Kaycee Rice (left) and Sean Lew (right), seen here on NBC’s World Of Dance, performed live at the iDance4aCure Fundraiser in New York City. Photo Credit: NBC/WOD
This past Sunday, the now epic iDance4aCure benefit concert blew the roof off of the Tony Bennett Concert Hall in Queens, New York. Presented by Kilck’t, the iDance4aCure To End Childhood Cancer Fundraiser Event featured masterclasses, meet and greets, and performances by some of the biggest names in dance; including Sean Lew, Kaycee Rice, Victoria Caban, Lucas Marinetto, 3 Xtreme, Kaeli Ware, and many more.
Dancers and choreographers like Stacie Webster, Kenny Clutch, Kozmic Edge, David Thomas, Alo Koinoglou, and KK Harris were on hand for student dancers to learn from and meet. Starting the day early, masterclasses began at 9 am and ran throughout the day.
“The event on Sunday was an all-day masterclass event followed by a two-hour performance of up-and-coming and current dance talent from all over the US— but with a specific focus on those from the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia area,” iDance4aCure founder Lisa Millar told Dance Network.
Dancers and dance fans who attended were also treated to meet and greets with some of their favorite celebrity dancers. Celebs like Dance Moms and World Of Dance alum Kaeli Ware, Maggie Kudirka — better known as The Bald Ballerina, and WOD’s Victoria Caban, Lucas Marinetto, 3 Xtreme as well as the Junior Division Final dance duo Sean Lew and Kaycee Rice.
Victoria Caban, seen here on NBC’s World Of Dance, performed live at the iDance4aCure Fundraiser. Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC.
The evening's special live performance featured dancers like: 5678 Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center AIM, Koin N Co Dancers, Royal Thieves, Julia Kane Dance Collective, Abstrakt Beings, Stephanie Consiglio, Dayla and Sophie Knapp, Emerson Steele, Sissy Sheridan, Kozmic Edge, The Collective, Level Dance Complex, Jaryd and Jhailyn Farcon, Gen X, Boss Kids, Z Artists Group, Wulf P.A.C., Emily Buffero Company, Brinda Guha choreography, Phresh Phamily, M.A.D.E. Stars, and special numbers by Kudirka and WOD’s Caban, Ware, Marinetto, Lew, Rice
On top of the masterclasses, meet-and-greets, and the performance, famed dance and theatre photographer Jordan Matter did a twenty-four-hour photo challenge that took place all around New York City. During the twenty-four hours leading up to the event itself, Matter shot with
many of the fundraiser’s well-known dancers in iconic city locales like Times Square, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Stephanie Consiglio, the dancer and cancer survivor who rose to fame after her collaboration video with Matter called the ‘10 Minute Photo Challenge’, attended the fundraiser along with the photographer. In their original viral video, the duo went back to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where Consiglio herself was treated for cancer and shot as many dance photographs as they could with the goal of spreading as much joy as possible— all in ten minutes.
iDance4aCure founder Lisa Millar spoke with Dance Network on the beginnings of the event.
“It started as a branch of my family charity called the Brad Kaminsky Foundation,” Millar told DN. “I lost my brother seventeen years ago to a brain tumor and vowed to continue fighting until we found a cure for all cancer.”
“Our neighborhood was highly impacted by childhood cancer and we decided that we needed a way to specifically allocate funds to find less toxic childhood cancer treatments,” Millar continued. “So, our dance studio in Virginia jumped on the bandwagon and decided to help. We started doing “I Dance For A Cure” events. It has since spread through studios and dance companies all across the United States and even Canada. We do performances, masterclasses, mini-dance marathons, and convention type events like the one this passed Sunday to raise funds for childhood cancer research.”
Kenny Clutch and son, Kristian. Photo Credit: Instagram
Kenny Clutch, owner and teacher at Level Up Studio just outside Philadelphia, attended the fundraiser— both as an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and as a performance team choreographer. Clutch, whose son was diagnosed at the age of one with Leukemia, documented his son’s treatment via Instagram while in Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. When his son, Kristian’s, numbers were stable enough to go home for a few weeks between treatments, Clutch
posted a video doing the #levelupchallenge, created by Level Up singer and recording artist Ciara. Ciara was so moved by Clutch’s performance, she reposted the video to her own account, which has now been seen over three million times.
Clutch himself has created the hashtag #FightKristian in order to help supplement costs while his son undergoes continued treatment. Sales of clothing items like t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more, available at the dance school’s website, theleveldance.com, proudly sport the hashtag, and all sales go to the Clutch, his wife, and their three other children.
Clutch attended the event with students from his school who participated in the evening’s performance.
Dance Network had a prime spot on the red carpet at the fundraiser and spoke with many of the evening’s biggest guests. Interviews with Sean Lew, Kaycee Rice, Victoria Caban, Lucas Marinetto, Kaeli Ware, 3 Xtreme, Maggie Kudirka, Stephanie Consiglio, Kenny Clutch, founder Lisa Millar, and Klick’t producer Krysha Santaniello will be available at DanceNetwork.tv very soon.
For more information on future events or how to donate to iDance4aCure, visit idance4acure.org.