Broadway Dance Center runs to help fight AIDS

Dancers tend to have big hearts. On the other hand, they don’t always find ways to serve others outside of the dance world. In contrast, to its true credit, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) – as an organization and as a community – has consistently found ways to give back. A clear example is its involvement with Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) and Broadway Runs through the upcoming New York City Marathon. A group of BDC community members have joined up with Broadway Runs, within a DRA sub-group under the larger Broadway Runs organizational umbrella. This group will run the last five kilometers of the NYC Marathon route, through the wonderfully scenic westside portion of Central Park, on November 3, the day before the marathon.

This is the first year that BDC has been involved with DRA through Broadway Runs, to partake in the NYC Marathon in this way. Dancer-runners will reach out to friends and family for sponsorship and will wear “Broadway Runs” t-shirts. It’s all part of BDC’s efforts to be involved in the local community, as well as a positive force in important issues that reach far beyond the dance world, explains April Cook, BDC public relations director. This effort joins BDC’s involvement with the NYC Walk for Breast Cancer and Dance for Kindness in that goal. Learn more about these efforts here. “It’s important to empower people with multiple ways to give back (with charitable runs),” Cook says. “If they can’t donate, they can run or walk.”

Give thanks, Go dance!

A happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Broadway Dance Center!  What better way to express your gratitude for dance (and dance off that turkey!) than to dance for a cause?

Next week (November 24-December 1) Broadway Dance Center will donate a portion of the proceeds from select classes to Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA).

Dancers Responding to AIDS is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Funds raised by DRA are distributed through Broadway Cares to AIDS and family-service organizations nationwide and to the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund. The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS information below is inclusive of DRA’s efforts.

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Participating faculty include:

  • Justin Boccitto
  • Jamie Salmon
  • Dawn Hillen
  • Michelle barber
  • Bettina Sheppard
  • Diana Laurenson
  • Jeremy Miller
  • April Cook
  • Derek Mitchell
  • Ginger Cox
  • Aaron Tolson
  • Beth Goheen
  • Ephrat Asherie
  • Germaine Salsberg
  • Kelly Peters
  • Sue Samuels
  • Joanna Numata
  • Calen Kurka
  • SPEX
  • Holly Kerr
  • Cat Cogliandro
  • Heather Rigg
  • Natalya Stavro
  • Lenore Marks
  • Mark Albrecht
  • Matthew Powell
  • Heather Rigg

Check out the BDC website for specific class times!