2011 USA Tango Champions Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant Kick up Their Heels in Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Fundraiser

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Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant, the 2011 USA Tango Champions, will perform on October 16, 2011 at the Danny Kaye Playhouse to support a fundraiser called "Hollywood" benefitting the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The fundraiser, called "Hollywood," by "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith, supports research leading to discoveries in understanding the causes and improving treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

2011 USA Tango Champions Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant kick up their heels in Brain & Behavior Research Foundation fundraiser

2011 USA Tango Champions Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant kick up their heels in Brain & Behavior Research Foundation fundraiser

Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant, 2011 USA Tango Champions, will perform on October 16, 2011 at the Danny Kaye Playhouse for a fundraiser called "Hollywood" benefitting the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Gayle Madeira and Sidney Grant, professional dancers based in New York City and 2011 USA Tango Champions, will perform on October 16, 2011 at the Danny Kaye Playhouse for a fundraiser called "Hollywood" benefitting the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The event, which is being thrown by "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith, supports research leading to discoveries in understanding the causes and improving treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

The fundraiser will include some of the most talented performers in the world. "SYTYCD" top 20 contestant and world 10 dance champion Iveta Lukosuite, and her partner Gherman Mustuc, and National 10 dance amateur champions Sasha Chernositov and his partner Regina Maziarz are just some of the many stars sharing their talents that evening.

Benefit Event Details
“Hollywood” is on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Danny Kaye Playhouse. Doors open 5:30pm for 6:00pm show. Tickets from $20 to $55. For reservations, visit the Danny Kaye Playhouse box office or call 212.772.4448.
Danny Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Ave (Park & 68th at Hunter College)
New York, NY 10065

About Gayle and Sid
Gayle Gibbons Madeira is an award-winning painter, dancer and choreographer based in New York City. She began dancing with the Loudoun Ballet Company in Virginia at age five and was graduated from the prestigious dance conservatory at the State University of NY, College at Purchase with a BFA in 1992. She has performed work by Paul Taylor, José Limón, David Parsons, Neil Greenberg, Kevin Wynn, Gleich Contemporary Ballet, Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, David Gordon’s Pick-Up Dance Company and Shapiro & Smith among others. Gayle’s choreography has been produced in: Dunois Theater (Paris, France), Boston (“The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” at Opera Boston), Spoleto Festival USA, Here Theater, Joyce SoHo, Bard College (“In a Pig’s Valise”), Manhattan School of Music (“Mirandolina”) and PACE University, among others. In 2006, Gayle began dancing Argentine tango. She has performed tango with Carlos Vera (Forever Tango), Sidney Grant, Lexa Roséan, Artem Maloratsky, Anton Gazenbeek, Raul Cabral, Jorge Juanatey, Monica Paz and Walter Zylinski. Gayle holds the champion tango titles for both the 2011 U.S. Tango Championship in salon category with Sidney Grant and the 2008 U.S. Tango Championship in stage category with partner Lexa Roséan. Gayle and Sid donated the winning proceeds from the championship to Ballroom Basix™. Gayle's paintings are included in numerous private and institutional collections and have been exhibited in several shows and galleries including the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center's "Brave Destiny" surrealism show and New York Hall of Science "Art Envisions Science." Madeira was Artist-of-the-Month in the Artist’s Magazine February 2010 issue.

Also known as Doctor Dance, Sidney's career has spanned over two decades of dedication to the art of social dancing, specializing in Argentine Tango. Teaching young and old alike in a variety of settings (studios, schools, senior centers, and corporate/private events) Sid is in constant demand for his unique instruction and performance. His passion for partner dancing has enabled him to build a worldwide clientele, including choreographing hundreds of wedding couples' first dances. He was valedictorian in the School of Journalism and Communication at Rutgers College, where he minored in Spanish.

A proud SAG member, Sid appeared in the films Mad Hot Ballroom, Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas, and Julia Roberts' Mona Lisa Smile, in which he danced with Academy & Tony award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, who chairs the Advisory Committee of Sid’s not-for-profit: Ballroom Basix™, an arts-in-education initiative that brings the "fun, fitness & fancy footwork" of partner dancing non-competitively to schoolchildren. Headquartered in Harlem, Ballroom Basix™ exposes inner city kids to the joy and etiquette of social dancing, enabling student to dance -- rotationally and respectfully -- with one another regardless of shape, size, ability or popularity, thereby fulfilling its motto: "making manners matter...one step at a time!". Sid is committed to the expansion of this non-competitive model so that no student feels rejected or excluded. Sid and Gayle donated the winning proceeds from their 2011 USA Tango Championship to Ballroom Basix™.

Together, Gayle and Sid have created innovative, costumed choreographies, including "Tin Man Tango" and "Tango In Wonderland." They look forward to performing and teaching in many venues in the coming year and bringing more attention and support to Ballroom Basix™ and other worthy charities that further dance and peace in the world.

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