Project Description

Seven local celebrities pair with GroundWorks dancers to support education/outreach programs 

Cast your vote for seven local celebrities when they team up with GroundWorks DanceTheater artists to perform original duets as part of the fifth annual “It Takes Two” benefit on Saturday, April 27 at Windows on the River in Cleveland. All proceeds will support GroundWorks education and outreach programs serving communities throughout Northeast Ohio.

The 2013 celebrity dancers are: Virginia (GiGi) Benjamin, Partner, Calfee Halter and Griswold, LLP; Brad Bond, Vice President of Treasury, University Hospitals; Susie Frazier, Artist and Designer; Ronald (Ronn) Richard, President and CEO, The Cleveland Foundation; Scot Rourke, President and CEO, OneCommunity; Jill Snyder, Executive Director, MOCA Cleveland; and Kristie Van Auken, Senior Vice President Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Akron Canton Airport.

“Benefit attendees will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for their favorite celebrity dance couple by casting votes through donations,” says David Shimotakahara, GroundWorks’ Executive Artistic Director. “The couple who raises the most money will be declared our winner.”

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

Tickets begin at $150 and will go on sale March 1, 2013. Tickets can be purchased by calling GroundWorks at 216-751-0088 or visiting Windows on the River is located in the Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats at 2000 Sycamore Street in Cleveland.

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.

Now in its 14th season, GroundWorks was founded by Shimotakahara in 1998 and is dedicated to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations. The five-member Company performs new works by Shimotakahara and Artistic Associate Amy Miller, as well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Doug Elkins, David Parker and others.

GroundWorksDanceTheater’s annual programming is made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees. The Akron-Summit Co. Public Library concerts are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight Foundation.


Beth Rutkowski
GroundWorks DanceTheater

GroundWorks Dance Theater
13125 Shaker Square, Suite 102
Cleveland, OH 44120