OAKLAND, Calif. – June 13 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Saturday, July 16, Bay area ballroom dancers will gather to honor Connecting Through Dance’s fifth year anniversary and raise funds for the non-profit organization that has used dance to bridge the gap between the visually impaired and sighted communities.

*Photo Caption: Ballroom dancers will gather to honor Connecting Through Dance’s fifth year anniversary.

Called the Celebration Ball, the event features an “un” silent auction, introductory dance lesson, dance demonstrations by the CTD VIPs (Visually Impaired Partners) and formation dance teams, an open floor for ballroom and Latin dancing, and a free dessert bar.

Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance online, www.connectingthroughdance.org, or else $25 at the door. The Lake Merritt Dance Center is located at 200 Grand Avenue (at Harrison Avenue) in Oakland. The Celebration Ball runs from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.

For more information, contact dancewithctd @ yahoo.com or call 510-501-4713.

About Connecting Through Dance

Founded five years ago by dance instructor, Gene Russo, and Joan Schubin, Connecting Through Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that bridges the gaps created by race, creed, color, sexual orientation, disabilities, and generations, through the experience and principles of partner dancing. Studies indicate dance can improve a person’s sense of balance and strength, but for the visually impaired, the rewards go beyond the body.

Visually impaired dancers build self-confidence and a sense of connection within themselves and with others when they participate in dancing, but the opportunities for dancing in an environment where the instructor and sighted partners are sensitive to the visually impaired dancer’s needs are far and few between. Connecting Through Dance (CTD) provides such an environment and thus both sighted and visually impaired participants reap the benefits of dance: balance, teamwork and confidence.

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Who: Connecting Through Dance VIPs and Guide Dancers

What: 5th Anniversary Celebration Ball, including an “un” silent auction, introductory dance lesson, dance demonstrations by the CTD VIPs (Visually Impaired Partners) and formation dance teams, an open floor for ballroom and Latin dancing, and a free dessert bar.

Where: Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave. at Harrison, Oakland, 94610

When: July 16, 2005 7:00 to 11:00. Doors open at: 6:30

Tickets are $20 in advance. $25.00 at the door.

For online ticket purchases: www.connectingthroughdance.org

For information: dancewithctd @ yahoo.com or call 510 501-4713

This news announcement was provided free of cost on behalf of Connecting through Dance, by Neotrope/Send2Press.

News issued by: Connecting through Dance

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