IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – It’s been a successful year for the Extreme Ballroom Dance Company, which won gold for a major competition for the show that has now become the year-end showcase for the troop. The dance troupe also uses the final showcase to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees.
“This particular year with wanting to raise money for Ukrainians, I think it helped, you know, to stimulate people’s desire to go and see the show because they also want to help,” Staci said. Houston, owner and director of Extreme Ballroom Dance. .
Houston says that for every ticket sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to Ukrainian funds.
“We’re going to donate one dollar for each ticket to these two organizations,” Houston said. “So the more people we can get there, the more people we can help in Ukraine.”
She says the show will have more than the performance.
“It’s called ‘The Pirates Life for Me,’ and so in our pre-show we’ll have the entire civic auditorium decorated like a pirate ship. You’ll walk in and feel like you’re under the water and having all kinds of things to look at too. As things to do. We’ll have a balloon animal balloon there. We’ve got face paint, we’ve got a little scavenger hunt for the kids we have, live talking parrots that will be there to greet guests and be in the lobby, so it will be a lot of fun, especially for young children,” she said.
Houston says having members of their dance troupe from conflict-affected areas inspired them to reach out.
“So the reason we would like to help with this fund for Ukrainian refugees and orphanages is that we have people in our own program who come from Ukraine, and they started this,” she said. “We also have someone from Poland and they have an orphanage fund that they run as well. And so we have, you know, those people in our business and we know them and know what their families are going through and what that these people go through first hand has really helped us to want to be actively involved in helping these people, there are people like us in their suffering.”
Houston also tells us that the dance company has partnered with other businesses in the area to raise money for refugees. Along with the other businesses, she tells us they have raised over $2,500 so far.
The show will take place at Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls with two separate shows on Saturday, April 23. One show will take place at 2 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show will be available. in line.
Houston also says the troupe will hold auditions on May 21 for anyone 18 and under interested in joining the group.