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Dance for Hunger brings in close to a ton of food for Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Annual Dance Images by B.J. event once again fills shelves for local charitable organization
The Moose Jaw and District Food Bank will find their shelves about a ton fuller – literally -- after the most recent edition of the Dance for Hunger show at Peacock on Sunday night.

The annual event, which also acts as a season kick-off for Dance Images by B.J., is one of the major spring donation events for the local charity and once again saw an impressive display of non-perishable food items donated by dancers and their families as well as patrons of the event.

“We’re so amazed at all the support we receive and it’s such an important way of giving back to the community,” said event organizer and Dance Images coach Shauna Bzdel. “All of our families are fortunate that we have disposable income and are able to provide our dancers with a dance education, where families that are in need of the food bank are families that don’t have those opportunities available to them.

“So it’s always amazing when we have support of our studio families and are able to give back to such an important organization in the community.”

The way Dance for Hunger works is actually rather simple for how much they bring in every year. As dancers arrive for group rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday, they bring donations for the food bank and have their names entered for prizes from the studio. Then, on the night of the show, patrons also bring food items, further stocking the massive table of goods nearly to the breaking point.

And for good reason – the total donation amount has annually neared the 2,000-pound plus mark. A literal ton of food.

“There is a lot, it’s really exciting,” Bzdel said. “We always try to aim high, so we’re hoping we near that mark again and will be able to give back to lots of families who need it.”

Of course, there’s also dancing involved. Members of Dance Images' various groups take to the stage throughout the evening to show off their hard work during the off-season, some of them for the first time.

“This is an opportunity for all of our solos, duos and trio dancers as well as our Acro to perform on the stage because in just a couple of weeks we’re going into our competition season," Bzdel said. “You can tell everybody is ready to hit the stage and head into our season with lots of confidence and excitement.”


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