CAN'T STAND STILL - An Adaptive Dance-A-Thon hosted by Healing Hearts and New Paradigm Theatre Co.
The New Paradigm Theatre Company, a nonprofit theatre well-known for collaborations with other community nonprofits co-hosted “Can’t Stand Still” an Adaptive Dance-A-Thon produced with local nonprofit Healing Hearts on Friday, July 16th.
The Dance-A-Thon took place at BreakThu Fitness located in Stamford and 25 youth from both organizations danced, participated in fun “Olympic” games and socialized.
Healing Hearts Adaptive Recreation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs to foster friendships, promote fitness, and support independence. Executive director, Kimberly Colletto says, “We at Healing Hearts Adaptive Recreation provide a weekly Friday night Club Night with a different theme every week! We were very excited for our first Dance-A-Thon and collaboration with New Paradigm Theater Co, and hope to make this a yearly event!”
The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a nonprofit organization promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. The Dance-A-Thon was the brainchild of Youth Board Director and recent UConn graduate, Katherine Griffin. “The Youth Board is always looking for opportunities to build community and to participate in service or fundraising projects. After a long period of time without in person events due to Covid, this event was the perfect way to get everyone excited and engaged.”
NPT produces professional shows that often assist other local nonprofits with strategic partnerships that highlight theatre and the arts as key components of a healthy community.
This August, New Paradigm Theatre will present “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature West End London star, Craig Pinder, as Reverend Shaw Moore as well as local youth and adults.
“The Dance-A-Thon was a natural tie-in to the show” says NPT Artistic Director, Kristin Huffman. We also have some special needs students as well as in-need and typical students that are in our cast and they all get to work foot-to-foot with our stars.”
Tickets for Footloose can be found at: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53896
For more information about Healing Hearts visit: http://healingheartsrecreational.org/