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A Night to Remember: Over $51,169 Raised for Dancers Against Cancer at The Element Dance Center's Gala

Studio Gala


August 26, 2023




The Element Dance Center


San Diego, CA

A Night to Remember:

On August 26, 2023, the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in San Diego witnessed an extraordinary fusion of dance and philanthropy at "A Night of Hope Benefit Show & Gala." Hosted by The Element Dance Center and led by the visionary Erika Leedy Montandon, the evening wasn't just a testament to the talent and passion of the dance community—it was a powerful demonstration of their commitment to making a difference. This inaugural event set a remarkable milestone, raising over $51,169 for Dancers Against Cancer (DAC), a cause close to the hearts of many.

The Journey to Success

The path to "A Night of Hope" was paved with determination and a shared vision. Erika Leedy Montandon, navigating the complexities of organizing such a significant event, found strength in her community. "When you look within your own studio and say, 'Hey, this is what I want to do, who wants to help?' it's amazing how many people are inspired to get involved," Erika remarked. This collective effort underscored the event's success, proving that when a community comes together for a cause, remarkable things can happen.

Beyond the Dance Floor

"A Night of Hope" was more than an evening of entertainment; it was a catalyst for change. Erika's realization that there is "something beyond teaching dance" speaks volumes about the role educators and studio owners play in the broader community. By extending their influence beyond the studio, they inspire, lead, and contribute to causes that extend far beyond the arts.

Empowering the Dance Community

Erika's message to her peers in the dance world is clear and inspiring: "Just dive in." The overwhelming success of "A Night of Hope" in its first year is a beacon of what's possible with passion, purpose, and perseverance. Erika's willingness to offer guidance and support to others looking to make a similar impact is a testament to the strength and generosity of the dance community.

A Legacy of Hope

Raising over $55,000 for DAC, "A Night of Hope Benefit Show & Gala" has left an indelible mark on the fight against cancer within the dance community. This significant contribution will directly support DAC's mission, offering financial assistance and emotional support to dancers and their families affected by cancer. The event not only showcased the exceptional talent within The Element Dance Center but also solidified its commitment to a cause that transcends dance itself.

As we celebrate the success of this landmark event, we are reminded of the profound impact that dance and the arts can have in rallying a community towards a common goal. The Element Dance Center, under Erika's stewardship, has exemplified how creativity, compassion, and action can illuminate the path to hope and healing.

2023 A Night of Hope Benefit Show & Gala Leadership

Luz Dakota

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Jessica Alves

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Amity Blunt

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Maria Suarez

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