KickDanceHolidayGivingPress release from Kick Dance Studios

In a partnership designed to help local families in need this holiday season, KICK Dance Studios is teaming up with Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) to host Black Friday Shop-N-Drop Parties at its Fair Haven location, 611 River Road.

From 2 to 4 pm on November 27, boys and girls ages 4 to 11 can boogie down to Taylor Swift in a dance off, complete with costumes and prizes, or participate in a Lego build off. Each of these activities is perfect for both boys and girls. The cost is $25 per dancer (or $50 per family), and all proceeds going to the Fair Haven-based Life Guard foundation and its programs of support for community members who are facing severe economic hardships.

It’s a continuation of a partnership that saw Kick Dance help support LGEF with a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting much-need food items for Thanksgiving baskets to give to local families this holiday season. Dancers collected items like grocery store gift cards, canned goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving food for families in need.

“Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation is beyond grateful to be Team Kick’s charity for this season,” said Tori McAndrews, Board Member of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation. “Through this program we are able to see just how much one basket a food can mean to a local family.”

Added Vanessa Berry, owner and instructor at Kick Dance Studios, “I’m always looking for ways to get more involved in our community, so a charity that is about keeping an eye out for community members who need help is a perfect fit…it’s a charity our dancers can understand and help!”

Kick Dance will also hold a “MiniCracker Ballet” performance December 19, at 4 pm in the Rumson studio, 62 Carton Street. Admission to the performance is by donation of a canned good or other nonperishable food donation for the Red Bank-based charity Lunch Break.