Charity to Bring Ballroom Dancing to Special Needs Residents and Community in NJ

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Ballroom Dancing For A Better U Kick Off Charity Fundraiser and showcase to be held March 12th, 2016

"Ballroom dancing can be used to make mathematics come alive for students. Topics such as symmetry, patterns, transformations, angles, measurement and logic to name a few, all can be explored through dance." Nancy Brown

Eugene LaPierre has established Ballroom Dancing For A Better U, a charitable organization that will bring the community closer to its special needs residents. LaPierre and his staff travel to assisted living facilities, senior centers, hospitals and medical day care centers to bring a curriculum of ballroom dance classes on an ongoing basis. Eugene LaPierre states, “The goal is for everyone to have the opportunity of benefiting from ballroom dancing regardless of age, health limitations or economic status. The proven advantages of dance are well documented and the charity was established specifically to cater to different aspects of the dance needs of each individual”

Ballroom Dancing For A Better U will celebrate its community debut with its inaugural fundraiser and dinner dance on Saturday, March 12th at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson. Doors open at 6pm and the event ends at 11pm. There will be live music, dinner, dancing performances, raffles and speakers who will inform the public about the charity and its plans for the future. Tickets are $55 for admission, and are available for purchase at LaPierre Ballroom, 111 East High Street in Glassboro, NJ, or they can be purchased online at Press passes for the event will be available by contacting Acorn To Oak Media Group. All fundraising efforts are to ensure that the performance artists, students, and the special needs community can enjoy the benefits of ballroom dance and, as a result of that, continue to be enriched and grow as individuals.

There is growing evidence that shows that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. A study recently released in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that participation in ballroom dancing reduced an adult’s risk of dementia by 76 percent. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. Mary Rose Lepore, Activities Director at Greenfield Senior Living in Glassboro, NJ says, "BD4BU nurtures the hearts and spirits of our residents. Dancing to big band music and music from the 30's and 40's was a popular social outing for our residents and through attending ballroom dancing classes with Gene, our residents have been able to rekindle precious memories."

Nancy Brown, Bd4BU Board Member and educator explains how Mathematics and ballroom dance are linked. She says, "Ballroom dancing can be used to make mathematics come alive for students. Topics such as symmetry, patterns, transformations, angles, measurement and logic to name a few, all can be explored through dance. Dancing also helps to boost self confidence and help students retain information by using kinesthetic learning. Even the music we dance to, has been shown to have a positive effect on your ability to do math. Win Win and fun!".BD4BU also works with Northstar New Jersey- The Boys And Girls Club of Gloucester County. Program Director, Ben Stephens relates, "Ballroom dancing has been a great program here at the Boys And Girls club for select groups for the last 2 years. Exposing the children to dance throughout the year has brought great excitement. Mr. Gene LaPierre enters our building and the kids treat him like a rock star. With Ballroom Dancing For a Better U, all of the children can participate in the program; the first week has already started with much fan fare and anticipation."

A Marketing campaign to increase awareness and garner support will use the hashtag #BringTheBallroom on social media to help audiences find BD4BU and become part of the conversation more easily. The campaign will encourage audiences participate in an array of charitable activities that support nonprofits.

About Ballroom Dancing For A Better U: BD4BU is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the benefits of Ballroom Dancing to the Special Needs residents in the Gloucester County community who may not be able to access a studio, so the ballroom is brought to them. Visit and for more information.


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