The Orlando Ballet performance season is on hold, but its staff is hard at work to make the very reason for going dark a little more comfortable for everyone.
The wardrobe department staff has been lending their talented hands to support the Central Florida community by sewing much-needed non-medical, non-industrial-grade face coverings for local healthcare workers.
The Walt Disney World Resort has donated more than 400 yards of fabric and 2,400 yards of hard-to-find elastic to Orlando Ballet to create more face coverings. With this donation, about 3,000 face coverings can be made and distributed throughout the community. Orlando Ballet hopes to eventually make 5,000 face coverings.
“When we heard that Orlando Ballet was almost out of needed materials to create more face coverings, we knew we needed to offer support in some way,” said Walt Disney World External Affairs Director Tajiana Ancora-Brown. “We were so inspired by the important work they are doing for the community, and our costuming cast members quickly found excess fabric to repurpose in a way that would make a difference for many.”
Walt Disney World Resort has been a long-time supporter of Orlando Ballet through dance programming sponsorship, financial and in-kind support.
“It’s an honor to collaborate with one of Orlando Ballet’s longtime supporters and neighbors — Walt Disney World Resort — on this project,” said Orlando Ballet interim Executive Director Cheryl Collins. “Disney does such inspiring work in our community and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity. Orlando Ballet is extremely proud of our team and volunteers who have come together to create so many face coverings that are vital to people in Central Florida during this time.”