Dance benefit for REACH set for June 22

By Meaghann Lynne | Jun 07, 2013

Special to The Mountaineer — The RaqShuraka Dance Company of Waynesville is hosting “A Night of Dance,” at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART), 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville.  Proceeds will benefit REACH, a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency services to any person who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse.

“A Night of Dance” will feature swing, belly dance, clogging, rumba, musical theater, Egyptian folkloric and tap dance.

Event participants include The RaqShuraka Dance Company, Raqs Beledi Bellydance Studio, Rex and Debra Hodge, Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy, Logan Labbe, Body Lyrics Belly Dance, and Michel Beadle as the master of ceremonies.

“We are so excited to host this benefit performance,” said Meaghann Lynne, director of The RaqShuraka Dance Company.  “So many talented dancers have donated their time and talent.  The line-up is superb!”

The RaqShuraka Dance Company is the award winning student troupe of Raqs Beledi Bellydance Studio.  Their mission is to strengthen women and the community in which they live by performing for local rehabilitation homes, fundraiser events and community festivals.

Kelly Burrell, double survivor of domestic abuse and assistant director of The RaqShuraka Dance Company, is the visionary and heart behind “A Night of Dance.”

“I can say from experience that being abused can make you feel trapped and alone,”Burrell said.  “REACH may be the only lifeline for people who are abused.  Having a safe place in our community for survivors to turn to could mean the difference between life and death.”

Since 1982, REACH has worked with several thousand women, children and men, offering programs that allow them a chance to rebuild their lives, free of violence.  Their long-standing goal is to reduce the incidence of trauma associated with violence by providing crisis intervention and prevention services to the community.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling REACH at 456-7898.