Fredrick Davis travels the world as a professional ballet dancer, but his personal journey began with a broken family and homelessness.

At age 11, Davis’ first exposure to dance changed his life. In 1998, he was encouraged to audition for the Department of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Dance Alive program offered in collaboration with Ballet Tennessee. Despite a turbulent personal life, he found inspiration and support from instructors at Ballet Tennessee, Center for Creative Arts, his church family and a caring community. As a result of his determination and the support he received, he was invited to study at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School and eventually joined the company at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Davis returns to Chattanooga every summer as a guest artist in the Dance Alive program that first inspired his love of dance.

Fredrick Davis’ story is an inspiration, exemplifying both the powerful life-saving impact of of the arts and a community's drive to provide opportunity and support for its most vulnerable citizens.

We're excited to let you know that From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis is now streaming! You can watch on your mobile device, laptop, or desktop by clicking here. If you have Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360 or Amazon Fire, you can even watch the film on your TV using the PBS app! Visit pbs.org/anywhere to learn more. 

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