Coming up: The Stars of NY Dance, Nov. 7

October 29, 2013 9:02:49 AM PDT
The Stars of New York Dance are back at it again and ready to get their groove on for a great cause!On Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, located at One University Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn, The 2013 Stars of New York Dance returns and will bring Brooklyn leaders together to dance for a cause and honor artist, author and philanthropist Danny Simmons, founder and vice president of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, for his longstanding commitment to uplifting the lives of children and youth through the arts.

United Way of New York City, MetroPlus Health Plan, WABC-TV, Anheuser-Busch Stella Artois, Our Time Press Newspaper and Profiles 88 Magazine are sponsors of the 2013 Stars of New York Dance.

"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," said Simmons.

The Stars of New York Dance is a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition?similar to Dancing with the Stars?for New York City leaders that raises dance scholarship funds for children from low-income communities to help them develop discipline, confidence and self-esteem to succeed in school and in life.

Six Brooklyn leaders (the "Dancing Stars") will partner with six professional dance artists that teach and perform with a community-based dance organization. The "Dancing Stars" will compete to win a $5,000 dance scholarship award for their dance partners' dance organization that will provide free or subsidized dance education to children and youth, and pay for their dance tuition fees, class uniforms, shoes and dance costumes.

2013 dance competitors include:

  • Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Elwanda Young, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, United Way of New York City
  • L. Joy Williams, President, Brooklyn NAACP
  • The Honorable Betty Staton, Executive Director, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services
  • Robert L. Henry, Executive Director, Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Minister Joel Youngblood, Chief Operating Officer, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

    Special guest presenters include event host and host of "Inside City Hall" on NY 1 News Errol Louis, BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Brooklyn Arts Council President Ella J. Weiss. Other special guests will be announced.

    What: The 2013 Stars of New York Dance Competition Benefiting Brooklyn Children and Youth

    When: Thursday, November 7; 5:30PM VIP Cocktail Reception; 7:00PM Dance Competition

    Where: Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, LIU-Brooklyn Campus, One University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Tickets: VIP Tickets include VIP Seating and the 5:30PM Cocktail Reception: $125. General Admission Tickets: $75. Purchase tickets online at Checks can also be made payable to The Stars of New York Dance and mailed to P.O. Box 170511, Times Plaza Station, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

    Since its inception in 2010, The Stars of New York Dance has provided 26 children with free and subsidized dance education and training with the local, community-based dance organizations. The Stars of New York Dance is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts service organization.

    For media inquires, to make a donation and for more information, contact Cheryl Todmann at 917-623-7299, or visit Facebook: The Stars of New York Dance. Twitter: StarsofNYDance.