Cheryl Todmann, Founder and Executive Producer of The Stars of New York Dance, continues her praiseworthy efforts to raise dance scholarship funds for children from low-income communities, helping them to develop discipline, confidence and self-esteem to succeed in school and in life. On Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, the fourth annual dance competition that partners notable New York City Community Leaders with Professional Dance Artists will commence, honoring artist, author and philanthropist Danny Simmons.
Since its inception in 2010, The Stars of New York Dance has provided 26 children with free and subsidized dance education and training with local, community-based dance organizations. This year, several more of our youth will be afforded scholarships and Danny Simmons, founder and vice president of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, will be honored for his longstanding commitment to uplifting the lives of children and youth through the arts.
Listed below are the six 2013 Brooklyn leaders (the “Dancing Stars”) and their professional dance artists, competing to win a $5,000 dance scholarship award for the dance partners’ dance organization to pay for the children’s dance tuition fees, class uniforms, shoes and dance costumes:
- Carlo A. Scissura, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
Keisha James, Restoration’s Youth Arts Academy
- Elwanda Young, United Way of NYC Sr. Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
Victor Reddick, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn
- L. Joy Williams, President, Brooklyn NAACP
Jared Lewis, Asase Yaa School of the Arts
- The Honorable Betty Staton, Executive Director, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services
Jude M. Perry-Evans, Balance Dance Theater
- L. Henry, Executive Director, Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, Inc.
Melissa Gray, Leaps & Bounds School of Dance, Inc.
- Minister Joel Youngblood, Chief Operating Officer, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Naeemah Brown, Cradle-N the Rock Youth Dance Ensemble
Special guest presenters include: Errol Louis, event host and the host of “Inside City Hall” on NY 1 News; BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins; and Brooklyn Arts Council President Ella J. Weiss.
VIP Tickets include VIP Seating and the 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception for $125. 7 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kumbletheater.org, or by check made payable to “The Stars of New York Dance” and mailed to P.O. Box 170511, Times Plaza Station, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
In addition to being a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts service organization, The Stars of New York Dance 2013 sponsors are United Way of New York City, MetroPlus Health Plan, and Our Time Press Newspaper.
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