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9th Annual
Dance to Make a Difference Charity Gala

benefiting Family Support Center of South Sound

March 11, 2017
The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts

Save the date for the 9th Annual Dance to Make a Difference Charity Gala featuring dance companies from across the Puget Sound. The reception begins at 6:00pm and includes a light dinner, dessert, wine and live music. The performance on the main stage follows at 8:00pm. We will hold a silent auction and raffle. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to this year's chosen charity Family Support Center of South Sound.

Participating companies in previous galas includes: Studio West Dance Theatre, 3rd Shift Dance, Audacity Cru, Ballet Northwest, EDGE, Ktisk Contemporary Dance, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, and Washington Contemporary Ballet.

For this year's gala, we are excited to premier a brand new choreographic work by Laura and Jerome Tisserand, principal dancers with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Click the link to purchase tickets for this fabulous event!

Charity Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the Charity Gala and FSCSS

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Family Support Center of South Sound

Family Support Center of South Sound (FSCSS) serves low-income families and their children in Thurston County. Some current FSCSS programs include:

  • Family Resource Services - parenting support, basic need items, access to resources such as utility and rental assistance, healthcare enrollment, and more!
  • Homeless Family Services - provides emergency shelter, housing assistance, case management, life skills counseling, clothes, food, hygiene supplies, transportation, employment assistance, and more!
  • Parent Education - provides monthly Power Parenting workshop in partnership with the Hands on Children's Museum.
  • Supervised Visitation - provides transportation and safe nurturing visits between foster children and their families.

There are so many more family programs provided by FSCSS! For more about the important work of this organization, click on the logo below:

 

Connecting our Community through Volunteerism and Dance

Studio West Dance Academy hosted the first Dance to Make a Difference charity event when the studio first opened its doors in the fall of 2008. The beneficiary of the first gala was Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington. Currently, the gala is produced by the Studio West Dance Guild. We have focused our efforts towards local charities such as the Thurston County Food Bank, Hands On Children's Museum, Safe Place, and Homeless Backpacks. Partnering with a local charity allows us to work with the organization throughout the year to build community awareness and assist their efforts through volunteering support.

Our goals for the Dance to Make a Difference program are:

  • Introduce the audience to diverse creative works from dance companies across the Puget Sound.
  • Raise funds and create awareness for local charities within our community. In addition to donating all the proceeds from the gala, we inform our community on the charity and their events through our website, Facebook, and at our performances.
     
  • Instill a tradition of volunteering and community involvement in our young dancers and supporters. 

Sponsorships and Donations to the Gala

Please consider becoming a sponsor for the gala or donating items to the reception and auction. For more information, please email guild@studiowestdanceacademy.com.