Meet Tuany and her inspiring ballet project in a Rio’s slum


tuany nascimento by sebastian gil miranda
Photo: Sebastian Gil Miranda

Alemão, a complex of favelas occupying the rolling hills of northern Rio de Janeiro, is better known for violent outbursts and gang associations than inspiring artistic initiatives. Since 2012, Tuany Nascimento’s project Na Ponta dos Pés (or “On Tip Toes”), an open ballet class for local girls, has been seeking to change that.

In this project, global video channel Nowness, New York-based journalist Ayelet Vardi, and São Paulo-based filmmaker André Lion capture an intimate profile of the dancer/teacher, where she discusses her vow to keep the young women of her community on their toes, and hopefully influence their futures for the better.

Check out also On Tip Toe by photographer Sebastian Gil Miranda.



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