"Dance to Make a Difference" Gala
Save the date for the 10th Annual Dance to Make a Difference (DTMAD) Charity Gala, produced by the Studio West Dance Guild. This event brings together dance companies from across the Puget Sound, with all net proceeds from this year’s gala benefiting the Family Support Center of South Sound (FSCSS). The gala reception begins at 6:00 pm with a light dinner, dessert, wine, live music, and silent auction. The performance on the main stage follows at 8:00 pm.
"We are so excited to partner with FSCSS again this year," shares Michelle Rubbert, who chairs the DTMAD charity gala committee. "We’ve been very inspired with the Camp Hope program, which was launched in the summer of 2017, to support children impacted by domestic violence and trauma. Continuing our partnership has allowed us to follow through with our commitments to make lasting changes and a bigger impact in our community."
Studio West dancers and families work with the chosen charity throughout the year to volunteer and raise awareness for their programs. The South Sound Partners for Philanthropy, a consortium of over 40 South Sound non-profit organizations, recently honored the work of Studio West dancers with the Next Generation Philanthropist award.
"We are so proud of our dancers and their contributions to our community through volunteer work and the charity gala. They are truly the next generation of philanthropists!" shares Stephanie Wood-Ennett, co-director of Studio West Dance Academy & Theatre. "Many of our dancers have continued on to volunteer in their communities as they are away at college. We started the program to inspire our students to contribute to their communities, and now they are inspiring us with the work that they’ve gone on to do."
The charity gala itself is a collaborative work of dance companies throughout the Puget Sound from Seattle, Tacoma, Lacey, Olympia, and Chehalis. Companies such as Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma have participated in the gala since its inaugural performance in 2009, with many companies returning every year. This year’s gala will feature singers from the Olympia Youth Chorus’ Forza Men’s Choir and the premier of a new choreographic work by Joshua Grant, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Shares Wood-Ennett "A handful of our advanced students were chosen by Mr. Grant to be his muses, as he creates a brand new choreographic work on them. Full of playful, athletic and challenging steps for our dancers, this new Grant work is one you won’t want to miss!"