Elane Jessica loves to dance. She’s a 12-year-old girl growing up in the slums of Brazil that are so poor it is said that in her neighborhood girls and boys learn about despair before they know what hope is, and they grow up with no dreams. Her parents divorced when she was little; her father can barely support his new family, her mother wants nothing to do with her, and so she lives with her invalid grandmother who is often confined to bed. In the midst of all this hopelessness is the Edisca ballet school, founded in 1992 by Brazilian prima ballerina Dora Andrade. It uses the discipline of ballet and dance as a means to give street and slum children a chance to improve their lives. Thanks to Edisca, Elane dreams of becoming a ballerina.