2021 Dance For A Chance
Community, Business Leaders Headline Youth Emergency Services’ Dance for a Chance Fundraiser October 7
Youth Emergency Services (YES) is proud to announce the dancer/instructor lineups for its 12th Annual Dance for a Chance fundraiser Thursday, October 7, at the Omaha Design Center.
This year’s event – The Roaring Twenty-Twenties – features a mix of community and business leaders who will raise money leading up to the night of the event and then compete against one another for two coveted Mirror Ball trophies – one for best dance performance (decided by judges) and one for most funds (votes) raised.
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“After having to cancel last year’s event due to COVID, we are so excited to welcome everyone back to the Omaha Design Center this year for a fun, safe event,” said YES Director of Development Barb Farho. “Dance for a Chance is an opportunity to get out and have a great time while also giving back to the community.
“We are grateful for our dancers, instructors, and everyone who supports the critical work of helping homeless and near-homeless youth in the metro area to become self-sufficient.”
Dancers this year are (listed alphabetically):
- Xavier Carr, Lasik Plus
- Jen Day, Nebraska State Senator
- Jenny Else, Fiserv
- Aaron Jensen, Lindsay Corporation
- Katie Kuhl, Medical Solutions
- Precious Lesley, North End Teleservices and YES Board member
- Patrice Ott, Koley Jessen
- Jeff Shullaw, Midwest Medical Transport
- Stephanie Sullivan, Food Bank for the Heartland
This year’s dance instructors/performers (most returning from past years) are:
- Carolyn Ashton – Arts for All Inc.
- Leigh Chaves – JCC Dance Department
- Jared Dominguez – Vintage Ballroom
- Rebecca Hamata – Independent/Dance Out Loud Productions
- Kari Kratky – Independent
- Derek Pasqualetto – Vintage Ballroom
- Rebekah Pasqualetto – Vintage Ballroom
- Lucas Vargas – Vintage Ballroom
- Terry Vargas – TV Dance
Similar to Dancing with the Stars, Dance for a Chance pairs up dancers with instructors, who then work together to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice over the summer before competing in October.
At the same time, the dancers are working within their personal and professional networks – largely via social media – to raise awareness and money for Youth Emergency Services.
With this year’s theme being The Roaring Twenty-Twenties, dancers and instructors will wear costumes from the 1920s and incorporate dance elements from that period in their performances. Attendees are invited to dress in 1920s attire as well.
To accommodate attendees who may not be comfortable assembling at a big event or who live out of town but want to support dancers, instructors and YES, there will also be a virtual broadcast of this year’s Dance for a Chance.
Lindsay Corporation returns as this year’s Presenting Sponsor, after several years as a YES Champion level sponsor. Medical Solutions is a first-time sponsor at the YES Champion level. Midlands Business Journal/metroMagazine are the YES Media Sponsors.
Local comedian/entertainer and UNO communications professor Cameron Logsdon will serve as this year’s emcee, and former dancers/participants Melissa Marvin, Shonna Dorsey and Matt Farrell will serve as the judging panel.
Other sponsorships (including the virtual broadcast) remain available. Please contact YES Director of Development Barb Farho to learn more about the advantages of becoming a Dance for a Chance sponsor.
Dance for a Chance will also include silent auction items. Contact Barb if you’d like to make donations for that as well.
Learn more about our dancers, instructors and how you can help support Dance for a Chance and Youth Emergency Services at www.yesomaha.org as well as on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Event tickets are available for purchase online! They are $100/ticket and $1000/table of 10. This includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar (including signature drink), silent auction and LIVE entertainment! Guests are encouraged to wear 1920s attire. Ibsen Costume Gallery is giving all attendees a 15 percent discount on rentals (first come, first served).
Virtual tickets are also available for $25, and they include silent auction and live viewing via a telecast link (that will be emailed with each purchase).
Thank you to our 2021 Event Sponsors*:
YES Speakeasy Sponsor: Midwest Medical Transport
*Please contact Director of Development Barb Farho to learn more about how your organization/business can help support YES with a Dance for a Chance sponsorship!