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"Seventh Event" honors "So You Think You Can Dance"
Los Angeles California -- May 30, 2007 -- May 30, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Crystal Kusiak / Jeff Jones Sharp and Associates (310) 652-7770 Everybody Dance! “Seventh Event” Honors “So You Think You Can Dance” The Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation presents the “Seventh Event” to benefit its everybody dance! program and the Gabriella Charter School on Saturday June 2 at USC’s Bing Theatre. Creator/Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller will accept the Limelight Award for their hit FOX series “So You Think You Can Dance”. The pair also produces the phenomenal American Idol. The Gregory Hines Humanity Award goes to Emmy & American Choreography Award winning performer/choreographer Jason Samuels Smith of LA Tap Fest, which will be presented by Dule Hill, the recipient of the award last year, and Debbie Allen. The event will feature special performances from the students of Everybody Dance! For over seven years, everybody dance! has been giving Los Angeles’ underserved children a chance to expand their potential and broaden their horizons through the arts. Both the charter school, which opened in 2005, and the dance programs strive to instill a love of learning, dance and the arts. Both programs are located in the densely populated Rampart section in Los Angeles and together serve over one thousand children. The Foundation was established in memory of Gabriella Axelrad, a 13-year-old who loved to dance. In her honor, her brother, Joe Axelrad, will serve as the host for the evening. Event chair, Wendy Beiser says, “Our organization believes it shouldn’t be just a privilege, but a right for every child to have access to the arts and excellence in education. It enriches their lives and opens up their world in ways we cannot measure. Our event celebrates our kids and those in the arts community who share this belief.” Dance instruction is provided at little or no cost to ethnically diverse, economically disadvantaged children in Los Angeles. The Foundation’s mission is to help each child it serves nurture self-confidence, acquire self-discipline and create a positive self-image through the arts. “Dance has allowed me to have so many wonderful experiences throughout my life. Giving a child a chance to develop their talent and passion for dance is a wonderful gift that can change the course of their journey. When I first learned of Everybody Dance and all that they were doing I was inspired. I had to get involved,” says presenter and long time supporter Dule Hill. Other honorees include writer and dancer, Tatiana Blackington James and Todd James of the Capital Group, who will receive the Founders Award. Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, philanthropist and arts benefactor will receive the Patron Award. Attendees include: Dule Hill (The West Wing), Debbie Allen, Tiffany (recording artist), Shondrella Avery (Napoleon Dynamite) # # #