Tea & Tutus for “A Soul’s Two Feet”

Jan 18, 2015

Tea and Tutus PromoFINALTo feel the pull of the dance floor, to feel the urge within to move one’s body, to hear the music and want to, need to dance.

And not be able to.

In 2012, Nicoletta Baffo established “A Soul’s Two Feet,” a scholarship fund to provide “the gift of dance.”

“A Soul’s Two Feet” was Nicoletta’s Girl Scout Gold Award. She won Soroptimist’s Violet Richardson Award for her project…it celebrates outstanding community service among teens.

Nicoletta is a parishioner of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena and has partnered with their youth group and the Pasadena Civic Ballet to allow a child from within the church community to “have access to arts training and education.”


Photo courtesy of Pasadena Civic Ballet

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Civic Ballet


Courtesy of Gina Baffo:
Nicoletta is a dancer who left home at 16 years old to advance her ballet training. She is a senior in the high school program at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA).




Nicoletta has been the recipient of scholarships to train during summer breaks. She has trained through ABT and UNCSA, which opened new avenues for her. She wanted to “gift” dance to a child who couldn’t afford ballet lessons, so she founded A Soul’s Two Feet scholarship. Each year Holy Family children apply for the scholarship through an application process. HF faculty reviews and awards the scholarship. The child takes a year of classes and performs in two productions with Pasadena Civic Ballet Company, which funds 50% of the scholarship (HF Confirmation raises funds for the other 50% as part of their community service).

Additionally, Nicoletta wanted to combine her faith and passion for dance…so her A Soul’s Two Feet project brought dance to Holy Family’s Easter Vigil where she choreographed and performed in a liturgical work to the Gloria (seen below). This is a new tradition at the church’s high holy service.




To fill the well, Holy Family Youth Confirmation presents “Tea & Tutus” on January 31st. The event will include a proper English tea provided by Bristol Farms and a performance by Pasadena Civic Ballet. Pictures with the artists are welcome and there will be prize drawings.




Tea & Tutus
Saturday, Jan. 31st, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Holy Family Parish Hall, 1527 Fremont Ave., Sth. Pasadena 91030
Cost: $20
For tickets, click here and scroll down to “Tea & Tutus”


PCB's production of Peter Pan

PCB’s production of Peter Pan


The Pasadena Civic Ballet is a pre-professional dance company that was formed in 1980. PCB is a not-for-profit organization of pre-professional and professional dancers from ages 10 and up. These are serious, talented ballet students who are accepted by audition or judgment of the director.  Referred to as the “Company”, the PCB has four divisions: Junior, Teen, Senior, and Chamber Ensemble.

Company members have the opportunity of performing in major productions before large audiences. The Company’s original presentations have included “A Christmas Carol”, “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Cinderella.”

Select Senior members of the Company have the unique opportunity to participate in study/performance tours abroad. Previous trips have included critically acclaimed tours of Europe, China, and study trips to New York and San Francisco. These trips allow the dancers to study, perform and experience other places and cultures in a way no traveling tourist ever could.

Pasadena Civic Ballet, 253 N. Vinedo Ave., Pasadena 91107


Photo of high tea by Per Mosseby from Sweden (Mt. Lavinia: Governor’s High Tea) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons




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