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On Monday, September 21st, WTCI will host an evening surrounding the premiere screening of the one-hour documentary “From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis” at the historic Tivoli Theatre.  WTCI’s Emmy Award-winning production team has followed Fred’s life in Chattanooga, New York and beyond as his talent, passion and dedication took him to the national stage. 

“From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis” celebrates his triumph over adversity and proves the incredible power of the arts to change lives.  Fredrick Davis was an 11-year old boy in a Chattanooga housing project, facing a childhood of despair, poverty, hunger and homelessness when a Recreation Center employee introduced him to the City-sponsored Dance Alive program.  That moment changed Fred’s life.  As a teenager, Fred faced his grandmother and caregiver’s imminent death. 

His grandmother asked their support team; Ballet Tennessee, the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts and their church to help him keep that dream of dancing professionally alive after her death.  Those Chattanooga partners came together and today Fredrick Davis is an internationally-performing ballet dancer.  He returns to his hometown to teach today’s children through the City-sponsored Dance Alive program.  His strength of will and determination to overcome those challenges is an inspiration to all.

WTCI partnered with the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs and Youth and Family Development Department to host a free public premiere at the Tivoli Theatre on Monday, September 21st at 5 PM.  Throughout the week there will be other events, including Masters Classes at Youth and Family Development Centers that celebrate dance, the arts and this inspiring story.  Fredrick will be the featured radio guest on Monday, September 14th at 7 PM on the “PEP Talk” show with “Coach” Lurone Jennings on Groove 93 WMPZ.  Fredrick will be the guest on WGOW 102.3 on Wednesday, September 16 with host Jeff Styles and he will join Shane Morrow and the Jazzanooga show on Groove 93 WMPZ at 7 PM on Sunday, September 20th.

Guests at the free, public premiere will enjoy resources from Chattanooga’s vibrant arts community and get to experience exciting and innovative media elements with the PBS Anywhere Lounge.  Community partners include 100 Black Men of Chattanooga, ARTS BUILD, Ballet Tennessee, Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (COPAC), the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at UTC (SCEA), and the Youth and Family Development Department, providing resources and a photo booth recording testimonials celebrating the arts before students from Ballet Tennessee take the stage in a performance.

Fredrick Davis, a Chattanooga son, will be presented with a joint City and County Proclamation by City Mayor Andy Berke and County Mayor Jim Coppinger.  Event emcee Stacy Lightfoot will introduce Anna Van Cura and this year’s Dance Alive students who will perform a scene from the “Lion King” honoring Fredrick and sponsors and event partners will be celebrated before the lights go down for the public premiere of “From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis.”

Tickets for this FREE public screening are available at or by calling 423-702-7804.  Produced by WTCI, Chattanooga’s community PBS station, this one-hour documentary was made possible by support from Blood Assurance, EPB Fiber Optics, First Tennessee Foundation, George R. Johnson Family Foundation, Friends of Fredrick Fund, the Hunt-Mingus Memorial Fund and the Lyndhurst Foundation.

Tune in to WTCI on Thursday, September 24th at 8 PM for the broadcast premiere of the film with encore broadcasts on Saturday, September 26th at 4 PM, Sunday, September 27th at 8 PM and Monday, September 28th at 11 PM. 

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