Join our Holiday Drive to Support U.S. Troops

The Dancer’s Alchemy will be collecting items for U.S. troops during the holiday season through the City of Delray Beach who is partnering with “You Are Not Alone” (YANA) and “One Soldier at a Time” for the 10th annual Project Holiday.

Donations may be dropped off in our Lobby at 1203 Knuth Road Boynton Beach, FL 33436 through December 2nd.

We invite you to join us as we collect desperately needed items to ship to soldiers unable to come home for the holidays. The community is encouraged to experience the true spirit of the season by contributing to this worthy cause.

Examples of needed items are (travel size preferred):

  • Coffee
  • Thermoguard pads (heating pads)
  •  Holiday decorations (all faiths)
  • Bags of hard, individually wrapped candy and gum (i.e., lifesavers, dollar store hard candy – please no chocolates except for tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops, charm pops, etc.)
  • Snacks that can easily be put in their pockets while on duty (i.e., fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, etc.)
  • Dried meats (beef jerky, Slim Jim, pepperoni)
  • Boxes of granola bars or similar, individual bags of nuts, dried fruit, trail mix or sunflower seeds • Boxed and/or individual drink packets (i.e., Crystal Light, Wal-Mart or Target brand, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, etc.)
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Foil packed tuna and chicken
  • Purell hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion and sun block
  • Batteries (i.e., AA or AAA)
  • Hygiene products (foot powder, deodorant, toothpaste, baby wipes no bigger than  2½ wide packages)
  • Socks (e.g., white or black knee-hi)
  • Holiday and encouragement cards

Information on Project Holiday can also be found on the City’s website, mydelraybeach.com.

“You Are Not Alone” (YANA) is a local group sponsored by the City of Delray Beach that provides encouragement and emotional support to family members and friends of our soldiers.

“One Soldier at a Time” is a project that supports our deployed military with care packages and words of encouragement.

Thank you to Amy Alvarez for helping us get set up with this wonderful cause!

Local Premiere of “Brown Ballerina”

Check out “Brown Ballerina”, a short film staring Maryann Payne, which will premier locally on Friday, September 30th at Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray! This event will open with a live performance by composer and guitarist Billy Rogan before the film viewing and to close Maryann will hold a question and answer session and offer a live performance! It will be a joyous event!

Things to do: See short film starring local ballerina in Delray Beach

Buddy Walk Funding Provided Free Art Classes This Summer

We have heard from the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization that they have used the funding raised by The Dancer’s Alchemy during the 2015 Buddy Walk to provide free art classes for local adults this summer. The class has been so popular that they will continue to offer it during the fall and beyond! The participants have really enjoyed the class.

Thank you to all of the Southern Dance Theatre and Dancer’s Edge Company families and students who participated to make this event and the class for these students such a success.

You may see some familiar faces in the photos below, some of the members of the Special Arts Ensemble enjoyed their time painting this summer.

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Love Affair 2016 – Post-Show Announcement

Joan, Penni, Carissa - Love Affair 2016
We’re excited to announce that through the many generous donations, ticket sales, concession sales, and program gratitude messages to Miss Joan, the Dancer’s Alchemy raised $21,000. Expenses of the show, reception, and advertising were $8,000, of which $4,000 was underwritten and the remaining $4,000 was paid for by the money raised. The remaining $17,000 was donated to The Palm Beach Ballet Center trust to aide in the purchase of a hospital bed, wheelchair, and walker for Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimers.
 
Many thanks again for those who shared their time, money, and love to make this all possible.

Orlando Aerial Arts to Perform at A Love Affair to Honor Joan Miller

We are so excited that the lovely and talented Jennifer Pierce of Orlando Aerial Arts will be performing at A Love Affair. Jennifer met and worked with Ms. Joan Miller while she was in high school at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and under the direction of Penni Greenly as a student and company member at Southern Dance Theatre.  Penni and Ms. Julie Bravata sent Jennifer to Palm Beach Ballet Center to receive private coaching from Ms. Joan on ballet Variations.

Jennifer also performed with Ms. Joan’s performance company in A Christmas Carol and as a soloist in a Giordano Jazz production for a private event. Ms. Joan simply lit up a room when instructing. Her approach was warm and encouraging, but demanding of your personal best.

No stone was ever left unturned when coaching a variation. From the placement of your carriage to the approach of how to walk out of stage, Ms. Joan brought out the best in every individual who opened up their heart and mind to the art of dance.

Tickets & Donations

Tickets are on sale now here or by calling 561-901-4743. Order in advance and enjoy a discounted rate.

Donations can be made online here, during the performance, or by mailing a check to The Dancer’s Alchemy at 1203 Knuth Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Please make checks out to The Dancer’s Alchemy.

All ticket sales and donations are tax-deductible and go toward the care of Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimer’s.  The Dancer’s Alchemy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization – Tax ID: 16-1620182.  

Event Details

The legendary Steven Caras, acclaimed former New York City Ballet Dancer and Ballet Photographer, will deliver the Keynote Address.

Performers include: Florida Dance Conservatory, Orlando Aerial Arts, Pine Crest School, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Art Stage, Ballet Palm Beach, Ballet East, soloist Anna Gonzalez from The Harid Conservatory, The Dancer’s Edge Company of Southern Dance Theatre, Soloist Ryan Redmond, and Wings to Fly Dance Company.

