National Dance Week Hawaii Gears Up with “Dance-A-Thon” Fundraiser – Workshops by Mari Koda

Dancers Unlimited LLC is proud to announce that “Step Up Revolution” dancer Mari Koda will hold three dance workshops in Hawaii, with part of the proceeds going to support the 4th Annual National Dance Week Hawaii 2013.

Mari Koda

Mari Koda

It all culminates toward the big arts and dance fundraiser at the Aloha Beer Company on March 24.

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Japan-born Koda  is an accomplished dancer of many styles, including hip hop, popping, locking, jazz and salsa. She has danced with Jamie Foxx, 50 Cent and Missy Elliot, and was seen in “Step Up 2,” “Step Up 3D” and “Step Up Revolution.”

Mari will also join Dancers Unlimited for the March 24 “Dance-A-Thon” fundraiser, which will feature exhibitions for beatboxing, emcees and DJs; as well as an arts festival with live art, body painting, dozens of vendors and an auction. All the events go toward National Dance Week Hawaii, Oct. 6 to 13. This year, 20 percent of proceeds from National Dance Week Hawaii workshops and performances will be donated to two Hawaii non-profit arts outreach programs. Past National Dance Week Hawaii beneficiaries are Aloha United Way, Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation and The ARTSmith.

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“There is so much talent in Hawaii, with many local dancers turning their passion for the art into a professional career worldwide,” says Dancers Unlimited Founder Linda Kuo. “Mari Koda is another perfect example of someone taking her art to inspire others, and we’re so blessed to have the support of someone who fiercely believes in the same goals as we do.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

March 16

What: Mari Koda dance workshop

Where: N2Dance @ YMCA on Hawaii Island, 145 Ululani St., Hilo

When: 3 – 4 p.m., popping; 4 – 5 p.m., hip hop; $15 per class, or $25 for both

March 21

What: Dance Talk with Mari Koda & Kid Dynamo

Where: UH Manoa, BusAd D203

When: 12 – 2 p.m., Free

March 22

What: Mari Koda dance workshop

Where: The Playground, 94-223 Hanawai Circle, Waipahu

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., street styles; $20

March 23

What: Mari Koda dance workshop

Where: Diverse Art Center, 604 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu

When: 12 – 1:30 p.m., street styles; $20

March 24

What: Dance-A-Thon fundraiser

Where: Aloha Beer Company, 580 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu

When: 3 – 9 p.m.; $20 at the door, $15 online presale at www.duhawaii.com

ABOUT DANCERS UNLIMITED LLC

Dancers Unlimited LLC is a group of artists dedicated to providing opportunities to Hawaii artists and youth. Using dance as a vehicle, they hope to create a network of creative advocates for positivity and humanity. Dancers Unlimited is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts services organization. Donations to Dancers Unlimited through Fractured Atlas are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For more information, visit www.duhawaii.com.

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