On September 7th, the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center was burning up with talent as local studios came together to raise awareness and funds for ASPIRO, SOAR Fox Cities, and Fusion Foundation. NEW Fusion Dance and Performing Arts hosted the 2nd annual Back To School Benefit Concert (BTSBC), an event designed to bring area dancers together to make a difference in their communities. Dancers from All That Dance, Forever Dance Company, Inclusion Dance, NEW Fusion Dance and Performing Arts, Kaleidoscope Dance Studio, Skorzewski School of Ballet, Valley Academy For The Arts, along with guest performers Jose Soto of Arizona and Hailey Schield of Chicago, joined together in sharing their talents to give back to our communities.

Aside from the amazing dancing, the BTSBC offered a silent auction and the opportunity for its beneficiaries to share their mission with the audience. ASPIRO and SOAR Fox Cities bring wonderful programs to their communities from day service options, creating opportunities, offering experiences, providing therapy services, and encouraging inclusion in the work place for adults and children with special needs. Fusion Foundation is a new non-profit that provides dance opportunities and experiences for children and adults with special needs as well as providing scholarship opportunities for dance families going through a financial hardship. These three organizations were put on spotlight this past weekend and applauded for all they contribute to the greater Green Bay area, the Fox Cities and their clients.

“It was really amazing to see dancers who could very well compete against each other throughout our season, come together to do something awesome for their communities. We are so grateful to the participating studios, and to our incredible beneficiaries.” Stated Lindsey Katsetos – Community Outreach Director at NEW Fusion Dance and Performing Arts.
The collaborative efforts of the above mentioned studios raised just over $4,000 for ASPIRO, SOAR Fox Cities, and Fusion Foundation and had an attending audience of 250 patrons. “This is an event I am incredibly proud of. I can’t wait to see it continue to grow each year. We are already brainstorming for next year in how we can make it bigger and better, to create a larger impact for organizations in our community, and to inspire our dancers to use their talents to give back.” Says Rana Poley, owner and artistic director of NEW Fusion Dance and Performing Arts.

For ways you can be a part of the Back To School Benefit Concert, or if you would like to nominate an organization to be considered as a beneficiary for next season please contact Lindsey Katsetos at Lindsey@fusionfoundation.org.