Dancing with the Cure returns for its second year on May 17
Dancing for the Cure returns for its second year on May 17. The event-a multifaceted performance created by BalletMet company members looking for a way to give back while stretching their creative wings-will take place at the BalletMet performance space at 322 Mount Vernon Ave. This year, all proceeds benefit the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Here's why you should attend.
1. You'll be supporting an awesome cause
In its inaugural year, Dancing for the Cure raised funds for cancer research and more at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This year, the event's founders chose a cause near and dear to BalletMet. "This year, we chose the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, because Jimmy Orrante's son, Isaac, has moderate hemophilia," says Gabriel Gaffney Smith, who founded the event with Orrante and Attila Bongar. Isaac, a student with BalletMet, is learning to live with the disorder; he recently performed as Fritz in "The Nutcracker." "It was a no-brainer for us this year," Gaffney continues. "It's not a disease many people know about, so it's great that we can educate people about this."
2. You'll experience an original performance
"It was a desire to do something for the community but also to do something outside the umbrella of BalletMet," explains Gaffney when asked how the event came to be. "We're killing two birds with one stone. It's an amazing event that's a source of creativity for us and, at the same time, we're helping a cause and educating the community." The show includes original choreography by Gaffney, Orrante and Bongar, as well as original music composed by Gaffney. Luis Biava, the director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, will join members of the Columbus Symphony to perform the show's score, while guest artists-including Lauren Fadeley, a principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet-will join BalletMet's talented roster of dancers.
3. It's the perfect way to wrap up the weekend
Great TV and family dinners aside, Sundays tend to get the short end of the stick, used more for chores and errands than fun out-of-the-house escapades. Dancing for the Cure serves as the perfect remedy for your end-of-weekend blues. There will be two show times on Sunday: a matinee at 1:30 p.m. followed by an evening performance at 5:30. General admission tickets are $25, and you can get them here. "For those people that want to donate their money to an organization, here's an opportunity to do so and see an artistically amazing, creative show," Gaffney says. It's an opportunity "not only to give money but to learn about the cause we're raising funds for. And, at the same time, it's an amazing, multimedia show combining the ballet, symphony, new choreography and composers all in one evening. And, there will be cocktails!"