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Topic: Dance for Boston: An evening benefiting The One Fund in New York City 6/29/13
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Posted By: Dance for Boston Posted: Jun 17, 2013 Reply
Dance for Boston is an evening of dance performances and dance film featuring New York City based choreographers and dancers. A reception will follow the performances including a cash bar, food provided by Petrossian, and a raffle drawing for prizes from Adidas, Café Gitane, David Goddard Photography, JackRabbit Sports, Pilates with Lauren Serrano, Potlikker, Refine Method, Soul Cycle, and more!

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BE DONATED TO THE ONE FUND: “The One Fund Boston will be used to assist those families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were most seriously affected as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and related events on April 18th and April 19th."

Created and directed by Laura Jo Flanigan, with works presented by New York City based choreographers including Autumn Scoggan, Eric Hill, Kyla Ernst-Alper, Mike Esperanza, Olivia Mia Orozco and Jett Cain, and Jennifer Muller, artistic director of Jennifer Muller/The Works.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Doors: 6:30pm
Performance: 7:00pm
Reception and raffle to follow

*Are you unable to attend Dance for Boston but would still like to make a donation? ALL contributions to the Dance for Boston gofundme page will be contributed to The One Fund Boston. http://www.gofundme.com/DanceforBoston

WHERE: The Works Studio
131 West 24th Street, 4th Floor
(Between 6th and 7th avenues, 1/N/R trains to 23rd Street)
T: 212-691-3803

ADMISSION: $15 suggested donation
$1 per raffle ticket
cash bar

RESERVATIONS/INQUIRIES: reservations.danceforboston@gmail.com
Include your name and the number of people in your party. Making a reservation in advance is not required.

CONNECT: https://www.facebook.com/DanceForBostonNYC

Director's Note:
Dance for Boston is inspired by the undeniable presence of community, support, and passion for movement that I experienced at the Boston Marathon finish line. The sense of community on that day was infectious. The atmosphere was gushing with an excitement that I cannot imagine being found anywhere else on the planet that day. The runners were charged with a passion for movement and incredible will to cross the finish line of one of the world’s greatest competitions. The spectators, whether we were friends, family, or complete strangers, were bound by our celebration of the runners. All of that positive energy made us feel as though we were bursting with faith in humanity.

When tragedy violently struck, the finish line was transformed into a scene of terror, chaos, devastating injuries and loss of life. However, the support system between people that was so solid that day did not fade for a moment and became even more important than ever. The bombings left three people dead and over 260 injured. Many people suffered injuries that are life-altering and will change the way they use their bodies for the rest of their lives. Many of the injured, especially those now living with single and double limb amputations, several of whom are children, are now facing a lifetime of medical treatment and aid. To give an example of what that entails, each prosthetic limb can cost between 25,000 and 50,000 dollars. Growing children will require more than one prosthetic limb per year. Dance for Boston will be raising much needed funds for the victims of this tragedy and their families.

There is a special importance for the dance community, whether it be dancers, choreographers, dance enthusiasts, or audience members, to support the victims of this tragedy. As dancers, we understand the importance of our bodies in both our daily lives as well as in doing what we love. For many runners and dancers alike, we cannot imagine our lives without movement. In dance and running, there is a relationship of support between the performers themselves as well as between the performers and the spectators. Dancers and runners share their passion with spectators and spectators make up the heart and soul of their support. Spectators were the most devastated group of people by the bombings. Dance for Boston honors the victims of this tragedy by continuing a theme that is central to running, dance, and every community: support.

The marathon is a place where runners and spectators demonstrate and find a passion for strength and determination, camaraderie and support. Just like that day, Dance for Boston is an event for friends, family, strangers, dancers/runners/all impassioned movers to come together and perpetuate the spirit of the marathon.

-Laura Jo Flanigan
Venue generously provided by Jennifer Muller