Invitation to the Dance



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Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Invitation to the Dance introduces Lena Forster and her adult special needs ballet class. Filmmaker Sarah Shoemaker follows five students through a year of dance and life, offering viewers the opportunity to glimpse a perspective frequently overlooked, to listen to voices frequently unheard, and to witness the experiences of those who are impacted by the dancers. The film seeks to explore questions about life, community, and our ability to appreciate both the gifts and the limits of each of us.

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Director Biography - Sarah Shoemaker

Producer, actress, and non-profit Executive Director Sarah Shoemaker has enjoyed a diverse career as a creator. She began as a professional dancer (Charleston Ballet, SC), choreographer (TD Bank Wow! Awards, Augusta Players), and Director of Dance for independent schools (Ensworth School, Brentwood Academy, TN). She transitioned from the dance industry to work as an actor in independent film, tv, and commercial projects. After a move to Greenville, SC with her husband and two children in 2014, Ms. Shoemaker discovered Lena Forster and her work with adults with intellectual disabilities at International Ballet. She spent the following several years learning how to edit and produce a film about Forster and her work while also serving International Ballet as Marketing Director. In 2019, Ms. Shoemaker was promoted to Executive Director. Along with her new responsibilities, she continues to produce videos and short films.

Director Statement

Invitation to the Dance intends to show the ability that all people have to change the world for the better. As Carmen says in the film, "Everyone has limitations," but as Carmen and others demonstrate, everyone also has the power to inspire. I hope I have captured that power in the film.


Directed by Sarah Shoemaker

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