February 21– Greer, SC – Southern Dance Connection to hold a BBQ Luncheon and dance performance under Lindsay Roberts’ direction.
February 27 – Palm Springs, CA – Miss Lindsay Dance Studio has pledged their support and will be holding a dance-a-thon.
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Past Dance Across America Events: Dancers Let their Hearts Move Their Feet!
- February 8, 2014 Pazazz Performers Benefit Gala, St. Louis, Missouri
- February 15, 2014 Southern Dance Connection Benefit Performance, Greer, SC
- February 15, 2014 North Shore Dance Academy Benefit Performance, Danvers, MA
- May 4th - Higher Ground Dance Company (Benefit Performance) Purdue University, IN
- May 17th - Arts in Motion (Benefit Performance) Matawan, NJ
- June 27th - Miller Street Dance Academy (Benefit Performance) Charlotte, NC
We are proud to announce that the following dancers are letting their hearts move their feet for Dréa’s Dream!
- April 5th Integral Ballet, Erin Drennan, Babylon, NY
- April 6thTiger Dance, Amanda Berhalter Burman, Bluffton, IN
- National Dance Week – Studio 91, Mechanicsburgh, PA
- April 17th Sammy Zweben, Charity Cabaret, Hollywood, CA
- April 20th Salve Regina University – SRU Dance
- April 27th Purdue University, Higher Ground Dance Company
- April 27th Connecticut Dance School, Fairfield, CT
- May 2 and 3 West Virginia University Dance Company
- May 11th Sammy Zweben, Dance 4 a Cause, Marlton, NJ
- May 16th NYC Middle School, Teacher – Michael Kerr
- May 17th Arts in Motion, Perth Amboy-Matawan, NJ
February 17th, 2013
February 9, 2013
Step by Step Dance Studio Dancers of Waltham, MA will hold their “Let Your Heart Move Your Feet” Valentine Gala to support The Andréa Rizzo Foundation. It will take place at the American Legion Post 440 at 295 California Street, Newton, MA on Saturday evening, February 9th. The semi-formal event will include an SBS performance, special guest performers, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, dancing and lots of prizes. Tickets are on sale at email@example.com
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December 16th: Pike Peak Performance Company holds their annual holiday performance to support Dréa’s Dream at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.
Erin Weigand of DeSales University in PA will head up a benefit performance for Dréa’s Dream at the Crayola Gallery of the Banana Factory at 7pm on Friday, November 30th! MarDel Dance, New Street Dance Group, Project Moshen, and Amy Smith will perform.
November 11th: Turn It Up Dance Challenge will dedicate their November 11th convention to Dréa’s Dream.
All That Dance in Jackson, NJ held a dance-a-thon to benefit Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy programming on October 20, 2012.
Washington State HS Dance Teams Unite for Dréa’s Dream on August 24th
Lake Washington High School Dance, along with eight other high school dance teams in Washington, will host its first annual “Drea’s Dream: Friday Night Lights” event, which will showcase a wide variety of dance styles throughout the night. Lindsey Beck will oversee the event, which will take place on Friday, August 24 on the Lake Washington High School football field, located at 12033 NE 80th Street.
“Dance Across America” is one of many fundraising efforts created by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to bringing dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals, including Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, 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!
The Drea’s Dream: Friday Night Lights event will be hosted by Emerald City Productions and will feature burgers by BUNS and ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Wheels. The event will begin at 6:00pm, and a $5 minimum donation will be required for admission, with proceeds benefiting Dance Across America. A photo booth provided by Division1Studios will also be featured at the event, in addition to T-shirt sales and games throughout the night.
For more information on The Andréa Rizzo Foundation or the “Dance Across America” program, please call 401-952-2423, e-mail DreasDream@aol.com, or visit www.DreasDream.org. To make a donation to Lake Washington High School’s “Dance Across America” event, please contact Lindsey Beck at 425-894-2373, e-mail , or visit .
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Walk for the Children
Sunday, August 12, 2012 2:30 pm RAIN OR SHINE!!!
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Center Stage Dance Studio Teams Up with “Dance Across America,” Bringing Joy to Pediatric Patients with Cancer and Special Needs
Stamford, CT—Center Stage Dance Studio, located on High Ridge Road in Stamford, has recently pledged their support for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America.” The dance studio will hold a dance recital on Sunday, May 20, at the Palace Theatre at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, where students will dance to make a difference in the lives of fragile children.
“Dance Across America” is one of many fundraising efforts created by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) 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!
Center Stage owner and director JoAnn LoRusso will over see 200 dancers ages 3 to 18, as they showcase their talents in various styles, including jazz, tap, ballet, and creative movement. The recital, open to the public, will take place at 1:00 p.m., and tickets will cost $24.00 for orchestra/grand tier seating and $22.00 for balcony seating, available at the door.
