The third annual Showcase For A Cure will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at Crowder College.
"The purpose of Showcase For A Cure is to raise cancer awareness and help in finding a cure," said Angela McCauley, organizer of the event. "Regardless of a dancer's affiliation with a dance studio, all dancers come together for a great cause and provide a great showcase of talent."
The event has grown over last year's event, McCauley said. Five dance studios participated last year.
"I have eight different studios — from Anderson, Joplin, Neosho, and Springfield — coming to participate in the show," she said. "Each studio will have five routines. There will be all types of dance: hip hop, jazz, tap, pointe, theatre, etc. The show will run just like a dance recital — quick and smooth."
The event is open to the public and the donations will be taken at the door.
"The proceeds will go to the Newton County Relay For Life – American Cancer Society," McCauley said. "The event last year did very well. We raised close to $1,300 in donations."
McCauley said this event is a great way to contribute to the Newton County Relay For Life – which will be held this year on Friday, June 14, and conclude on Saturday, June 15 at the Bob Anderson Stadium on the Neosho High School campus.
"Showcase For A Cure is a great way to contribute to the Newton County Relay For Life and enjoy an evening of dance," she said. "Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, so it's easy to relate to the desire for a cure. This event is a way for all dance studios to come together as one and support a great cause. I've always had a passion for dance, and now my passion for a cure is just as prevalent. During this show, we will remember many who have succumbed to cancer; however, we will also see many survivors in the audience who appreciate the time and efforts of not only the dance teachers, but of the dancers and parents as well. We want to help many celebrate more birthdays."
For more information, please contact McCauley at 389-0302, or visit Showcase For A Cure on Facebook.