Dance studio raises funds and collects canned food for the pantry

NEW BEDFORD – Dancers at the Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts will be serving one of their instructors a face pie, but all in the spirit of helping a local pantry.

Dance studio owner Toni Contois said she had always instilled in her dance students “a love of dance, of joy and of community service.” In addition to working on their technique and learning new choreography, the studio chooses a topic to discuss each month. In November, students participate in a month-long fundraiser for the Murphy and Others Living Independently for Future Endeavors (MOLIFE) Pantry downtown.

Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts is raising funds for MOLIFE Food Pantry as part of the November Community Service Project.

For the “Let Them Eat Pie” fundraiser, the studio is collecting coins and canned goods until November 30 for the benefit of the pantry. Plus, students, families and friends will be voting with their donations for the dance teacher they’d love to see have a face pie on December 2nd.

Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts students, families and friends vote for which dance teacher they would like to see have fun.

Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts students, families and friends vote for which dance instructor they would like to see have face pie.

“It’s a fun activity for the students,” Contois said. “It involves them. “

In previous years, Contois has held fundraising events for a scholarship for senior students, but she wanted to contribute to a larger cause and think bigger.

“I want my dancers to be well-rounded people,” Contois said. “We don’t just train for acro and dance technique, we focus on the importance of becoming a professional person in life.”

Dancers at the Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts don't just focus on dance and technique, they're also prepared to become community contributors, according to the studio owner.

Dancers at the Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts don’t just focus on dance and technique, they’re also prepared to become community contributors, according to the studio owner.

While students are encouraged to make a ‘couch change’, Contois would like to see community involvement through monetary donations and canned goods deposited in person, as she would like to thank contributors face to face.

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“I want people to be a physical part of the cause, not just the click of a button,” Contois said.

Contois wishes to continue in this direction over the years. In the near future, the December project will focus on creating packages for the homeless and those in need.

The “Let Them Eat Pie” event will be broadcast live on Attitude Academy of the Performing Arts Facebook page December 2 at 6 p.m.

Attitude Academy of Performing Arts is located at 637 Tarkiln Hill Road. Visit the website for more information.

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