For more information on The Andréa Rizzo Foundation or the “Dance Across America” program, please call 401-952-2423, e-mail DreasDream@aol.com, or visit www.DreasDream.org. To make a donation to Center Stage Dance Studio’s “Dance Across America” event, please contact JoAnn LoRusso at 203-846-8292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Two studios—New Jersey’s Arts in Motion and Astoria Dance Centre of New York—have pledged their support for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation by organizing dance events in May to help bring dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs at public schools and pediatric hospitals across the country. Click here for more information.
Connecticut Dance School Supports Children with Cancer and Special Needs in Second Annual “Dance across America” Dance-a-thon
FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT—April 19, 2012— The Connecticut Dance School will be holding its second annual “Dance across America” dance-a-thon on Saturday, April 28th, to support the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, an organization that provides dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs. Joining studios across the country, dancers at the Connecticut Dance School will bring their love of dance to children who are less fortunate than they are.
High school students from the school in ballet level 7 have organized the event, creating pledge kits for all 250 of the students, designing sweatshirts, and decorating bulletin boards. The seven student organizers, who come from Westport, Weston, and Fairfield, are hoping to raise $5,000 to be eligible to have a dance therapist from the Foundation work with children at a local public school or hospital.
The dance-a-thon will run from 11:00 AM until 3:15 PM and will provide dance classes for students ages three to eighteen. Younger children will be dancing with scarves, hula hoops, and wands, while older students will be able to take part in classes in musical theatre, hula, zumba, and hip-hop in addition to the regular ballet classes that all students usually take.
Donations to the “Dance across America” dance-a-thon may be sent to the Connecticut Dance School at 42 Halley Court, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825 or may be given online at http://www.firstgiving.com/DreasDream/connecticut-dance-school-cds-dance-event.
A Gift from the Rhee Gold Company: “Dance Mom” Tshirt Sale! We are so grateful to Dance Studio Life and Rhee Gold! A portion of the proceeds from these fabulous “Positive Dance Mom Tshirts” will benefit Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy program!
Los Angeles, California — The Triumph Charter Academy in Los Angeles, California will house a Dance Across America event to support Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy program funded by the Andréa Rizzo Foundation. Students in 6th – 8th grade will compete to raise pledges to support this non-profit organization. Dance teacher, Melissa Obregon Perez will oversee this charity event on January 13, 2012 as all participants dance for this worthy cause.
Macomb, IL— The 4-H Building at 3028 W. Jackson Street in Macomb, IL will house a Dance Across America event to support Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy program funded by the Andréa Rizzo Foundation. Area dancers, including those from University Dance Theater will compete to raise pledges to support this non-profit organization. Tori Breedlove will oversee this charity event on January 28, 2012 as all participants dance for 8 hours, win prizes and participate in dance classes.
Dance Across America 2011-2012 United States Dance schools and dance companies across the U.S. participate. Benefit Performances can be offered all year long!
Thank you to Tori Breedlove of Western Illinois University for raising $2800 for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation to provide dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs.
Friday, May 4th
Walk for the Children
Sunday, August 14, 2011 2:30 pm RAIN OR SHINE!!!
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s 10th Annual WALK FOR THE CHILDREN “Cliff Walk-a-thon” along the beautiful Newport Cliff Walk will benefit children with cancer and special needs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and local public schools. The event will start and finish at Rodgers Recreation Center at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.
This 2 mile scenic walk-a-thon along Narragansett Bay is a FREE FAMILY EVENT featuring door prizes, raffles, KIDS’ fun booth, FREE refreshments and entertaining dance performances by local dance companies. Fun for the whole family! You can even form a team of walkers to walk in support of your favorite charity or organization or in memory/support of a loved one. Banners will be provided to teams of 10 or more who email us their TEAM NAME by August 10th! This year, join us as we Pledge, Pledge, Pledge for children with cancer or special needs.
Alex and Ani, Inc., a local positive energy company dedicated to creating products that promote consciousness and unity will have a “Bangle Bar” set up representing their Charity by Design division.
Each walker who collects pledges or donations of $30 or more receives a free T-shirt and water bottle! Top Pledge Raising Team wins a $500 award to donate to their favorite children’s charity. FREE refreshments, AND….entertaining dance performances by local dance companies!
Ben & Jerry’s of 539 Thames St., Newport is providing ice cream for the DAY!
All donations are tax deductible. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization.
DanceAcrossAmerica is an opportunity for dancers to unite for a worthy cause….
Dance Studios & Companies are invited to collect pledges and host dance-a-thons or benefit performances. Proceeds from events will help fund Dréa’s Dream, the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s pediatric dance/movement therapy program for children with cancer and special needs nationwide. Whether large or small, your group can join in…and let your heart move your feet!
