Ballroom Rocks Cleveland Dance/Concert Charity Extraaganza

We here at Ballroom Rocks Cleveland are excited to announce the Inaugural Charity Event of the year for Cleveland. In July/August of 2013 we are bringing you BALLROOM ROCKS CLEVELAND Concert/Dance Extravaganza Charity Event! We hope to have this exciting event held at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The charity we teamed up with is the, Anti-Defamation League, and their No Place For Hate® campaign,, seeks to provide a model for combating intolerance, bullying and hatred. It provides a unique opportunity to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message and connects a participating school to a larger initiative taking place in the region and in other other states.
Schools have the opportunity to become designated as No Place for Hate® by completing three steps during the school year.

1. Establish a No Place for Hate® Committee comprised of faculty, administrators, parents, students, Parent/Teacher Association and community members to spearhead the program. Each school’s No Place for Hate® Committee provides a useful foundation for developing infrastructures that are better equipped to handle school conflict and community concerns. The first task for the No Place for Hate® Committee is to complete a School Assessment, designed to answer questions about the demographic make up of the school, what types of resources are present and needed, and what concerns each member identifies as priorities.

2. Adopt the Resolution of Respect affirming a commitment to respect for diversity. The Resolution of Respect affirms the school’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment, where an individual feels safe and comfortable coming forward if victimized by hate or discrimination. It is displayed publicly as a constant reminder of the commitment.

3. Complete at least three anti-bias projects. Projects should expose young people to other cultures and faiths, celebrate diversity and promote respect for differences. Ideally, projects will help young people put current events into historical context, challenge them to think critically and evoke a sense of “community.”

Ballroom Rocks Cleveland, where Ballroom Dance meets YOUR Favorite Rock Stars! Dance and Music Extravaganza will host its 1st semi-annual fundraising event.We combine a great Rock Band /Artist with championship ballroom dancers all on one stage- To forge together the defiance of song that brings individual expression combined with the precision of two dancers selfless collaboration.
407.608.8530 –*
Lizabeth Rice, Cleveland Dance Fitness Examiner


95-year-old Cleveland Ballroom Dancer set to star in the 2nd annual Dancing with the Stars, Cleveland Charity event!

Claire Brinkman Marcus, 95, recently demonstrated her dancing abilities and capabilities in La Danse Cleveland’s Fall Showcase, where a few studios came together for an entire day of dance recitals that included solo exhibitions dances with students and their dance instructors. Claire took the spotlight in 3 solo exhibitions and a total of 10 dance routines.


Now Claire has agreed to participate in one of Cleveland’s top charity events “Dancing With The Stars, Cleveland Style” presented by La Danse Cleveland Dance Studios, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeastern Ohio.


To participate in this event, the dancers (Stars) are put through an 8-week strenuous training schedule. Claire states, “I dance despite the workout, fitness and other benefits that come along with dancing through the 15 years I have been taking ballroom dance lessons…. one word to describe what I get from my lessons – “FUN”!” As a big smile enlightens her face as we speak about her dancing.


Claire was born in 1916, through the World War I era she suffered through the “Flu Epidemic”, that took over 600,000 million American lives during that time. She started taking dance lessons 15 years ago in Alexandria Virginia, where she was at the time a Government Attorney.


When asked what dance is her favorite, Claire states, “The East Coast Swing”, one of the most invigorating dances that are among the popular ballroom dances today.

Claire feels that she was handed a gift from God to be so alive and able to keep up with what comes along with the dancing, not just the “FUN” aspect, but the physical and mental abilities that are part of the benefits that come along with taking 2 to 3, 45 minute lessons a week.


Everyone will be able to witness Claire Brinkman Marcus competing with other Cleveland celebrities at the Dancing With The Stars Cleveland Style, December 17th, 2011 at the Cuyahoga Community College East Campus Theatre, presented by LA DANSE CLEVELAND Dance studios.

For more info call 216.464.5325,



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