BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Ballet Theater's Youth Ballet performs free at more than 30 venues each summer, venues like neighborhood community centers, area retirement homes, etc. The East Baton Rouge Parish main library on Goodwood Boulevard was one of their stops in June, 2015.
The youth ballet is under the direction of several people, one of whom is Rebecca Matthews Acosta. A fellow ballet member and good friend of Rebecca's, Ryn Jones, nominated Rebecca for WAFB's Hand It On series.
"She's early there, staying late. She has her own family," Ryn explains. "She'll take dancers if they need transportation. She just - she's instilling in these kids that participate the importance of giving back to the community."
Ryn continued, "Rebecca dedicates countless hours from preparing the dancers to fixing costumes. She represents the true spirit of what Hand It On is all about."
Rebecca thought WAFB was at the library to do a story on the ballet. But little did she know WAFB was there for Hand It On. When Ryn called Rebecca to the stage after the performance and handed her $300 from Hand It On, Rebecca began shaking.