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Local Performers to Dance for Local Children’s Medical Research

Lorelei Chang, dancEnlight. Submitted photo

West Hartford-based Ballet Theatre Company will host ‘Dancing for a Cause’ on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Jane Krantz, Photo credit: Robert Louis Photography. Submitted photo


Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) will host their second annual “Dancing for a Cause” benefit performance on Oct. 13 at their studio location, 20 Jefferson Ave., West Hartford, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This year, all ticket proceeds will go to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s new initiative called “Bids for Kids,” supporting research in the fields of Neuro-Oncology (cancer) and Neonatal.

BTC’s newly selected 2018-19 Corps de Ballet will be joined by nine local dance companies and professional performers including Joey Beltre, Calvin Bittner, The Dance Collective, dancEnlight, Dimensional Dance, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Jane Krantz, and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Performers will be presenting pieces ranging from modern to jazz and everything in between, with inspiration from visual art, live music accompaniment, passion from inner peace and more. These dancers’ talents will raise funds and hope for a better future for those in the care of the medical center.

In addition to these local performing artists, BTC is honored to host an ambassador who will share her story of being treated at the Children’s Medical Center. This young former patient has always loved to dance and was finally cleared to begin taking dance lessons for the first time last year. BTC is pleased to host her and her family and be able to give her the gift of performance dedicated to a cause that is dear to her and her family’s hearts.

It certainly wouldn’t be a night of celebrating life and dance without some delicious desserts by Classic Cakes and cocktails and hor d’oeuvres by Russell’s Creative Global Cuisine.

Ballet Theatre Company is thrilled to kick off their 20th Anniversary Season with such a special performance. BTC is grateful for the continued support of the Office of Economic Development of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Delamar Hotel West Hartford.

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