Dancing for a Difference!

"Dancing for a Difference" " describes our two-fold mission in providing top-quality dance education, while also giving our staff and students the opportunity to use their talents and gifts in a positive way to benefit the community.


The mission of Dancing for a Difference is to provide opportunities for our dancers to raise necessary funds for community and national charitable organizations including Children’s Hospitals. A true “children helping children” mission!


Dancing for a Difference has sponsored many events since 2003. These include Bring a Friend to dance class at the studio, 5K Races, Relay for Life events, as well as community variety benefit performances. “Gifts of Dance and other Offerings” and “Dance for Life” are hugely successful benefits and have become favorites among the Dance Workshop by Shari dancers, as well as the other participating groups. Click on the logos above to get more detailed information about each event.

The Results:

Through the efforts of the Dance Workshop by Shari teachers, students, and parents these events have raised over $150,000 since 2003 Some of the beneficiaries of these efforts have been Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The American Heart Association as well as the American Cancer Society.

We are grateful for the support of the studio mission and would like to say thank you to the studio families as well as the community!

Making a Difference Through Dance

Gifts of Dance 2016

From Mount Lebanon "In Community" Magazine, Summer 2016

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