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Dancing for a Cause: Fairleigh Dance Project’s Philanthropic Showcase

Members of Dance for the Cure with one of the dancers
Danielle Hughes, Joanne Liscovitz, Jillian Gehringer, Kathleen Cirioli, Lynn Grillo

Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, is home to the Fairleigh Dance Project, an innovative dance club that uses their platform to spotlight social issues within the university's community. The club is a vibrant fusion of student talent dedicated to expressing their perspectives on societal issues through the power of dance.

A unique characteristic of this group is their incorporation of philanthropy into their performances. Each semester, the students organize a showcase where they not only exhibit their talents, but also use the opportunity to support a chosen charity, dedicating fifty percent of the ticket sales to the cause.

For their recent showcase, which took place on May 9, 2023, at the Dreyfuss Theater, Dance for the Cure was the chosen recipient of proceeds for the event. In attendance at the performance were DFC's co-founders, Kathleen Cirioli and Joanne Liscovitz, along with DFC volunteers Danielle Hughes and Lynn Grillo. After the show, they had the opportunity to engage with the dance project's liaison, Jillian Gehringer, and several of the dancers.

Showcasing a range of dance styles—from tap and jazz to lyrical and hip-hop—the event was a heartening display of unity, talent, and dedication. Dancers of all abilities moved the audience with their passionate performances.

More than just a dance showcase, the event concluded with a significant gesture: a donation of $700 to Dance for the Cure. Dance for the Cure would like to thank the Fairleigh Dance Project for their efforts and generosity!


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