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If you were not at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn Thursday, November 7 you missed something truly special. The Stars of New York Dance is a charitable dance competition amongst prestigious New York City leaders to raise dance scholarship funds for young people who come from low income communities. The program hopes to help them develop discipline confidence and self-esteem so they can succeed in school and in life.

This year was the fourth and most exciting dance competition they've had yet since it's inception in 2010, from what was being said amongst spectators. The six Prominent community leaders teamed up with six professional dancers to give us a show to remember. The night was truly special because author, artist, philanthropist and founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Danny Simmons was honored with the 2013 State of New York Dance Stellar Humanitarian Award for his commitment to advancing young people through arts of all kind and his love and service to the community.

Amongst the New York City leaders and their professional dancers who performed were
L. Henry Executive Director of Frank R. Bell Funeral home, Inc. and his partner Melissa Gray of Leaps and Bounds School of Dance who opened up the show with a bang! With their great showmanship an excellent selection of music the competition was heated up from start to finish.

Next was Carlo A. Scissura, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO and his partner Keisha James of Restoration Youth Arts Academy whose performance you could say was staying alive just as the song by the Bee Gees insinuated. Judges seemed to love their energy and their concept of young versus old, not to mention there Saturday night fever dance moves.

Following, L. Joy Williams President of the Brooklyn NAACP and her partner Asaa Yaa from the School of Arts whose performance you could say was full of sassiness, attitude, and a beautiful purple dress she made herself setting off the whole performance.

Elwanda Young, Sr. Vice President and CEO of the United Way of NYC, and her partner Victor Reddick of the Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn had a performance that woo'd the crowd with it's amazing choreography and flips and spins. 

Minister Joel Youngblood COO of Mt Pisgah Baptist Church and his partner Naeemah Brown of Cradle N the Rock Youth Dance Ensemble gave a performance that was a true production. The performance was Michael Jackson themed and you most definitely felt as though the king of pop was back by the time the performance was done.

Last but not least, the competition winners: Hon. Betty Staton Executive Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services and her partner Jude M. Perry-Evans of the Balance Dance Theater went on stage and gave us the "Perfect Performance". Being significantly older than most of the ladies in the competition did not stop Ms. Betty from showing the so-called young ladies in the building "how it supposed to be done" as she went onstage and moved her hips and danced her heart out. With a spectacular partner who complemented her oh so well Ms.Betty and Jude's performance won the hearts of everybody in the audience and not to mention a $5000 scholarship for a wonderful cause.

The night was truly a success and I was extremely honored to attend this event I encourage you to not miss next year's competition! Why not catch a great show and help contribute to our young people in need!

-iSocialite's Sharda Shubert

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