DANCING AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET TO MAKE WISHES COME TRUE
This coming Saturday, June 19th, the second Flash Mob Dance Awareness Event is happening at the Farmers’ Market in front of the Morrow Building at 10:30 a.m. And just as with the first event held on May 29th, this event is also raising awareness of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada.
Melissa Beeby who donated her talents and time to choreograph the dance number to the piece “Inquisitive By Nature” from my upcoming CD “Dreamtime” continues to donate her time and talents by running a rehearsal prior to the event. This time, the 2-hour rehearsal is on the Friday before the event. What’s more, Angella Demell, the Executive Director of Centre Stage Performing Arts Centre is donating space at her dance studios to accommodate Melissa’s rehearsal.
Recently, I attended a fantastic 3-hour workshop put on by the Association of Managers of Volunteer Services. What I struck me, however, was the fact that some organizations and individuals were experiencing difficulties when volunteering their services and time to other organizations or campaigns. What was odd was that some of these wonderful people and organizations were being turned away because they were offering services and time instead of product and money.
The “Dancing In Dreamtime” campaign I have created to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada is set up so that product and money as well as services and time are valued. Yes, it takes money to run a successful awareness and fundraising campaign but it also takes talent, time and, in some cases, product.
All the money in the world won’t raise much awareness if no one knows about the campaign or if no one knows why an organization is worthy of receiving financial support from the community and corporations. All the money in the world won’t get things done whether it’s answering telephones, inserting letters into envelopes, or simply participating in a Flash Mob Dance for a few minutes in a parking lot on a Saturday. And why is that?
Money hasn’t got a soul. Money hasn’t got a heart.
It’s what people can do with that money that makes a difference but it’s people who are responsible for the heart and soul of any event or campaign.
When you come out and dance your heart out with us for a few minutes on a Saturday, you’re adding sunshine to people’s lives. You’re bringing the joy of who you are into the world. You’re making your own special wish, whether you know it or not, that others who are less fortunate than yourself can dance their own dance in their own special way.
So come dance with us this Saturday. And if you live somewhere other than Peterborough, don’t think for a minute that there’s no place for you to come dance with us. We’re planning Flash Mob Dances in as many locations as possible throughout the summer months and into October, leading up to a Dance Performance on October 23rd.
And remember to “sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”
If you can’t make it to a rehearsal but you still want to dance with us, you can watch the instructional video and join us at any of the Flash Mob Dance events!