West Lafayette, Indiana –Once again, Higher Ground Dance Company of Purdue University has pledged their support for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America.” Higher Ground will hold 2 performances to benefit this cause at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center on December 10, 2011 at 12pm and 4pm. Through the Higher Ground dancers’ compassionate support and generosity over the past five years, The Andréa Rizzo Foundation has instituted Dréa’s Dream pediatric dance therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. For the first time, Riley Hospital for Children is able to offer this healing modality to their patients.
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation provides dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals, public schools and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the nation and the Higher Ground Dance Company is making a difference for fragile children locally as well. The Foundation was created in memory of Andréa Rizzo, a special education teacher and dancer who had survived childhood cancer herself. Andréa had begun her graduate studies in dance therapy at NYU. Andréa was killed at the age of 24 by a drunk driver.
Through their Dance Across America initiative, the Foundation aspires to bring dancers, both young and old together to blend dance and compassion. Dancers of all ages in all parts of the country can make a difference in the lives of fragile children by doing what they love best…dancing! www.DreasDream.org www.Dance-Across-America.com