Archive for October, 2010

Help Us Fight Lupus!
October 24, 2010

It’s hard to believe that another Fall has fallen…it seems like only yesterday that we were brainstorming about this “brand new idea” for a charity dance show/fundraiser. Now in its 3rd year, “Dance for Another Day” has raised nearly $10,000 for lupus research and has become one of the fastest-growing and unique open forums for dance performance in the Bay Area! Our tremendous success is thanks entirely to you– our friends, family, and colleagues who have donated to our cause and supported us tirelessly throughout the years.

We’re thrilled to officially announce the 2010 “Dance for Another Day” Charity Dance Showcase Benefiting the Alliance for Lupus Research, which will take place on the evening of November 20th at San Francisco’s Z Space @ Theater Artaud. This year’s performance will showcase the talents of more than 100 dancers from throughout the Bay Area’s diverse dance scene, featuring modern, hip-hop, salsa, samba, swing, tango, bellydance, ballroom, jazz, Afro-Brazilian, blues fusion, and more. Our vast community has come together to support the ALR in the fight against lupus, and we hope you will join us! Here’s how you can help:

**Come to the show!**
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132996 and 100% OF THE SHOW’S PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE ALLIANCE FOR LUPUS RESEARCH! Last year’s show was a sell-out performance with standing room only, so we encourage you to get your tickets early. To find out more about the ALR, the show, and this year’s exceptional cast, please visit www.danceforanotherday.com.

**Make a donation!**
Even if you cannot attend the performance, there are many other ways that you can support this vital cause. The show simply could not take place without generous gifts from our patrons and donors. No amount is too small, and every dollar you contribute to the show is another dollar that can be donated to the ALR. If you can spare a dollar, five, ten, or more, you will be co-creating this wonderful event with us and lending your strength to the fight against this devastating disease. Email tlaree@danceforanotherday.com if you would like to make a donation to the “Dance for Another Day” fund.

**Contribute a raffle prize!**
Do you own a business or provide a service that you would like to promote? “Dance for Another Day” is proud to partner with individuals and businesses who share our passion for this cause. Last year’s raffle featured a variety of prizes, from free dance lessons and yoga classes to luxury spa services, and all donors are featured in our printed program. It’s a great way to promote your endeavors and find new clientele, and every penny we raise with the raffle is donated to the ALR. Please email tlaree@danceforanotherday.com today if you would like to contribute a prize.

**Spread the word!**
Sometimes the greatest gift you can give is just sharing information with others. Do you know anyone who can make a donation or who might want to attend the show? Tell a friend, link to our Website (www.danceforanotherday.com), forward this email along and keep it going. The motto “Someone you know has lupus” has become a theme amongst lupus survivors and has proven to be true for many of us. Don’t underestimate the power of one voice– just by letting others know about this important cause, you are helping increase awareness and joining in the fight!

“Dance for Another Day” is a fun and uplifting event with a deeply personal and heartfelt purpose. Lupus has forever changed my life and the lives of those I love in countless ways. There is no known cure and the current treatments, including aggressive chemotherapy and long-term steroid use, are often as devastating and even as deadly as the disease itself, which is why the work of the ALR is so crucial. I have dedicated my own life to helping those who suffer from this disease and “Dance for Another Day” has become a beacon of hope and a celebration of life for many who have been touched by the effects of lupus. We dance in honor of those we have lost and in support of those who are still fighting as well as those of us yet to be diagnosed. We appreciate your help and the strength you give us, and we hope to see you at this year’s event. Thank you so much for all of your precious time and efforts…together, we will find a cure!

Yours with deepest thanks,

Tamara LaRee Smart
Gnosis Dancer & Founding Director of “Dance for Another Day”

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Step Right Up…
October 12, 2010

The wait is over! Tickets are on sale NOW for the 3rd Annual “Dance for Another Day” Charity Dance Showcase benefiting the Alliance for Lupus Research at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132996

So spread the word and please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night of dance–modern, hip-hop, ballroom, jazz, bellydance, samba, salsa, blues, tango, fusion, Afro-Brazilian and so much more!

Remember, all proceeds will go the ALR (www.lupusresearch.org) and this show will sell out, so grab your seat now…

Thank you all for your support!