Dance Your Butt Off For Charity to benefit Jay’s Hope

Sun News CorrespondentDecember 26, 2012 

Worried about all those unwanted pounds picked up during the holiday season? Northside High School has the answer.

After attending the Alzheimer’s Dancing Stars, Kim Stewart, a teacher at Northside, and Sherry Sheppard, a booster club member, decided they wanted to bring a similar event to Northside High School.

Stewart spoke with Northside assistant drama director Richard Frazier, who danced at the Alzheimer’s disease event and who also teaches dance at the school, and Dance Your Butt Off For Charity was born.

To be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31, Dance Your Butt Off will be an adult dance class that will benefit Jay’s Hope, an organization that provides support to families of children with cancer.

The event will be held at the school, now planned for the school’s dance room, but hopes are that the number of attendees will be great enough to move it to the school theater.

Preliminary response has encouraged organizers, who are already considering a refresher course in the spring.

The class will include basic training and techniques and a choreographed number. The warm up will include basic steps to the latest hip-hop dances not only for the exercise but so parents know a little bit about the dances their children are doing.

“Every bit of the money is going to Jay’s Hope,” Stewart said. “At Northside, we are all about charity and family. It seems like every year we have a student suffering with cancer and getting help from Jay’s Hope.”

Stewart said that organizers contacted a student at Northside undergoing cancer treatment and first offered part of the proceeds to the family.

“But they said no, that they get help from Jay’s Hope and that they wanted all the money to go to them.”

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the event. Those registering early will receive a T-shirt. Checks can be mailed to Kim Stewart at Northside High School, 926 Green Street, Warner Robins, 31093. Be sure and include a note about T-shirt size.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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