Help for Rhythm Academy of Dance

Dance First Think Later

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!

Lake Forest Hospital Employee Discount Day

On June 25th, 2013 Lake Forest Hospital had their annual “Employee Discount Day”. We accepted their invitation to attend and sent our Administrative Assistant, Juan Garcia, to represent Waukegan Main Street. For the employee discount day we had Brendan Alviani our Promotions Committee Chair work with Little Fort Media to produce the discount flyers to hand out. The flyers are two sided and printed on flourescent colors such as yellow, pink, orange, and green. This allowed them to “pop” against the blue table cover. The event was between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Juan was able to speak with 200 employees over the course of the day. The idea was to promote the downtown area, the monthly ArtWauk, the art galleries, theaters, and live entertainment. Interestingly many of the employees, with exception of a few, resided in Waukegan. Some of the individuals were not aware that so much was happening in downtown and that we had a monthly ArtWauk. Some had already attended and ArtWauk and were very pleased to have participated. All in all, 200 flyers were passed out and everyone was invited to eat, shop and play in Downtown Waukegan.

Discount Flyer