Celebrate the Future of Social Dancing


CommPRO Editorial Staff

Kick up your shoes and join Dancing Classrooms for a night of dance and celebration! The annual Mad Hot Ball Benefit Gala is going virtual for the first-time, making its big debut on Sept. 23, 2020. This year’s gala is an affair that’s not to be missed. The Virtual Gala, which starts at 7 pm EST, is open to the public and is Dancing Classrooms’ largest, annual fundraising event.

The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to cultivate essential life skills in youth through the practice of social dance. Throughout its history, this non-profit has shown its commitment to justice, equality and inclusion by engaging more than 600,0000 children worldwide, many from underserved communities. Dancing Classrooms programs are taught with a progressive-minded, inclusive approach that embraces every student’s identity and builds on their abilities. “Our 2020 Mad Hot Ball will be a galvanizing and multi-generational event, bringing together Dancing Classrooms’ alumni, current students, longtime supporters and Illuminati of the ballroom world to advocate for a more inclusive, creative, holistic, and relevant education that includes dance for every child,” says Nancy Kleaver, Dancing Classrooms Executive Director.

The annual benefit gala will celebrate the launch of Stepping into the Future – a campaign to ensure young people across the NYC region continue to experience joy, connection and the social-emotional benefits of social dance. This year, the Virtual Mad Hot Ball will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award – winning Dancer/Singer/Actor, Bebe Neuwirth, known for her portrayal of Lilith Crane on the TV sitcom “Cheers” and its spin-off “Frasier” and Velma in the original revival cast of “Chicago” on Broadway. There will be an auction, conducted by Karen Sorbo, and throughout the evening the Virtual Mad Hot Ball Benefit Gala will be welcoming the start of a new decade by honoring:

Alumni Award: Zikomo Barr (Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives, Pace University)

Social and Emotional Learning Champion: New York Junior League. Dayna Cassidy, President, will accept on behalf of the organization.

Champion for Social Dance: Jill Sternheimer (Former Director of Public Programs, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)

Guests will also enjoy dances that showcase different types of genres from salsa and swing to tango and the waltz. The festivities will conclude with a Living Room Dance Party, kicked off by a collective lesson in The Step of the Future, featuring Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists and students.

“Dancing is one of the most expressive ways we celebrate and communicate our cultures and communities. We strive to inspire children to not only be proud, but to also respect themselves and others. At Dancing Classrooms, it’s our responsibility to reach children in existing classroom settings and address fundamental issues of mutual respect and self-esteem that social dance puts into practice. A donation of any amount will truly have a direct and powerful effect on the lives of students during these unprecedented times,” says Board Chair, Carrie Shea Steinmetz.

Source: NGO Wire



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