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DAC Student Body Votes to Support New Cause

by Karyn Edison

Continuing with its rich tradition of caring for the community around them, the students at the Dancing Arts Academy have begun their first Birthday Wishes drive.

Birthday Wishes is a non-profit that provides birthday parties for homeless children. Founded in 2002 to serve a  local shelter, Birthday Wishes has grown to serve more than 165 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York. Its goal is to provide birthday parties to all homeless children in Massachusetts and to make its model available to homeless family programs nationwide.


(Jessica Lynch holding the Birthday Wishes sign)

Dancing Arts Academy student Jessica Lynch first heard about the organization from her Girl Scout troop. She proposed supporting Birthday Wishes to DAA’s student government body, who unanimously supported the idea.

“Part of our program here is getting the students to understand the importance of philanthropy. In our continuing effort to give back, our students decided to help Birthday Wishes by serving as a drop off site for the convenience of local citizens.  The students have already contributed several items to kick off the drive,” says Dancing Arts Center and Dancing Arts Academy Director, Karyn Edison.  “Now, we’re asking the community to support our cause by donating goodie bag items (no candy or toys that depict violence), left-over decorations, paper goods and small gifts."

The DAC’s Birthday Wishes drive will continue until April 14. Those willing to help are encouraged to drop off their donations in the school’s lobby collection bin or contact Director Karyn Edison at 508-429-7577 for arrangements.

About the Dancing Arts Center:
The Dancing Arts Center, located in Holliston, Massachusetts, provides instruction in
classical ballet, modern dance, improvisation, character, jazz, Pointe, and choreography, and offers a variety of other performance-related classes through the year.  DAC’s teaching foundation is based on the philosophy that good dance training awakens the senses and stimulates emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. It believes in nurturing each student’s desires, and enhancing their love of dance, through creative expression, exploration, and discovery.

Its small class size fosters careful, and progressive development of each student’s artistry. For more information about the Dancing Arts Center (dance school), Dancing Arts Academy (academic and dance day school) or the Dancing Arts Ensemble (not-for-profit performing company), contact the director, Karyn Edison at 508-429-7577 or visit the website