All children have the ability to be successful, especially when they engage in the arts, which helps build their self-esteem and confidence. The new documentary, ‘Everybody Dance,’ reveals the everyday challenges of kids with differing abilities, and how ballet has changed their lives for the better.

The feature is having it’s world premiere at the 37th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The screenings will be held this Saturday, March 5 at 10am PST at Fiesta #2 and next Sunday, March 6 at 5:40pm at Metro #3, in honor of March being National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In honor of ‘Everybody Dance’s world premiere at the festival, ShockYa is exclusively debuting the feature’s official trailer.

The director, Dan Watt, was inspired by his former boss, Simon Cowell, and mentor Morgan Spurlock, to follow his passion and dreams. Watt wanted to ask the question, how can the arts help people in everyday life?

‘Everybody Dance’ shows that dance is an empowering and equalizing force that offers children a way to feel capable and in control, as it also teaches them discipline, focus and social skills. The documentary explores the daily lives of a group of remarkable children with differing abilities, including their everyday challenges, obstacles and exhilaration, as they prepare for a dance recital. The film also follows the children as they embark on an inspiring journey of self-discovery, dedication, achievement and dance. The film features Eilidh Carter, Liam Kay, Charlie Hugus, Dakota Revel and Sarah Hansen.

For more information on ‘Everybody Dance,’ visit its official website and Instagram page.

A scene from director-producer Dan Watt’s documentary, ‘Everybody Dance.’
ShockYa's Everybody Dance Official Trailer Premiere
ShockYa's Everybody Dance Official Trailer Premiere

ShockYa is exclusively premiering the official trailer for director-producer Dan Watt's documentary, 'Everybody Dance.'

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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