2015-04-15 / Features

Astoria Dance Center Brings Joy To Children With Cancer

Astoria Dance Centre has pledged their support for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, Dance Across America, for the fifth year in a row. Astoria Dance will hold their “Let Your Heart Move Your Feet” benefit performance in honor of the Foundation on Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. at the Chian Federation, located at 44-01 Broadway in Astoria.

Dance Across America is one of many fundraising efforts created by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a non-profit, 501c3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to bringing dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, public schools, and Ronald McDonald houses across the country. Created in memory of a young dance therapy graduate student and survivor of childhood cancer, killed by a drunk driver at the age of 24, the Foundation aspires to bring dancers together to blend dance and compassion. Dancers of all ages and in all parts of the country can make a difference in the lives of fragile children by doing what they love best – dancing!

Astoria Dance Directors Maureen Gelchion and Tony Corso, along with faculty members Jazmin Murillo, Jessie Sector, and Natalia Yepes, will oversee approximately 15 students ranging in age from 9 to 17 at the Let Your Heart Move Your Feet benefit performance. Students from Singing Dynamics, Play- N-Music, and The Acting Studio programs will also be participating in the event.

The performance will showcase various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical, in addition to a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased in advance online (www.astoriadancecentre.com), at the studio, located at 42-16 28th Ave. in Astoria, or at the door on the day of the performance. Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children under 18, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dance Across America.

For more information on The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, please call 401-952- 2423, e-mail DreasDream@aol.com, or visit www.DreasDream.org. To make a donation to Astoria Dance Centre’s Dance Across America event, contact Maureen Gelchion Corso at 718-278- 1567 or e-mail DANCEatADC@aol.com.

Let your heart move your feet!

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