The Arizona Dance Coalition has two organizational members who perform for a cause. The dancers volunteer their services and receive great joy from the experience of giving through dancing. And a new tap dance company was recently formed in Tucson with a premiere performance benefitting The diaTRIBE Foundation. Keep reading.
Under the direction of Reness Kano, Leaps for Lives Dance Company, has created inclusive programs and productions to raise funds and awareness for Southern Arizona animal rescues and pediatric cancer organizations. Are you a local dancer with a passion for animals? Contact Reness and inquire about attending a rehearsal (Tucson) to see if their company is a fit for your talents! gro.sevilrofspaelnull@ssener
Rodeo City Wreckettes is a Senior Dance Revenue directed by Carol Ross. They tap dance, entertain, and even create a ‘personalized’ song in dedication to an organization or person being celebrated.
They have earned $23,000 in the past 18 years for charity. Volunteer dancers are between the ages of 55 and 90 and they rehearse at Gotta Dance on Wrightstown Road on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 12 noon. Current charities are AZPM, Ben’s Bells, Community Food Bank, Alzheimer’s Association, Make Way for Books, Literacy Connects, and Youth on Their Own.
In 2021 they had two performances in December (waiting until it was safer) — at Park Senior Villas and Villa Hermosa, Tucson. The proceeds were donated to Ben’s Bells and the Alzheimer’s Association. They have upcoming performances in February, March and April. If you’d like to donate your time and dance for charity, contact Carol at moc.liamgnull@ettekcerw.
Heading southeast of Tucson to Vail will be a new dance fundraising effort lead by tap dancer Brendan Kellam. The beneficiary is The diaTribe Foundation, founded with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes, prediabetes and obesity, and to advocate for action. Brendan organized 13 tap dancers from around the country (dancers from Illinois, California, Colorado, Boston, Michigan, and Arizona) and created a new tap dance company DXX TAP. The premiere show, DXX: One for 1, will be held at the Vail Theater of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747, on February 11, 7 pm. Brendan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2020, and is using his talents to bring awareness to the disease. A portion of every ticket sale will be donated to The Foundation. Tickets.
The Arizona Dance Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) membership-based organization. We work to connect and support the statewide dance communities through our website content, communications, and sponsorship of educational dance conferences and master classes. We inform, educate, and promote dance arts and their benefits to the general public.
If you’d like to JOIN ADC, membership is for individuals, organizations and venues/presenters affiliated with dance.