Every few days during the school year, a class of MPS 4th graders spills into the lounge of the Milwaukee Ballet School.
They drop off their backpacks then hurry to change clothes. In a few minutes, the 20 students reappear - the girls dressed in leotards and tights, the boys in white t-shirts and shorts - and all are wearing ballet slippers.
Nine-year-old Karena Hurtdo-Reyes explains the program’s name. “Relevè means to rise up,” she says.
After translating the French word, she demonstrates relevè by pressing up on her tiptoes and holding her balance.