Katie Holmes is teaming up with Nigel Lythgoe, creator of American show So You Think You Can Dance, Hairspray director Adam Shankman and Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba to set up the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
The organisation aims to provide scholarships and grants for talented dancers, choreographers and teachers, develop and provide support for dance programs established for underprivileged children as well as creating the "American gold standard of dance instruction", known as he DFF Accreditation Program. The scholarships for young dancers will range between $1,500 and $7,500 and will be awarded annually while community-based dance programs will "expose kids in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education".
The actress and wife of Tom Cruise, will be performing in the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance this month, and is donating her appearance fee to the fund in the hopes that her performance will create publicity for the foundation. The star spoke out about the launch: "I think it's important for children to experience music and dance. Every child should have the opportunity to discover what it is they like and have access to the very best in that pursuit."
After making her stage debut on Broadway in All My Sons, Holmes has been described as a "triple-treat", adding dancing to her already impressive CV.
By Rosie Khdir