Project Description

Seven local celebrities paired with GroundWorks DanceTheater dancers to benefit GroundWorks Education and Outreach programs in Northeast Ohio

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Windows on the River in Cleveland, seven local celebrities teamed up with GroundWorks DanceTheater artists to perform original duets as part of the fourth annual “It Takes Two” benefit gala. All proceeds supported GroundWorks education and outreach programs serving communities throughout Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland, Ohio (February 6, 2012) – Local celebrities will team up with GroundWorks DanceTheater artists to perform original duets as part of “It Takes Two” on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Windows on the River in Cleveland.   All proceeds will support GroundWorks Education and Outreach Programs serving children throughout greater Cleveland and Akron.   This is the fourth year for GroundWorks’ very unique and highly successful benefit gala.

Celebrity dancers included:

  • Lev Gonick, Vice President, Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, CWRU
  • Jeffrey Grover, President, Grover Group LLC
  • Sandra Kiely Kolb, Board Chair, Cleveland Playhouse
  • Jakki Nance, President, Philanthropic Solutions, Ltd
  • Jan L. Roller, Attorney, Davis & Young; Joy Roller, Executive Director, Gordon Square Arts District
  • Steven Standley, Chief Administrative Officer, University Hospitals.

University Hospitals was the Lead Corporate Sponsor for this event.

“Benefit attendees had an opportunity to show their appreciation for their favorite celebrity dance couple by casting votes through donations,” said David Shimotakahara, GroundWorks’ Executive Artistic Director.

The evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:00 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 7:30. Celebrity dance performances began at 8:30 followed by dancing for all to the infectious rhythms of Moss Stanley and Nitebridge.

GroundWorks has been recognized by the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for its commitment to the community through its education and outreach programs. Under the direction of coordinator Mark Otloski, GroundWorks serves a diverse population of over 1,000 students each year through workshops and in partnership with the Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, Arts In Education program.