Charity dance competition draws 500-plus performers

Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., held its annual performing arts competition April 21 to 24 at North Haven High School, drawing more than 500 performers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

“Each year, the organization holds its main competition in the springtime,” Kids for Kids’ Caity Steele said. “Each year when this event comes up, the volunteers almost put their lives on hold to plan it. It’s a lot of hard work, but we love what we do.”

The competition is divided into categories by age, and dance styles.

North Haven-based Kids for Kids is dedicated to raising funds for children in medical or financial need. Established in 1994, the group’s first event was a single-day dance competition. Over the years, that competition has evolved into weekend-long dance competitions, holiday benefit shows, toy collections, charity dinners, walks, and much more.

“Kids for Kids does a lot more than fundraising; it shapes the lives of young people who dedicate themselves to helping other children,” the group states on its website. “The organization fosters a spirit of compassion and devotion that youth participants and volunteers will carry into their adult lives. Several of our current board members began in 1994 as young adults with the drive to do whatever was necessary. Now adults, they still have that same drive and are role models for the young children that help us today. We are proud of these incredible people and know that they will take this organization beyond any goals that are set.”


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