As a culture we tend to take our health and well being for granted. Like most other people I might get a cold, or even the flu. As a dancer there’s always the possibility of some orthopedic issues but they’re almost always localized, very, very rarely systemic. In an extreme case a dance injury could slow down or even end a performing career but you can continue to teach and choreograph.
My lifelong family friend Jon Hollin was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Every year 3500 children in the US are born with CF. I have known Jon his entire life, he wasn’t expected to live past his teenage years. Because of a combination of fundraising, research, will power and hope Jon is now 31 years of age. CF has halted his hopes and dreams of being a school gym teacher, team coach, husband, or father. Jon and his loved ones pray every day for a cure and fight to further research towards this goal.
IDA teacher and assistant director Amy Smith’s sister Kelly has suffered from Crohn’s disease since the age of 10. Amy has stood by and supported her through multiple surgeries and difficult recoveries. Kelly has tried each and every medication out there and exhausted every possible option. Funding is needed to develop new medications to improve the quality of Kelly’s life as well as the quality of life for the 700,000 Americans who suffer from this digestive disease.
I love dance, it’s been and continues to be a huge part of my life. I know and understand how fortunate I am. The creative process and lifestyle are unique, it’s not like a “normal” job. It’s easy to slip into that mindset where you fool yourself into thinking that because you’re a performing artist you’re above it all. We’re not. I understand that dance is part of the community and it’s important to give back. This is a big part of who I am and what IDA is all about.
The Institute of Dance Artistry (IDA) is raising funds through Kickstarter to help fund our 10th Anniversary Generations Benefit Dance Concert. 100% of all proceeds from the Generations concerts go to various charitable causes. Every year we select a charity(s) that is close to the heart of our studio. This year we have selected the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. As you may have guessed, both hit home in a very personal way.
This year Generations takes place on Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 PM at Montgomery County Community College. Tickets are $20 and are available by e-mail (email@example.com) or at the door.