Helping Stamp out Homelessness Dance Companies Combine for Benefit

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

For the first time on one stage, four suburban dance troupes - numbering 90 dancers - will combine their talents this weekend to stage a benefit performance.

Members of the Arlington Dance Ensemble will join members of the Ballet Expressions from Mount Prospect, Terpischore from Libertyville and the Evanston Dance Ensemble for a special display of dance.

More than a dance recital, this collaborative show allows these young dancers to help other young community members: homeless women and children.

Specifically, "Dance for Dreams" will raise money for Home of the Sparrow in Palatine, a transitional shelter organization for homeless women, women with children and expectant mothers. The show takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hersey High School Theatre in Arlington Heights.

Tickets are $10 and $15 and may be purchased at McDonald Dance Academy by calling (847) 342-1060.

The troupes will perform ballet, tap, modern jazz and swing. Linda McDonald, founder of the McDonald Dance Academy and of the Arlington Dance Ensemble, conceived the idea. She points to the Dance for Life project in Chicago, for which professional dance companies come together to put on a benefit performance for the AIDS Foundation. …