Jan. 24 USO-style dance marathon to benefit Rockford Dance Company

Rockford Dance Company founder Jayne Poor (first row, far right) pictured with her World War II USO Camp Entertainers. Jayne supported our troops with tours through Europe during the Second World War. (Photo provided)
Rockford Dance Company founder Jayne Poor (first row, far right) pictured with her World War II USO Camp Entertainers. Jayne supported our troops with tours through Europe during the Second World War. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Rockford Dance Company (RDC) will host a “Lights & Tights USO Dance Marathon” Saturday, Jan. 24.

The USO swing-style community dance event will benefit RDC’s scholarship and financial assistance programs. Doors open at 6 p.m., the dance marathon runs 6:30 to 8 p.m., awards and entertainment are at 8 p.m., and a community dance begins at 8:30 p.m. The event includes refreshments and cash bar. The event is open to the public, and veterans are admitted free.

Pledge sheets and tickets for the event are available from RDC Board members, or at the RDC office inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. More information is online at www.rockforddancecompany.com or by phone from (815) 963-3341.

The dance marathon will be inside Riverfront Museum Park’s Kresge Hall. The USO format is in recognition of RDC founder Jayne Poor, who supported American troops touring with USO camp entertainers throughout Europe during World War II.

Also at the event, the RDC will announce a grant from the William Miller Charitable Trust for future dance programming for local veterans. The company will also announce recipients of RDC scholarships.

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

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