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Paramus, Ridgefield Performing Non-Profits Staging Weekend Meet Up

Young Dancer's Dream Fund participants have more space to move. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Dancer's Dream Fund
Lori Michaels, left, and Monica Byrne give the Daily Voice a tour of the recording studio in Peak's facility. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. — A pair of non-profit groups dedicated to helping local famlies in the performing arts are holding their first joint session this Sunday to promote their new partnership and encourage others to join them.

Members of Dancer's Dream Fund (DDF) of Paramus and Reach Out Inc. will be joined by industry mentors and coaches, as well as other philanthropic members from the community from 9 a.m.-noon at the PEAK Performing Arts Center on Grand Avenue in Ridgefield.

Monica Byrne-Pidhorecki, who founded the DDF, and Lori Michaels, the creator of Reach Out Inc. will conduct a Q&A, joined by Dance Mogul Magazine's CEO Basil Harris and the magazine's director of marketing, Anthony Harris.

They'll discuss upcoming rehearsals at Peak's 11,000 square-foot facility and try to recruit entertainers and others for performances at hospitals, street fairs and other community fundraisers in the area.

That includes dancers, vocalists, musicians and DJ's of all ages; anyone who would like to be involved with the behind-the-scenes production of shows/special events (lighting, sound, marketing, fashion, and more) and sponsors or volunteers

DDF, which has been using rented and donated space around Bergen County, found a perfect partner with Reach Out, which raises awareness about the perils of drugs, alcohol, violence, prejudice, and life threatening diseases.

Dancer's Dream Fund's mission "is very much so in alignment with what we do with our nonprofit," Michaels said. "This was a natural collaboration and partnership -- not only to help kids but families and surrounding communities in the arts to really just to be happy and to enjoy life and be the best they can be."

Byrne hopes the partnership will help DDF grow.

"As a young nonprofit we're still kind of finding our way," she said. "I'm looking at (Lori) as a role model for what I want our nonprofit to become. Partnering up in this program is a good step in that direction."

The only program that won't shift over is a music and movement class for disabled children, she said.


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