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Dancing for a Good Cause

Dancerama

By Kate Watson

You’ve probably heard of “Shinerama”, but have you heard of “Dancerama”?

Dancerama is an event modeled on the annual university fundraiser that supports cystic fibrosis research and it’s organized by Dartmouth’s Brett Kinrade, Mitch Fisher, Nathaniel Dooks, Sam Dodge and Jack Parsons.

“A few friends of mine back at Queen’s University told me about the idea and asked if I wanted to help out,” explains Kinrade.

“One friend was doing a show in Vancouver, and the other did one in Toronto. They asked if I knew anyone who was involved with dancing in Halifax, and Nathaniel Dooks was the first person to come to mind. I thought it would be a great way to spend time with my friends.”

The group held the first Dancerama at Alderney Landing in May of 2015, and the second is planned for this August. The goal for this year is to raise $1500 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

This event features an unusual combination of dance styles including belly dancers, break dancers and ballet, all in the same show.  There is a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction of graffiti art, Henna body art and an opportunity to learn more about cystic fibrosis.

“Not only does this event raise money for cystic fibrosis, but it’s also a call to action to the community,” say Kinrade.

“We want to inspire our friends and neighbours to plan new local fundraisers in addition to the traditional events. As we raise more money for these hardworking organizations, more help can be provided to others.”

Dancerama takes place on August 13th at 7pm at Alderney Landing Theatre. It will include performances by: Elle Dance Academy, Element Dance Studios, Serpentine Studios, Onset; Concrete Roots, Motion Dance Center, and Down Beat Dance Company.

For more information visit the Halifax Dancerama 2016 Facebook page.