Dance For A Difference
What is Dance for a Difference?
The Dance for a Difference Benefit Concert is the culmination of a year of hard work and giving by Raising the Barre members. The concert takes place on April 19th at 3pm at the Bankhead Theater in Downtown Livermore. This year’s concert will benefit the Livermore Veterans Hospital, an inpatient facility part of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).
VAPAHCS consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, Calif., plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world’s finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.
VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary showing its more than 85,000 enrolled Veterans that they are “Serving those who Served”.
VAPAHCS is home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA with extensive research centers in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord regeneration, schizophrenia, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, HIV research, and a Health Economics Resource Center.
An affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties.
Research is conducted in the following areas: spinal cord injury, genomics, cooperative studies/clinical studies, diabetes, drug abuse, pain management, cancer, endocrinology, immunology, musculoskeletal, hypertension, dermatology, atherosclerosis, nephrology, bioterrorism, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hepatitis, ophthalmology, optometry, polytrauma, vision rehabilitation and cardiology.
The concert will feature dancers from Raising the Barre, Tiffany’s Dance Academy, and the professional company ConDanza, whose members are our very own TDA teachers. For the second consecutive year, we are thrilled to welcome the East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars Band for a live music collaboration!
Wondering what the dances will look like? While we need to keep a few surprises for the show, expect everything from modern, jazz, tap, and ballet, plus a special ceremony to honor veterans in attendance.
Following the event there will be a dessert reception and a silent auction with proceeds benefitting Livermore Veteran’s Hospital.
Link to tickets coming soon!
What is Raising the Barre?
Tiffany’s Dance Academy is the home of the national non-profit charity Raising the Barre. With chapters all over the country, dancers in Raising the Barre look to improve their local communities through dance. The members are ages 13-18 years old and participate in outreach programs such as food drives, trash clean ups, senior center performances, and much more! Raising the Barre is also proud to have built a College Scholarship Fund that is awarded each Spring to graduating members. To date, Raising the Barre has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to their students.
The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars is an after-school program for high-caliber musical performance and education for high school jazz musicians. East Bay Jazz’s two ensembles, big band and combo, rehearse on a weekly basis and frequently perform between January to June. In East Bay Jazz students develop their skills within the jazz idiom, gain real-world performance experience, and share our love of music with the East Bay community and beyond. East Bay Jazz’s educational programs are fully supported by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.
We often get asked, “What is the best way for me to get involved?”
The answer is to come to our performances and spread the word about our cause. If you have a dancer between the ages of 13-18 we would love to welcome them into our membership. For more information about joining Raising the Barre email firstname.lastname@example.org.