Dancers with a Purpose ready benefit for Human Outreach Project
Dance Tech concert schedule for Monday
February 10, 2017
Dance Tech Studio director and owner Nicole Fielding, along with director and instructor Jenny Wilson, started the Dancers with a Purpose benefit fundraiser in 2013.
The goal was to help the studio's young dancers get involved with charity, but also raise audience awareness of various nonprofits.
The first concert benefited Peace House, a nonprofit dedicated to wiping out domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties. Since then the concerts have benefited the National Ability Center and two organizations in Haiti: Foundations of Home and Jasper House.
The concert this year — which will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at Ecker Hill Middle School — will raise funds for the Human Outreach Project that works to provide basic necessities such as medical, dental, clothing and school supplies to impoverished people.
Human Outreach Project is the sister nonprofit to World Wide Trekking, a company owned and operated by Dean Cardinale that provides guests with adventure trekking opportunities around the globe.
Fielding learned about these organizations through a former student.
"She helps us out with the benefit concerts and is one of the administrative directors for Human Outreach Project," Fielding said during an interview with The Park Record. "She told me about the opportunities with Human Outreach Project last year."
Fielding did some research and knew this was an organization Dancers with a Purpose could support.
"Human Outreach Project serves three different countries — Tanzania, Nepal and Peru — but all of the focus is on children," she said.
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The nonprofit works with the Kilimanjaro Kids Community in Tanzania. In Nepal, it helps with the Nepal Earthquake Relief and the Namche Dental Clinic. It distributes clothes and toys during Christmas in Peru. And it also provides sewing machines to women's shelters in Peru, so the residents could learn a skill that would help them become more sustainable.
"I'm very proud with what we have done in the past and this was just another facet of what we could do for the needs in different countries," Fielding said.
The concert itself will feature 65 Dance Tech Studio dancers.
"That will include some of our younger dancers — 3- to 4-year olds — up to our older and competing groups," Fielding said. "We will perform the different competition pieces that our groups have been working on since last September."
Dancers will perform everything from classical ballet to jazz and from contemporary dance to hip-hop. All the pieces were created and set by eight choreographers, including some guests choreographers.
"We will perform 20 pieces and while that sounds like a lot, it is on a school night, so we've condensed the works," Fielding said.
In addition, staff and volunteers from Human Outreach Project will give short presentations about their service trips and mission.
"They will be on site to answer any questions and relay their experiences," Fielding said.
Ecker Hill Middle School will donate the stage again this year.
"That means 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Human Outreach Project," Fielding said. "We are so grateful to the Park City School District."
Fielding said she and Wilson made a conscious effort to schedule the annual Dancers with a Purpose fundraisers a few weeks before competition season starts.
"We did that because we feel it's important for our students to focus on service," Fielding said. "That way they could see that their talents and hard work can have a very big impact on important needs in the world before they start competing for trophies. We want them to have a more selfless beginning to the glitz and glamor."
Dance Teach Studios will present its fifth annual Dancers with a Purpose benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at Ecker Hill Middle School auditorium, 2465 Kilby Road. Tickets are $10 at the door. Additional donations will also be accepted. For information about the Human Outreach Project, visit http://www.humanoutreachproject.org. For information about the concert or Dance Tech Studios, call 435-655-9213 or visit http://www.dancetecchworld.com.
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