Capezio Gives a Dynamic Donation

Dance is expensive… plain and simple. A dancer who is involved in just a couple of different styles of dance needs at least two different kinds of shoes, leotards, tights... the list goes on and on. So just imagine a dancer who is involved in three or more styles of dance; between shows and competitions, they could need thousands of dollars worth of dance supplies a year. Thankfully, there are people who want to offer a helping hand!

The Boston Dance Alliance has been able to supply dancers with over $36,000 of dance supplies within the past two years. And this year, Capezio has helped out by donating 1,000 ballet slippers (the total of which is valued at $25,000). This very generous gift has allowed the Boston Dance Alliance to reach their goal of continuing to support dancers in the greater Boston area, and the dancers could not be more grateful. Dancers who otherwise might not be able to afford dance are able to show up to class in the proper gear with confidence and style.

What’s truly amazing about this kind donation made by Capezio is that it is the first direct corporate donation to the Boston Dance Alliance… ever! Way to show up and show out with an awesome act of love, Capezio. As dancers we can all agree that this sport is hard enough by itself, but add financial hardship to the mix and its a whole new ballgame. So three cheers for Capezio and the Boston Dance Alliance!

This Dance Studio is Helping Dancers in Puerto Rico

Sarasota Cuba Ballet School

Sarasota Cuba Ballet School is on a mission - and you can help. After Hurricane Maria wrecked havoc on the country, director Ariel Serrano received messages from several dancers who had studied at his summer program last summer. They all said the same thing: our houses are destroyed, our studios are flooded, our money and food is running out. Can you help us?

It's an unimaginable situation - not only have lost your possessions, but your dreams of being a dancer are in jeopardy as well. How can you expect to keep up your training, or save money to travel  for auditions or programs, when your home has been devastated?

Enter "Sarasota and Puerto Rico Dance Together," a fundraiser Serrano is organizing. The school, which has worked continually to never turn a dancer away because of lack of funding, is trying to raise enough money to bring six dancers to study at the school in Florida. The money will cover transportation and living expenses. Two major donors have already brought in enough to bring one female dancer, and two more are on the way. But there's still more money to be raised - please consider contributing if you are able.

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Chicago Dance Festival Paves a New Way

Elevate Chicago Festival

Elevate Chicago Dance Festival is taking place this month from the 19th to the 21st, and 40 different Chicago based dancemakers are expected to present their work. The event will consist of various studio showings and dialogues around the city, and will mark the end of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI), which has been a multi-year project. However, what’s most important about this event is the long lasting impact it has made among the Chicago dance community. 

The festival builds connections among dancemakers who would otherwise never meet. Not to mention, Elevate Chicago Dance Festival has lead to several other projects and collaborations, such as Chicago Dance Lab and Presenter Exchange in Summer 2016 and choreographic workshops throughout 2016-17. The RDDI has truly had a lasting impact that has reached further than anyone would have thought. It seems that one project can stimulate many others once the right kind of momentum is created. 

Elevate will be taking over the city, with performances spread out across different venues. Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r), BraveSoul Movement, The Seldoms, Visceral Dance Chicago, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Lucky Plush Productions, Hedwig Dances and Ayodele Drum & Dance will be performing, just to name a few.

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Locker Room? More Like Dance Floor!

Malcolm Jenkins

Watch out SYTYCD, America’s favorite dancer may not be who you would expect. Malcolm Jenkins, a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, was caught dancing in the locker room after their win against the Panthers, and let’s just say the man’s got talent.

When you think about someone’s happy dance, you usually picture them jumping up and down, or maybe a very enthusiastic step touch, but Malcolm Jenkins has a next level happy dance. The NFL star may be an American football safety by day, but by night, he’s for sure a dancing machine. Jenkins was caught on camera by fellow player Ronald Darby dancing to “Atomic Dog” in the locker room, and quite honestly killin' the game with his smooth moves. The dance can best be described as the running man meets the coordination of Matt Mattox technique!

So what can we take away from this amazing video? Well, I think it’s safe to say that we need to step up our happy dance game! Or maybe we need to start looking for the next dancing sensation on the field rather than the stage.

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