For the past several months, dancers at Just Dance! studio in Warren have carefully decorated more than 300 leaves in an effort to raise money for cancer research. Each individual leaf is dedicated to someone the dancers care about who is affected by cancer – as a survivor, battler or a loved one who has passed on. The decorated leaves will become a “Tree of Life” in a spectacular stage set for an upcoming annual dance recital. “A project like this really makes you realize how many people are touched by cancer,” says Sherry Winn, Just Dance! owner. “It’s been a wonderful effort and the students have put so much love into decorating the leaves.”
Throughout the winter dance season the students purchased and sold blank leaves for $5 each, raising more than $1,300 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. The dancers labeled the leaves with the names of people they care about who have been affected by cancer, and carefully decorated each one accordingly. “I’m so thrilled that we’re able to help a good cause at a time when there is so much attention and excitement focused on our dancers,” says Ms Winn. The dancers will be attaching the decorated leaves to create the Tree of Life on Saturday, May 26th starting at 1:30 pm at the Just Dance! studio (located in 426 Fitness on Metacom Avenue in Warren).
The Tree of Life will be moved to Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA on June 5th for designers to finalize the stage set ahead of the studio’s annual recital, “Dance 4 Life”, on June 8th and 9th. This year’s recital has been recognized by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as an official fundraising event and the dance studio hopes the event will raise further funds for Dana-Farber.