Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2014

Dancing strong against cancer

Successful showcase moves to the Collins Center

By Judy Wakefield

---- — With a daughter who is a competitive teenage dancer too young to drive, Rose Flynn lives in the car driving to dance competitions all around the North Shore. But it’s really OK with the Haverhill mother.

“Really, I love it. I love the dancing and watching the competitions,” Flynn said. “It’s my passion.”

So it was no surprise when the breast cancer survivor teamed that passion with a good cause. After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in May 2011, Flynn knew she would eventually want to raise funds for the American Cancer Society as so many families are affected by the disease.

“I knew I wanted to do something and dance is so much a part of my life ... so I came up with this dance event and it’s been great,” said Flynn, who feels great these days as her cancer treatment is behind her.

The dance event, called Move for the Movement, comes to Andover’s Collins Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday, Jan. 18.

One dozen dance studios from around Boston and the North Shore, including Dance Infusion in Andover, are taking part in the second annual, noncompetitive showcase to help fund the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society.

Dance Infusion is back on the program for a second year.

“I think it’s great that she is doing it,” Cindy Worthley of Dance Infusion said. “It’s great for dancers to meet other dancers from other dance studios.”

It’s personal for Worthley, too, as she has a niece currently in remission from cancer who is pictured in the show’s program.

“It’s a picture of her kicking as she has kicked cancer,” said Worthley, who lives in Andover.

Worthley’s husband, Scott, is the manager at the Collins Center and has volunteered to work the event. That means production costs are minimal so there’s more money to donate, which Flynn said is fantastic.

Flynn said she sought out the Collins Center after the inaugural event last year sold out the 450-seat Haverhill High School Auditorium, raising $4,500 for the American Cancer Society in the process. But because she had to turn away dance companies that wanted to participate due to space and time restrictions, she knew she needed to find a larger venue this year. The Collins Center with its 1,200 seats was a perfect choice, she said.

Flynn said she is hoping for a full house and a much larger donation for the American Cancer Society.

“My goal is to host 15 of these events so I can raise a lot of money for cancer research,” Flynn said.

She’s dancing her way to that magic number.

Moving for the movement

Here is the list of dance companies participating in Saturday’s fundraiser:

Bosoma Dance Company

Dance Infusion

Donna Miceli Dance Center

Karla Pattavina’s Dance Academy

LaPierre School of Dance

Mass Motion Dance North

Melissa Hoffman Dance Center

North Reading School of Ballet

North Shore Dance Academy

Studio of Performing Arts

The Dance Works

Urbanity Dance


What: Move for the Movement, American Cancer Society fundraiser

When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road

How: Tickets $10. Email for more.