Theater Showcase “Around the World”

Arthur Murray Cranford and Hillsborough celebrated following the final curtain for their annual fundraiser showcase on August 12. This year, owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov supported the Sunshine Kids. The non-profit organization helps children with cancer by providing positive group activities and emotional support.

Arthur Murray instructors from Cranford and Hillsborough express themselves before the show starts.

Most students spend months preparing routines. Diane, a newer student at Cranford, said the show exceeded her expectations. “It was far superior than what I had envisioned. So professional. No detail, from costuming, lights, and jewelry was left out.” She felt proud to be a part of the Arthur Murray family’s gesture to help the cause.

Arthur’s Kids strike a pose before their debut performance.

Jerry, a student at Cranford, says theatre night is unlike any other event. “You will never be so alone, but you will never feel as validated – and thankful – as you do when it’s over.” This was Jerry’s fourth year supporting the theatre event.

Among the performers was the Arthur Murray Kid’s formation. In their debut showcase, children from four to six years old took the stage with their team of instructors. Learning to dance doesn’t just teach you how to dance. It requires focus, dedication and helps with social skills. For the Kartashov owners, ballroom dance is the perfect mixing ground for kids to experience it all.

THE SHOW

This year’s themed “Around the World”  show featured 54 different students from the Arthur Murray family showcasing dances from different countries. The hour and half show started in North America, with the USA and Mexico before hopping the ocean to Asia.  There was everything from the traditional flavor of Japan to the current pop sensations of South Korea – and a strong Bollywood flavor. After brief visits to Australia and Africa, the show went into intermission.

Arthur Murray staff and students celebrate!

Before the second act started, Steve Janett – speaker for the Sunshine Kids Foundation – thanked all of the Arthur Murray family and viewers for their support. Aisha Guadalupe joined him onstage to speak first hand of the support the Sunshine Kids afforded her while she battled cancer.

The curtains lifted once again, this time in the cold and grandeur of Russia. Several group numbers kicked off the second act, including an adult  formation and some dancing penguins. Next up was South America – everyone wanted to move their hips whether in Colombia, Brazil or Costa Rica. The show finished in Europe as the entire cast came on stage for a final bow before the curtain closed.

 

Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford Fundraising 2015

Arthur Murray Dance Center of CranfordOn August 8th, 2015, Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford is proud to invite everyone to our “At the Movies” Summer Showcase of 2015. Hosted at Kean University’s Kean Stage at the Wilkins Theatre, this theatre night is a fundraising event for Technology Against ALS, with tickets for $25. This event is open to the public, so everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family!

The show will feature Ballroom dances by students and staff of Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford, including those of our sister centers, Montclair and Princeton. This is our second time holding this event, and our staff and students have been eagerly practicing for several months to bring you  performances inspired by some of their favorite films and icons, with everything from The Pink Panther, to James Bond, to Dirty Dancing, and Marilyn Monroe. Anyone with a ticket may attend, regardless of whether or not they are students with Arthur Murray or Kean University, so please feel free to invite others to join us for this thrilling evening.

Kean Stage, Wilkins Theatre’s largest theatre, can house over 900 attendees, with free parking to attendees, as well as wheelchair accessibility and seating. Kean University proudly supports the arts and regularly hosts student productions, as well as allow other companies to utilize its facilities to bring its students as well as the public unforgettable performances.

Proceeds from the night will benefit Technology Against ALS, a charity dedicated to relieving some of the strain and hardships faced by those with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Because ALS affects the motor neurons in the brain and spine, people with the disease gradually lose motor functions, making even simple communications difficult or impossible. Technology Against ALS helps to combat this issue by specifically developing new technologies, such as communication devices for people to be able to continue to connect with and be understood by the world around them.

Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford staff and students are very excited to share this night out “At The Movies” with everyone, so please come join us for a fantastic evening! You can purchase tickets online at the link below, or stop in at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford  to pick some up in-person. We hope to see you there, August 8th, at the Wilkins Theatre.

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