My heart just melted reading this press because I love to dance and I love charity, and of course, seeing those two areas come together is always heartwarming. One of our Urban Asian team’s favorite dance schools, SHIAMAK USA (which is Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar’s US based dance school), kicked off their first Dance for Good (D4G) initiative in the US by supporting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Young Voice of NYC event! St. Jude’s has always been focused on philanthropy and has been at the forefront of medical research for children. The hospital is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
The Dance for Good program urges individuals or groups to DANCE for a GOOD cause. DANCE FOR GOOD aims at sharing the joy of dance to heal, bringing a smile on people’s faces and giving them hope, reaching out to various locations and supporting multiple causes, bringing communities together, creating awareness and empowering performers with an opportunity to make a change through dance. The talent show, which was hosted through the Special Events for St. Jude fundraising program, was held to find the next Youth Ambassador for St. Jude.
The SHIAMAK Dance Team – USA performed at the event extending their support for the cause. Participants were also invited on stage as part of the SHIAMAK brand Dance for Good endeavor. Additionally, senior instructor and Manager at Shiamak Davar International, Ms. Deeba Patel was on the panel of celebrity judges alongside Ms. Joya Dass, News Anchor at NY1 and CNN, Ms. Karen Hoyos, Celebrity Speaker and Life Coach, and Ms. Thara Natalie, Manager at Jay Sean and Certified Yoga Instructor.
Participants ranged from 6 – 14 years of age and performed a variety of talents including art demonstration, singing, dancing, piano and even a young opera singer. The St. Jude young Ambassador title went to 11 year old Sparsh Shah who mesmerized the audience with his rendition of “Let It Go” from Disney’s animated classic Frozen. Shah, a wheelchair bound child with multiple sclerosis, wowed the audience with his positive energy and uplifting personality. As the newly crowned Ambassador, Sparsh won a one year dance scholarship with SHIAMAK USA and will be performing a the first SHIAMAK Summer Funk show to be held on June 13th at Montclair State University.
“Young Voice of NYC” was hosted at the Queens Theater in New York on Saturday April 4th. This vision, started by Events Cherished 3 years ago, was created to raise funds for kids battling cancer. On working with Shiamak USA, the founder of the program, Sonia Singh, told us the following:
“It was an honor to work with the SHIAMAK USA team for our 3rd annual Young Voice of NYC Spring Talent competition to benefit St Jude Children’s research hospital. I’m overwhelmed by the support from the Queens Theatre, our sponsors, participants, volunteers and Judges. We are excited to welcome 2015 ambassador Sparsh Shah to our team and look forward to continue to raise funds to aid cancer research while spreading the message of St Jude, where no child ever pays for treatment.”
To learn more about Young Voice of NYC please visit: http://bit.ly/1MJphG7.
To learn more about SHIAMAK Dance Academy, please visit: www.shiamak.com/newyork.