Dance troupe teams with HopeKids Foundation for QC performance

What do you get when you combine disciplined dance students and children with cancer or other life-threatening illness and a desire to express themselves?

A Season to Shine

You get “A Season to Shine,” a special program of Dance Connection 2 (DC2) in Chandler that teams its students with kids from the HopeKids Foundation. The annual program will culminate in a performance teaming the Hope Kids and dance company members 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center.

DC2 dancers will also perform two more shows — 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 to raise funds for the HopeKids Foundation.

“This is a great opportunity for the children of HopeKids Foundation, but an equally great experience for our dancers,” says Maryanna Gooch, owner of DC2.

“Learning to give back to your community, sharing your gifts and making a positive connection is truly priceless. This is our way of bringing light to the true spirit of Christmas, by providing hope to those in need while creating a special bond between the HopeKids and company dancers in this unprecedented collaboration.”

She adds that, “There will not be a dry eye in the house as the children from HopeKids take the stage Friday night.”

This is the third anniversary of the Season to Shine Christmas show hosted by DC2, with approximately 24 HopeKids and their siblings in attendance.

“Partnering with Dance Connection 2 on our HopeKids Dance Clinic is a huge blessing,” says Bridget Asheim, spokesperson for the foundation.  “This is a chance for the kids to forget about the illnesses they are battling and to just have fun.”

A portion of the proceeds from all three performances as well as a host of sponsorships will be donated directly to the HopeKids Foundation. Last year’s benefit show raised more than $6,000 for the HopeKids Foundation.

Tickets to each performance are $15 each and are available through the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek.

To purchase ticketsgo to www.qcpac.com.

DC2 has been training dancers in the East Valley for 25 years.

HopeKids Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides outgoing activities, events and a powerful unique support community for families with a child who has cancer or other life-threatening illness.

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