Rhythm Academy of Dance(RAD) has been part of the Main Street District and Waukegan’s downtown for nearly five years ago, and has been a community staple since the start. RAD and its dancing, and its expanded voice, music, and acting programs, have been featured by the City of Waukegan, Waukegan Public Library, American Cancer Society Relay For Life Greater Waukegan/Far North Shore. The kids have performed with Parallels and Lies at the VH1 Save the Music Benefit in Milwaukee and at Stiner Pavilion on Waukegan’s lakefront. Last year RAD’s annual showcase was at the historic Genesee Theatre.
Unfortunately the space RAD has occupied is being renovated for other use and they have had to move. RAD has moved temporarily into Three Brothers Theatre, while looking for a permanent home, but the move means that plans that were in the works, or carried out, are in a place of uncertainty, the main piece being, the custom built sprung floor.
This floor, a vision of Cathi Sullivan (executive director and owner of RAD), is the main component of the studio, and as such, is vital to the longevity of RAD. It currently has been moved – all 20+ pieces (each 300 pounds) – into storage. RAD is looking for help funding the storage and, once they are ‘permanently home again’ reassembly of the sprung floor. They have asked for help from the community, dancers, people at large through indiegogo, a crowdsourcing site. Click here here and help if you can. And tell your friends!