Ballet can help children learn valuable life skills that are critical for success on and off the dance floor.
On graduation day at "Ballet Foundations," music fills the air as the little dancers show off what they've learned.
"Ballet Foundations" is a class that builds confidence and life-skills in third graders. It is directed by Julie Sunderland of the Cincinnati Ballet.
"The hopes are that they learn a plié and tendu, but also that they really learn how to stand up nice and tall, shoulders down and back, eye contact, thank you, 'please', 'Miss' and 'Mister'. So we're about teaching respect and teaching how to dance," said Sunderland.
Students come from all economic backgrounds, chosen from outreach programs at their schools.
Tuition is free and so is their dance attire.
"It's a way of bringing people together in this city that I don't know exists in another way and learning from each other," said Sunderland.
Through dance, children learn creativity, flexibility and balance.
They learn to believe in themselves and what they can accomplish.
"We're working on your self-esteem, how to carry yourself in the world," said Sunderland.
Another benefit of ballet is academics.
According to the National Dance Education Organization, students with high involvement in the arts tend to perform better on standardized tests.
The same can be said of most students involved in some form of activity through school.