Golf Outing : October 17, 2011
Andréa Rizzo Foundation Golf Classic (Annual)
The Woodmere Club
October 25, 2010 TBD
“Dancing with the Stars” 2007 & 2008
Tickets to the show were awarded and the foundation sent one patient from the “Dréa’s Dream” program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital to attend. VIP Tickets have also been granted as a GRAND PRIZE for our top pledge raiser for 2008 Dance Across America fundraising initiative. The lucky winner will attend the famed show this May.
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The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is grateful to those at Dancing With the Stars, The Garden of Dreams Foundation (Madison Square Garden Entertainment), Radio City Music Hall, celebrities such as Carrie Ann Inaba and Jane Seymour and.dancewear companies Capezio and Grishko. Read how they have each helped us to make DREAMS COME TRUE for special children. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation will continue to seek ways to bring smiles to the faces of fragile children and added joy to their hearts. We are proud and excited to make Dréa’s Dreams Come True an ongoing initiative. If you know of generous donors who would like to help us to brighten pediatric cancer patients’ lives, please have them contact us at DreasDream@aol.com. April 12, 2010
DANCING WITH THE STARS – A “dream come true”
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation was honored to be able to escort a patient from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to Dancing With the Stars. Amanda was thrilled to have front row seats and to get to meet judge Carrie Ann Inaba after the show and then go backstage for a photo op with some of the dancers. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is grateful to Dancing With the Stars for offering a gift that is a “dream come true” for a young person who is truly deserving. December 2008
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – A Christmas Story
On December 15, 2008, The Andréa Rizzo Foundation escorted a pediatric patient who has been participating in Dréa’s Dream at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYC to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Patient, Luke, was joined by his Mom and twin brother. Madison Square Garden Entertainment gave us this generous gift of orchestra seats for the whole family. The incredible VIP treatment that Radio City Music Hall, General Manager, Richard Claffey gave to this special family was filled to the brim and overflowing with kindness. Of course the show was SPECTACULAR…but Mr. Claffey and his staff made sure that a treasured memory was created for Luke that he will remember for a long, long time. They were met at the stage door with their tickets all set to go. Between feeding the camels backstage and then meeting some “real live” Rockettes, it was a magical event not to be believed. The boys actually got to go straight to Santa’s dressing room and Santa somehow already knew their names and what they had done all year!! Mr. Claffey had goodie bags for them filled with baseball caps and tshirts and it sounds like he would have offered them the world if he could have. The best part was (and I’m sure this was a tough one for Santa) when Luke asked if he could have a f ew minutes alone with Santa to tell him what he really wanted for Christmas. Everyone left the room so that Luke could tell him just what he wanted most. Santa needed a box of tissues afterward. He also made a point to tell Luke that, most importantly…he must BELIEVE. More goodness has been added to the story from the hearts of those at Radio City Music Hall. (I’ve come to believe that Radio City must require that only those with HUGE HEARTS can work there!!) Santa was so touched by his meeting with Luke that he also gave look a “surprise phone call” on Christmas Eve. And when Santa told the Production Manager that Luke really liked the Hannah Montana microphone that he saw back stage (apparently….a real mic and not a toy)….well…..somehow these generous folks made sure that the microphone was delivered to Luke’s house for Christmas. Thank God for people like Richard Claffey, who know exactly what it takes to brighten the life of one child and his family. Thank God for MSG Entertainment for this generous and thoughtful gift. We know that this memory outshone all others for Luke this Christmas. And, best of all, the family got a call from the doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering on Christmas Eve telling them that Luke’s PET Scan was clear! A Christmas miracle. November 2008
CARRIE ANN INABA – Dancing With the Stars
In November, 2008, Dréa’s Dream, a pediatric dance therapy program for children with cancer, funded by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, “kicked off” at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA with the added excitement of an appearance and participation by Carrie Ann Inaba. This event marks the beginning of an ongoing dance therapy program for the young patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. The famed show Dancing With the Stars has been the inspiration behind this gift of dance. After escorting pediatric cancer patients to Season V and Season VI with donated VIP tickets and VIP treatment from the staff at Dancing With the Stars, we have felt inspired by their generosity and compelled to give back to the Los Angeles community. Their gift has been a “dream come true” for fragile patients. We thought that the perfect way to say “thank you” would be to provide the gift of dance therapy to children with cancer in Los Angeles. Carrie Ann Inaba believes strongly in the healing effects of dance therapy and has generously offered her support for this cause. She attended the “kick-off” and participated in this very first dance therapy session, bringing added smiles and excitement to the children and families at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA! We are so very excited to see this program come to fruition and filled with gratitude for Carrie Ann Inaba’s support and Dancing With the Stars generosity. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation then escorted a Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA patient to Dancing With the Stars, Season VII. Breanna Pflaumer of California participated in the “kick off” of Dréa’s Dream at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and then was treated to VIP seats right next to Carrie Ann at the show just a few days later. Breanna was given bracelets from the cosutme designers, a Dancing With the Stars TShirt. To top it all off, Carrie Ann Inaba escorted Breanna down the press line as Breanna told her story and let the press (ABC News, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and People magazine, etc.) know of her experience with Dréa’s Dream at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. A dream come true for Breanna Pflaumer!! May 2008
