Kick Dance Studios To Host Benefit Performance To Raise Funds for Storm-Damaged Elementary School

Kids Kick for a Cause on March 10  (Photo credit: courtesy Kick Dance Studio)

Kids Kick for a Cause on March 10 (Photo credit: courtesy Kick Dance Studio)

FAIR HAVEN– Kick Dance Studios invite families from across Monmouth County to attend “Kick for a Cause” on Sunday, March 10, with performances at 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Two River Theater at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank. All ticket sales will be donated to the Monmouth Beach Elementary School PTO to purchase books, supplies and school equipment damaged in Superstorm Sandy.

Approximately 310 children from Monmouth Beach Elementary School remain displaced by Superstorm Sandy and currently attend classes at the following host schools: Wolfe Hill School in Oceanport (PreK- Kindergarten), Betty McElmon School in West Long Branch (Grades 1-3), Frank Antonides School in West Long Branch (Grade 4), and Shore Regional High School in Long Branch (Grades 5-8).

“I was saddened to hear that Monmouth Beach Elementary School, where I fondly remember attending school as a child had more than three feet of water in its classrooms,” said Vanessa Berry, owner of Kick Dance Studios in Fair Haven and Rumson. “Sandy’s flood waters devastated the building, books, supplies and, more importantly, the hearts of its children. My family and Kick’s students wanted to help the school with a fundraiser that raised funds for essential school supplies, but also lifted its families and faculty’s spirits with music and dance.”

More than 150 boys and girls, ages 5-17, from the Kick Dance Studios will showcase their talented moves during a variety of ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary and Broadway-style dance performances. The show-stopping action will be followed by a special showing of big screen cartoons created by the young producers of the Emmy-Winning Small Factory Productions Studio of Fair Haven. Throughout the day, Monmouth Beach Elementary School students will sell concessions to raise additional funds for the school restoration.

General admission is $15 per adult/child with tickets sold at the door and online at Doors open at noon. Gift card donations to Staples, Target and Barnes & Noble are alsowelcomed. Children under one will be admitted free of charge. Donations can also be mailed to attention: Pam Ruoff, PTO President, Monmouth Beach Elementary School, 14 Cottage Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750.

“The Monmouth Beach School District and the entire community is so touched by the generosity of the Kick Dance Studios and alumni Ms. Vanessa Berry for putting this event together. Donating 100% of the proceeds to the Monmouth Beach School will go such a long way in getting student and teacher resources and materials,” said Brian Farrell, superintendent of Monmouth Beach School District. “Our school has been so blessed with the charity from communities across the United States. What makes this a real special event is that some of our own students will be participating in the show! They are able to give back to their school and community. What can be better than that! ”

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