Ethan Minton

Maine high school student brings ballet to Tanzania!
Maine high school student brings ballet to Tanzania!

Holly Perkins, a senior at Merriconeag Waldorf High School in New Gloucester, volunteered in Africa two years ago, during an extended visit with her family to a rural orphanage in Tanzania. Holly fell in love with the children, the staff and the countryside. Even before she returned to Maine she knew she would visit the southeastern African nation again.

In April, Holly returned to the Rift Valley Children’s Orphanage in Tanzania where she offered the children their first ballet lessons. She brought dozens of leotards, tights and ballet slippers, donated through Maine State Ballet in Falmouth, the studio where she has danced for the past decade.

The Rift Valley Children’s Village is an orphanage in northern Tanzania, and it is supported largely through the non-profit Tanzanian Children’s Fund. The founder, India Howell, is a former resident of Portland. The Village provides a home for about 65 young people, from infants to teenagers. The children are adopted by the Village, so that they can live there until adulthood.

Holly and Dave Perkins on ‘CLZ:

Video slideshows from Holly’s trip:

Holly 1

Holly 2

About Ethan

Email: ethan@989wclz.com

Why radio?
I’ve always loved music and after many less-than-successful years trying to play the piano and the viola growing up I’ve found the perfect way to satisfy my passion and get paid to do it!

Why CLZ?
When I was offered the position of program director I couldn’t believe my good fortune. After all these years of playing what I was told to play I finally had the opportunity to play the music I really love. And now when I discover something new that I think deserves some airtime, I don’t have to look at the charts, I just put it on the radio!

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I have two daughters. Ages five and 27!

What was your first concert?
My first show would have been at City Hall Auditorium (now Merrill) to see the Portland Symphony Orchestra. My mother was a violinist in the symphony! The first show I really enjoyed was The Kinks at the Civic Center in ’82 or ’83.

TV shows you can’t miss?
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I love the fact that he’s as funny as they come and yet is one of the best interviewers I’ve ever seen. And, The Office…squirm…laugh…squirm…laugh.

What is your favorite place in Maine?
Monhegan Island. There’s nothing quite like taking the ferry out of New Harbor and arriving in what seems like another world. Oh, and I’m partial to Bradbury Mountain.

What is your secret talent?
I can balance (almost) anything I can lift on my chin including a guitar and a 24-foot extension ladder.

Most embarrassing moment?
I was working my first radio job at a small station in Sedona, Arizona but I was also a waiter at an upscale restaurant. One night I recommended our house dressing – black-pepper vinaigrette. Except the word "pepper" didn’t come out quite right.