2021 Dance For A Chance
Dance for a Chance Moved to October to Ensure Dancer, Audience Safety During Ongoing Pandemic
In order to ensure dancer and audience safety during the ongoing pandemic, Youth Emergency Services (YES) is moving its annual 2021 Dance for a Chance fundraising event to October 7. It will once again be held at the Omaha Design Center.
After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this year’s Dance for a Chance: The Roaring Twenty-Twenties was originally scheduled for August 2021.
But in order to allow more time for vaccinations and safe congregating, the decision to move the event back two months was the right move.
“Because of the nature of our event – especially when you have dancers and instructors spending weeks practicing together before performing together – we wanted to make sure we give everyone time to vaccinate and then safely congregate,” said Barb Farho, YES Director of Development.
“We are looking into some virtual elements to add to this year’s event for those who may not feel comfortable attending in person, and we are looking forward to having an event where people can safely come together and celebrate.”
YES is currently assembling a list of dancers and instructors for this year’s event. Based on recent years, YES anticipates more than 500 people in attendance physically and virtually.
The 2019 Dance for a Chance proved the most successful in the history of YES, raising more than $130,000.
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.
Attendees enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks; a silent auction, wine grab, and photo booth, and a variety of impressive dance routines with the opportunity to cheer on and vote for their favorites.
“While we expect most people will be vaccinated by October, we will monitor world and local events to determine final in-person attendance to safely gather and celebrate together,” Farho said.
Please visit YES social media regularly to learn more as the event comes together.
Thank you to our 2021 event sponsors* (so far):
*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!