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Young Dancer Chooses to Pay it Forward on her Birthday, In Lieu of Gifts, Making A Donation to Dance Kids of Monterey County

Dancer Alexa Julian could have chosen personal birthday gifts, which for a dancer usually means new leotards or tights, a dance bag or a new pair of pointe shoes.

Carmel, CA, March 12, 2019 — Dancer Alexa Julian could have chosen personal birthday gifts, which for a dancer usually means new leotards or tights, a dance bag or a new pair of pointe shoes. Instead, she chose to honor her birthday by honoring her first passion, dance.

Through personal notes and social media posts to friends and family, for her birthday, Julian requested donations to Dance Kids of Monterey County, a nonprofit youth theatrical organization that the 15-year-old has been dancing with for six years.

She was able to donate a check for $231 to Dance Kids. She has danced in Dance Kids’ renowned “Nutcracker” ballet since she was 9 years old. Her instructors/coaches have included Philip Pegler, Sandra Burnham, Ashley Rutherford and Amanda Casas.

Julian excels in jazz and contemporary styles of movement, yet her emphasis on classical ballet finds this otherwise typical teenager in the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts dance studios, seven days a week and often more than five hours a day.

One week before her birthday, Alexa placed second overall in her performance of classical ballet variation from the ballet, “Giselle” and the variation called the “third shade” from “La Bayadere,” a ballet first performed in 1877 in St. Petersburg, Russia with choreography by Marius Petipa. She placed in the top 12 for her contemporary dance “McQueen,” an homage to Alexander McQueen, the late British fashion designer and couturier in the House of Givenchy, at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Competition.

She has been invited to participate in the final competition of YAGP in New York City. As many gifted young people must learn, life is a series of choices. Alexa also garnered a coveted space in the summer intensive at the Paris Opera Ballet as well as the International Ballet Master Classes, held at the Czech National Ballet in Prague. Paris and Prague have taken precedence over New York. She leaves midsummer for the dance intensives many only can dream of attending.

Although only 15 and a pre-professional dancer on her first steps to a career, she chose to honor an organization promoting the arts to young people and to help others, even on her special day!

About Dance Kids

With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids of Monterey County, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experience that support the youth of the Monterey Peninsula. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker” and original spring musicals written by Walt de Faria and a full-length spring ballet, produced at Sunset Center.

Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musical and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued at the venue for the spring musicals, until those too, outgrew the dance studio. “Nutcracker” moved to Sunset Center in 1995 and has remained there as its home venue except for the years the center was being remodeled.

Dance Kids “Nutcracker” has grown into a premier production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. This year is one of pivotal change and growth.

Street Address:

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6225

Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 622-9008

Fax: (831) 218-1293

Email: info@dancekids.org

Website: dancekids.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.dancekids.org

Want to Play Santa This Season? Read on…

Here’s a worthy cause to aid the less fortunate, in Bangalore City.

Bangalore, India, December 19, 2012 — Theja George, a 28 year old HR professional from Bangalore has taken it upon herself for the third year in succession, to collect and distribute Blankets to the less fortunate in Bangalore. After the grand success of her charitable endeavor “Blankets and Quilts” over the last two years, Theja wants to repeat the same this year.

Rather than taking on the usual path of ‘what-can-I-do-alone’ powerlessness that many of us hide behind, this go-getter decided to actually “do” something to bring comfort to the needy. “Bangalore had one of the coldest winters last year, and I needed two blankets to keep myself warm,” Theja recalls the moment that inspired her to fight for the cause, “On the road one day, I began wondering how the poor slept at night without any covering at all. So I decided on this initiative of collecting blankets for them.”

Using the festive season to her advantage Theja and her friends dressed up like Santa Claus, Elves and went about the neighborhood singing Christmas carols to promote her worthy cause. The goal was to collect 500 blankets and to her amazement she landed up collecting 650 blankets! She along with her friends went around personally distributing the blankets among the poor on the road.

“Instead of donating money, give people whatever they require and make sure you personally hand it over to them. Seeing the expression on their faces when their needs are met is priceless and worth every bit of the effort you put into it. You also ensure that it goes to the people it is meant for” says Theja.

Every donation counts, your contribution will go a long way in making the life of a less fortunate person comfortable. If you would like to make a donation or want further information regarding this noble cause, email Theja George on thejageorge@yahoo.com with the subject line saying Blankets and Quilts. We all may not be cut out to initiate or execute such praiseworthy undertakings, but we can definitely extend our support to those who do!

Press & Media Contact:
Theja George
Marching Ants Marketing LLP
Bangalore, India
+91 93432 01069
thejageorge@yahoo.com
http://www.marchingantsllp.com

Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website at www.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368
Contact:Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
Charles ‘Chuck’ Miller, President
Email: info@ruralretreatdepot.org