"The message behind the performance was a valuable part of the program."
- Pat Schepis
Somerset Medical Center
The Dance for The Cure Program
Dance for the Cure delivers an informative and positive cancer-awareness message through a presentation that is both educational and entertaining.
The program begins with a medical overview by a women’s health care physician sharing information focusing on breast cancer. Medical facts are presented, myths and misinformation are discussed, and breast cancer awareness attitudes and techniques are stressed.
A personal survivor story follows, providing true insight into life after breast cancer. Kathleen Cirioli, a two time cancer survivor, and co-founder of Dance for the Cure, tells of her own battle with breast cancer, and reinforces the importance of early detection through self-examination, routine mammograms, and prompt medical care.
Two dance presentations follow, with contrasting styles and messages. The first performance is an ensemble tap dance entitled “Go And Get Your Mammogram” performed to the tune of “Button Up Your Overcoat”. This light and entertaining performance, which premiered on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, delivers a strong message concerning the importance of good nutrition, self-examination, and regular mammograms as means of preventing breast cancer.
The next presentation is a reflective and uplifting lyrical dance which communicates the power of hope and optimism in coping with adversity.
The program concludes with an energized audience waving their Dance for the Cure straw hats, while learning a light-hearted dance routine. Tapping toes, smiling faces, and shuffling feet characterize the audience, whose undeniable enthusiasm is evidence that the human spirit is lifted through the celebration of dance.