Ipswich Kids Dance for Difference

Can a bunch of young Queensland dancers make a difference to their world just by doing what they love most?

The team at Chilarity certainly think so. And so do some of Ipswich’s best young dancers.

Their mission: Use their love of dance to bring love to others who need it.

Their medium: D3 (‘Dream Dance Donate’) – A Kids’ Charity Dance Spectacular that preselects approximately 25 of Queensland’s top dance routines for display on one fun and inspiring night, which is open to the public.

Their goal: To raise well over $10,000 to help improve the lives of kids less fortunate than they are.

Details: Saturday 24th of August at ERPAC (Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre), St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. Tickets on sale through Ticketek.

D3 had it’s successful debut in 2012 and featured two Ipswich dance groups in the D3 Finale – IT Studios and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar. Both groups did extremely well, especially IT studios who were awarded two prestigious prizes on the night – 1st place by Audience Vote and tied 2nd Place by Adjudicator Vote. Not bad for a new dance studio just starting out in competitions! Both dance groups will be entering D3 again this year to help create an even more outstanding event, as well as other Ipswich Dance Groups, including dancers from West Moreton Anglican College.

D3 is run by Chilarity (‘children for charity’) – a not-for-profit organization with a twist – the kids are in charge! Chilarity was founded by then 7-year-old Kayla McAlpine and is growing into the newest kids’ movement to hit Queensland! Chilarity is all about allowing today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders the best opportunity to get behind community issues they feel strongly about and make their own difference – rather than waiting around for these issues to be addressed by older generations. Seeking the future game-changers of Australia these kids are in charge of how they raise money and what that money then goes towards.

Last year, money raised was donated to Make-a-Wish Australia. This year, the dancers have voted to help improve the health and wellbeing of kids in third world countries. Four worthy charities have been nominated – Unicef, World Vision, Child Fund and Save the Children….but they will be competing for the dancers’ votes on the night to become the D3 benefactor for 2013. We can’t wait to see who wins!

But that’s not all. As well as being for a worthy cause, D3 aims to set itself apart from other dance competitions by creating a great audience experience. How?
• We find top Aussie MC’s to host the event
• We select performances, from a variety of dance genres and age groups, that will either inspire you with the talent and technique on display, make you laugh out loud with humour or wow you with daring tricks
• We focus on creating a family-friendly atmosphere that will be enjoyed by all ages
• We incorporate the audience into the experience – by making them the judge! That’s right – as well as adjudicator awards, D3 offers 1st through 3rd place audience awards for the dance routines voted most popular by an sms poll.
• Through prizes and give-aways
• We’ll aim to have you dancing too by the end of the night!
So can a bunch of child dancers from Queensland make a difference to kids across the other side of the world? You’ll have to come to D3 to find out!
For more information on the event, please visit:
• Ticketek – Search for D3 (on sale from 1st May)
• Facebook/Chilarity
• Twitter/Chilarity
• http://d3.chilarity.org
• For general enquiries, please contact d3@chilarity.org or emma.mcalpine@chilarity.org

*We have photos available from last year but we should get permission from the dancers first

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