GRISHKO DANCE WEAR BRINGS SMILES
When Ashley Earle of Grishko Dancewear heard about our upcoming fundraising event, heart&feet, she wanted to support our mission in some way. She thought of the children at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and decided that a perfect gift to the Foundation would be to provide ballet slippers for all those little dancing feet. Dozens of ballet slippers arrived at MSKCC and were greeted by many young smiling faces. We are so grateful for Grishko’s support. May 2008
ASHLEY AUDET: A True Winner
As the 1st place winner of The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s “Dance Across America” fundraising initiative, Ashley Audet, a teen from Perth Amboy, NJ raised over $3,000 in pledges. winning the Grand Prize of 2 VIP tickets to Dancing With the Stars in Los Angeles, CA. But Ashley’s compassion has no boundaries. When she recently met Casey Stover of Fairless, PA at a dance competition and learned of her medical struggles (7 operations in the past year), Ashley was touched by Casey’s courage. When Ashley told Casey about her goal to win the Dance Across America VIP tickets to Dancing With the Stars, Casey’s face lit up! At that moment, Ashley knew that the VIP tickets belonged in Casey’s hands. In May 2008, Ashley Audet presented her VIP tickets to an ecstatic Casey Stover. This remarkable teenager has made a dream come true. Casey attended the May 5th live broadcast of Dancing with the Stars along with her mom, Linda. She was treated to a backstage “photo op” with all of the dancers and the stars. This was a night that Casey will never forget. May 2008
Chistie Artinger at Capezio offered to lend a helping hand as we sought support for our upcoming fundraising event, heart&feet. Not only has Capezio donated raffle items for the event, but Christie knew that the little tutus that Capezio provided in the past were a huge hit with our little dancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. So another delivery of beautiful tutus arrived at MSKCC to brighten the lives of many young patients. Many thanks to Capezio for their ongoing generosity. November 2007
DANCING WITH THE STARS
In November 2007, The Andréa Rizzo Foundation was presented four VIP passes to the famed TV show Dancing with the Stars. The show’s producers understood the impact of dance therapy on fragile children and wanted to show their support for the Foundation’s mission by offering show tickets for a future Foundation fundraiser. But Foundation President, Susan Rizzo Vincent had a different idea in mind ~ to brighten the life of a young pediatric cancer patient and make a dream come true. Julie Reed was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma of the liver. She underwent intense chemotherapy, leaving her tired and sick in bed most of the time. As an active young dancer, she found it hard to cope with not being able to move as she once did. During one of Julie’s in-patient stays at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), she was introduced to Dréa’s Dream, the pediatric dance/movement therapy program established by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation and coaxed into trying a dance therapy session conducted by the program’s dance therapists. “Even when I couldn’t get out of bed, these wonderful therapists were able to transport me out of the hospital, into the sky, the ocean, a sandy beach, wherever my fancy would take me that day,” Julie wrote in a letter. The sessions allowed Julie to express how she was feeling through the movement of dance. Upon receiving the VIP passes to Dancing with the Stars, Foundation members immediately thought of Julie Reed. They knew that Julie had found incredible strength during her challenge with cancer through dance therapy. Julie was surprised with a trip to glamorous Hollywood, complete with airfare and hotel accommodations and a chance to see a live airing of the popular TV dancing show. The trip, a dream come true for Julie, was made possible by the generosity of many including donations from Foundation supporters and The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel who provided accommodations. Jane Seymour, actress, accomplished painter and Dancing with the Stars contestant also joined the team effort by donating a painting from her “Healing Hearts” collection to the Andréa Rizzo Foundation to auction and raise funds for Julie and her mom, Julie’s airfare.
“Dancing With the Stars” Experience Package Auction
Experience Package created by Carrie Ann Inaba was auctioned on www.ClothesOffOurBack.org for $12,500! Click on link for all the fabulous details.
Benefit Dance Class Class with Dancer, Choreographer Tracie Stanfield was held on March 22, 2009 at Manhattan Movement Arts Center.
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“Dancing with the Stars” 2007
Tickets to the show were awarded and the foundation sent one patient from the “Dréa’s Dream” program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital to attend.
Los Angeles, CA
“Dance Across America” (January 1 – April 15 annually)
United States Dance schools and dance companies across the U.S. participate
“Art From the Heart” Auction (Annual)
Mercy High School Middletown, CT
“Evening of Comedy” Benefit with Rob Bartlett, Comedian/Actor (March 11, 2005)
Hempstead, New York