioned in January in New York and was accepted into the Classical Ballet Intensive program. To date she has raised more than half  of the $5000 needed to attend the ballet school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The McCann's are hoping people will watch the “Chasing News” segment and make a donation to fulfill a dream.

"The interview with Sibile was amazing since I've never had this sort of opportunity before. She was very generous and kind to help share my story," Grace McCann concluded. "Overall I cannot be anymore thankful for all the generosity I've received in the last two months. This interview made it even more special and I can't wait to continue my ballet studies at UNCSA!"

The UNCSA Classical Ballet Intensive runs from June 21 through July 25. The curriculum is designed to give students aged 12 to 21 an immersive experience in traditional Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men's Class, Pas de Deux, Character, and Classical Repertory taught by UNCSA faculty and our distinguished guest artists.

Contributions can be made out to the Edison Arts Society, 15 Midland Road, Edison, NJ 08820. Specify for Grace McCann.

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