Fifth annual Dancing for a Cause seeks movers and shakers

Those who love dance, no matter the genre or skill, are invited to sign up now for the Fifth Annual Dancing for a Cause Fundraiser, to be held April 1 to raise funds for the Crisisline and The Chat of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service.

Every year, the Crisisline of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service helps thousands of people in emotional distress with free and confidential crisis counseling. The Crisisline is a part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and takes calls from the entire 607 area code.

Dancing for a Cause is similar to athletic fundraisers: fundraisers sign up at IthacaCrisis.org and ask their dancing partners, friends, family and co-workers to support their efforts. Dancing for a Cause lets fundraisers choose their own challenge, whether it is to attend classes, perform, dance for joy in their own living room, or simply dance at the April 1 celebration, 7-10 p.m. at The Space@Greenstar, corner of Meadow and Court Streets in Ithaca.

Also, dance classes will be held April 1, 1-4 p.m. for participants who have raised or donated at least $50 to Dancing for a Cause. Local dance teachers will host workshops, each involving a different kind of dance tradition. Some of these workshops will result in performances to be given during the first hour of the celebration that night.

Dance performances will include Ithaca favorite Rik Daniels who is known for his acrobatic wheelchair dancing. This year he will dance with Nicole Agaronnik, certified Wheelchair Ballroom Dance instructor. Social dancing starts at 8 p.m. with the Pelotones, an Ithaca-based jazz and blues quartet with perfect tempos for swing dance or listening. 

Dancing for a Cause is sponsored by Cornell’s Office of Community Relations, Tompkins Trust Company, Miller Mayer Attorneys at Law, Maguire Family of Car Dealers, Wegmans Food Markets, and Cayuga Radio Group. 

To sign up or learn more, visit www.ithacacrisis.org, call 607-272-1505 or write to info@ithacacrisis.org.