About Dancers Give Back Dallas
In December 2010, Micaela White from Plano TX, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. On August 17, 2011, this amazing, beautiful girl was taken from us at the age of 18. This tremendous loss led me to Ali Dietz and her mother, Mary Alice Dietz. They had experienced a similar loss of their close friend, Jacquie Hirsch, and therefore, started an organization called Dancers Give Back, based out of Buffalo, New York. The organization was founded 10 years ago, and the success and camaraderie it has brought to the community has been overwhelming.
To this date, Dancers Give Back Buffalo has raised more than $415,000 within their community to provide support to cancer patients and their families as well as cancer research being done at Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo, where Jacquie Hirsch was treated. After the success of the event in Buffalo, we wanted to expand our community to other parts of the nation with the first stop: Dallas, Texas.
Our first event took place January 4-5, 2014, which consisted of master classes, Q&A sessions, lectures, a silent auction of donated gifts, as well as a performance on Saturday evening. The event was held at Bishop Lynch High School. It was open to all dancers 12 years old and up (including working professionals). We were fortunate to have raised $27,000 our first season. Years to follow, Dancers Give Back Dallas has been able to donate just over $40,000 each year. This year’s event is scheduled for December 28-30, 2018. Dance Industry Performing Arts Center is hosting the event this year in their brand-new facility in Plano, Texas.
Our faculty is comprised of teachers from the Texas area, as well as talent from Los Angeles and New York. Aside from master classes we hold a silent auction that spans from convention tuition to sports tickets to Broadway show tickets. This project is monumental to us and we would love to see the Texas dance community come together.
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to Micaela's Army Foundation for cancer research in pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancers and to help support cancer patients and their families. Let us unite, give back, and "dance" toward a cure!
Dancers Give Back (DGB) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
On June 9, 2014, Dancers Give Back wrote a check in the amount of $14,000 to Micaela's Army, which was then donated to Dr. Theodore Laetsch MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Children;'s Medical Center, Dallas. This clinical trial combines targeted therapy for pediatric and young adult patients with refractory germ cell tumors.
On July 9, 2014, Dancers Give Back wrote a check in the amount of $7,000 to Micaela's Army, which was then donated to the bereavement care program at Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. This particular program helps siblings and parents who have lost a child to cancer.
On September 25, 2015, Dancers Give Back wrote a check in the amount of $40,000 to Micaela's Army, which was then donated to Dr. Kenneth Chen's project. Dr. Kenneth Chen is an assistant instructor, pediatric hematology/oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. Dr. Chen's project is replacement therapy for MIRNA-impaired WILMS tumors. WILMS tumors is the most common pediatric kidney cancer and the third most common solid tumor in childhood.
On September 26, 2016 Dancers Give Back Dallas donated $40,000 to Micaela's Army Foundation from our January event. In total, the foundation was able to make a donation of $60,000 to help the following 3 programs:
- $24,000 to Dr. Samuel Johns, UT Southwestern Medical Center, supporting research program: targeting LILRB4 BY CAR-T cells for treatment of AML LEUKEMIA;
- $24,000 to Dr. Naomi Winick, UT Southwestern Medical Center, supporting research program: brain injury in childhood pediatric cancer patients;
- $12,000 to Dr. James Amatruda, UT Southwestern Medical Center, donating research lab freezer.
*** Danders Give Back Dallas is currently in the process of solidifying our donation for 2017.