The Stars of New York Dance: Community-wide impact on many levels
The Stars of New York Dance has become a growing influence since its 2010 inception, impacting the community on many levels. It is a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition for New York City leaders that annually raises dance scholarship funds for children from low-income communities, helping them to develop discipline, confidence and self-esteem to succeed in school and in life. Everyone involved and beyond benefits from this creative, uplifting worthy cause as expressed through the comments of various participants and supporters.
Award Acceptance Speech
“The Stars of New York Dance is more than a fabulous event. It’s an ongoing program that teaches kids discipline, cooperation and determination. Through the ‘Stars’ dance program, these young people unleash their imaginations and find the freedom within themselves to reach and unlock unlimited potential.” – Danny Simmons (The Stars of NY Dance 2013 Stellar Humanitarian Award Winner)
“Dancing is not my forte … Rehearsals were a process … My revelation is that we can accomplish anything when we step outside our comfort zone.” – Min. Joel Youngblood (Community Leader)
“Working with this event is pure heaven … facelifts would be unnecessary for any attendees because of the constant smiling from attending this happy, positive event for a good cause.” – Janet Dennard (Backstage Production/ Costume Designer for Min. Joel Youngblood)
79-yr old winner Betty Staton
The Stars of New York Dance is one of the best “feel good, exciting, annual events and worthy causes” in New York City! When I covered the event for my column on examiner.com, my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard, wide and long. The high energy from the children and the competition dancers was electrifying. A strong sense of community and love permeated throughout the venue. The Stars of New York Dance is a divinely-inspired mission that benefits our community leaders; community-based dance organizations; volunteers; and youth, impacting our future for the better.
The dance competition stretches community leaders to step outside their comfort zones and have fun while inspiring others to do the same. The 2013 dance competition included 81-year old Robert L. Henry, Executive Director of Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, and The Honorable Betty Staton, 79-year old dance competition winner and Executive Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services. Now that's inspirational!
I encourage everyone, near and far, to support The Stars of New York Dance by purchasing a ticket to attend the next event or send a donation, made payable to Fractured Atlas, and mail to:
The Stars of New York Dance
PO Box 170511
Times Plaza Station
Brooklyn, NY 11217
For more information, contact Cheryl Todmann at 917-623-7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More by this Author
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate African heritage. Do you know the seven principles and their meanings?
Three poems of love and appreciation for that special man in your life. An expression of friendship, intimacy and romance between soul-mates.