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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Stepping into the Future + Virtual Mad Hot Ball 2020

Virtual Mad Hot Ball

Kick up your shoes and join Dancing Classrooms for a night of dance and celebration! The annual Mad Hot Ball Benefit Gala is going virtual for the first-time, making its big debut on Sept. 23, 2020. This year’s gala is an affair that’s not to be missed. The Virtual Gala, which starts at 7 pm EST, is open to the public and is Dancing Classrooms’ largest, annual fundraising event. 

The annual benefit gala will celebrate the launch of Stepping into the Future – a campaign to ensure young people across the NYC region continue to experience joy, connection and the social-emotional benefits of social dance. This year, the Virtual Mad Hot Ball will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award - winning Dancer/Singer/Actor, Bebe Neuwirth, known for her portrayal of Lilith Crane on the TV sitcom “Cheers” and its spin-off “Frasier” and Velma in the original revival cast of “Chicago” on Broadway. There will be an auction, conducted by Karen Sorbo, and throughout the evening the Virtual Mad Hot Ball Benefit Gala will be welcoming the start of a new decade by honoring:

Alumni Recipient Award:
Zikomo Barr (Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives, Pace University)
Social and Emotional Learning Champion:
New York Junior League
Champion for Social Dance:
Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Donors who make a contribution of at least $500 will receive an exclusive invitation to VIP Cocktails with Bebe Neuwirth, a special mixology demonstration to stir up a Mad Hot cocktail, an exclusive ballroom performance that’s a tribute to the resilience of the Dancing Classrooms’ students, and a final toast to the future starting at 6:30pm EST. Support of any amount goes directly to supporting Dancing Classrooms programs and individuals may donate and/or RSVP. 

Media Contact: Crystal Hermond, Powell Mayas, 678-642-3442,

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