Location: This benefit performance will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School.

5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496

Order a Video of A Love Affair: An Evening of Dance to Honor Joan Miller

Joan Miller - John Lightning VideoLong-time friends of Miss Joan Miller’s and many of those within the dance community, Lightning Videos will be filming A Love Affair: An Evening of Dance to Honor Joan Miller. For those who would like to purchase a video, whether you will be unable to attend or you’d like to remember this event, they can be ordered here.

50% of the proceeds to Joan’s care and it will be a lovely way for those out of town to be able to enjoy this event.

Wings to Fly Dance Company to Perform at A Love Affair

Wings to Fly Dance Company
Photo used with permission of Wings to Fly Dance Company

Wings to Fly Dance Company will perform “I Believe”, a truly inspiration piece, for A Love Affair: An Evening of Dance to Honor Joan Miller February 27, 2016 at 7pm.

Contemporary, yoga, ballet, modern, and jazz individually may be the cornerstones of dance companies worldwide, but when woven seamlessly into a unique dance vocabulary by the Wings to Fly Dance Company (WTF), an entire magical structure materializes rich with artistic excellence.  Revealing an appreciation of the depth and spirit of the human struggle, WTF will take you on a “Journey” of life – the dreams, challenges, triumph, and tragedies all with love and compassion in search of peace.

Integrating dancers with and without disabilities, their illuminating work is noted for an underlying sense of discovering truth, which resonates through people’s lives in a profound way. Wings to Fly Dance Company is known for integrating persons with disabilities, a collaboration where disabilities become abilities.

A Love Affair will be hosted by The Dancer’s Alchemy and held at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496.

Tickets are available for purchase now online or by calling 561-901-4743. A reception will follow the performance.

This year’s show promises to be sensational with Keynote Speaker Steven Caras, Internationally acclaimed former New York City Ballet dancer and ballet photographer.

Performances by soloist Ryan Redmond, Pine Crest School’s Dance ETC, Soloist Anna Gonzalez of The HARID Conservatory, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, The Dancer’s Edge Company of Southern Dance Theatre, ArtStage Performing Arts, Ballet East, Ballet Palm Beach, Florida Dance Conservatory, Orlando Aerial Arts, & Wings to Fly Dance Company!

All proceeds from this event will go to the care of Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimer’s.  Ticket proceeds are tax-deductible.  The Dancer’s Alchemy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID for The Dancer’s Alchemy is: 16-1620182.

Ballet Palm Beach to Perform at A Love Affair

Ballet Palm Beach
Photo used with permission of Ballet Palm Beach

Ballet Palm Beach, will perform their Excerpts from Gatsby piece featuring various 1920s Jazz Artists at A Love Affair: An Evening of Dance to Honor Joan Miller Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm.  We are excited that Ballet Palm Beach will be joining in this event!

Ballet Palm Beach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the art of ballet, impacting young lives through the discipline of dance, and enriching the community through the beauty of ballet.  Artistic Director, Colleen Smith, founded the organization in 2001 to give local dance artists and students the opportunity to perform in full-length ballet productions.  Ballet Palm Beach brings Palm Beach County a professional ballet company with performances at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens.

A Love Affair will be hosted by The Dancer’s Alchemy and held at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496.

Tickets are available for purchase now online or by calling 561-901-4743.  A reception will follow the performance.

All proceeds from this event will go toward the care of Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimer’s.

Bak Middle School of the Arts to Perform in A Love Affair

We are excited to announce that Bak Middle School of the Arts Dance Department will be performing to honor Joan Miller in the upcoming Love Affair Benefit performance!  This group has about 190 dance majors in grades 6-8, four full time faculty, and one Artist in Residence for West African Dance. Their mission is to develop technically proficient dancers who are versatile, thoughtful, and inquisitive. Guided by professionals in the field, the dancers train in classical ballet, a variety of modern and jazz styles, and cultural dances.

Through daily classes, rehearsals, and performances, these dancers develop creativity, discipline, and perseverance.  Field trips and residencies with American Dance Legacy Initiative and other guest teachers enhance the students’ growth in arts and academics. Performance opportunities include our annual concert, The Love Affair, Florida Honors Concert, MSOA Foundation events, Starfest at Bak, and Young Dancers in Concert. They are proud to have an active chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts that supports dance programs through Very Special Arts Palm Beach and serves the community through dance.

Bak will be performing a modern piece, Flow Form, by Ruth Andrien, former Paul Taylor dancer.    

A Love Affair: An Evening of Dance to Honor Joan Miller is a benefit performance hosted by The Dancer’s Alchemy.  All proceeds will go toward the care of Miss Joan Miller, Palm Beach Ballet Icon, who is living with Alzheimer’s.  Miss Joan has made a huge impact across the dance community, often providing dance scholarships to those in need, and this performance is our way of giving back.

This show will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm at The Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School.  5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online here or over the phone by calling 561-901-4743. A reception will follow the performance.

For anyone who wishes to send a message of gratitude or well-wishes to Miss Joan, you may place a Dedication Ad in the program for this show.  The deadline for this is January 31st.  Learn how, here.