All City Dance Showcase raises money for charity

More than 100 teens and dancers will be showing off their moves Friday night to raise money for two local charities.

Clay High School will host the annual All City Dance Showcase, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

About six high school dance teams from Clay, Marian, and St. Joseph's high schools, as well as three local dance studios, will compete. Proceeds will go toward Hannah's House, a Mishawaka home for pregnant teens and Secret Sister's Society, a South Bend organization that provides funds for underserved women ages 40-49 to receive cancer screenings. Since 2003, more than 4,000 mammograms have been scheduled through the Secret Sisters Society fund.

The students will be dancing to different genres of music including tap, pop, jazz, and funk.

Clay High School is sponsoring the event, which is in its sixth year.

“We raised $4800 last year,” said Clay High School dance coach Jenny Smith. "The highest we ever raised was $9800, so we hope to get somewhere between those two numbers."

The Clay High School Dance team voted on which charities would receive the proceeds from the showcase. Team members said they chose these two charities, because the organizations support and empower women.

"They don't care who you are, where you come from, what background you have that if you're in need, they're going to take care of you," said Sarah Searer, Clay High School dance team captain.

Doors for the event will open at 6:15 p.m. Friday night. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids three and under have free admission.

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