Balance Dance Studios to Launch iDanceinAustin

Balance Dance Studios, known for its innovative teaching philosophy of healthy mind, body and soul, hosts its first annual citywide performance showcase entitled, 'Set Free' in celebration of its launch of iDanceinAustin.com, a virtual one-stop for all things dance in Austin. With dancers, choreographers and artists throughout the city participating in true showcase format, and a special appearance by writer/performer Brooke Axtell, performances will be held Friday, June 12th, and Saturday, June 13th, at 7:00 pm, at Balance Dance Studios' new black box performance space, Bravo at Balance, located at 4544 S. Lamar Blvd., Bldg 300, Austin, TX 78745. Ticket sales will benefit The Refuge (http://therefugeaustin.org), an organization that fights against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in Austin. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idanceinaustin-show-set-free-tickets-16966803165.

iDanceinAustin is a new, online platform to connect and support the Austin dance community. Created by Balance Dance Studios' co-founders, Kathy Dupuy and Kristin Nicolaisen, the free site provides up-to-date news on all things dance, including informative, inspirational, and educational information. Visitors can find a studio or instructor, search for auditions or learn about new dance events. They can also add events and classes they wish to publicize to the Austin Dance Community. iDanceinAustin strives to deliver all the resources necessary for instructors, studios, and dance lovers to remain united with one another in the combined enjoyment of dance.

"Austin's dance community has grown exponentially and there is a need for connection," says Dupuy. "iDanceinAustin is like the hub of a wheel, bringing together dancers, choreographers, teachers, and non-profits as well as non-professional dance enthusiasts. Visitors will be able to do everything from find a class to create their own profile to connect and share information."

The first annual iDanceinAustin showcase will feature a juried selection of dancers, choreographers and performers throughout Austin. The title of the evening 'Set Free' reflects the mission of the event's non-profit beneficiary, The Refuge, which fights against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in Austin and provides long-term, holistic care in a pastoral and peaceful setting for girls ages 11-17, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking.


The evening's featured performance will be from internationally-acclaimed writer, performer and activist Brooke Axtell, who has made it her life's mission to end human trafficking and help provide healing for survivors of rape and abuse. Axtell was a featured speaker at the 2015 Grammy awards which preceded a special performance by singer Katy Perry and an anti-rape video public service announcement from President Obama.

Dupuy, a dancer herself and successful entrepreneur, is also the founder and owner of Mom's Best Friend, a household staffing agency that provides professional household staff, nannies and senior care. Business partner, Kristin Nicolaisen, is a celebrated dancer and performer in her own right, having taught and performed throughout the country.

For more information on 'Set Free', go to https://www.facebook.com/events/757172994402192/ or to purchase tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idanceinaustin-show-set-free-tickets-16966803165.

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