"My daughter, Mika Schweizer, who is now ten years old, has been taking classes at The Dance Studio since she was two and a half years old. Her first class was "Tots on Go," and she continued to be enrolled in combination classes for three years. Mika's interest expanded not only in dance, but also to include tumbling and, eventually, musical theater. As a former professional dancer myself, and currently an adult ballet instructor, I wanted her to have solid and authentic ballet training without having to travel to Manhattan. In spring 2006, after studying ballet for two years at The Dance Studio, Mika was selected for a Young Dancer of Promise Scholarship to American Ballet Theatre's 2006 Young Dance Summer Workshop. As one of the advisors to the children's ballet program at The Dance Studio, I am delighted to see the recent progress of the children's program and attribute her receiving this exciting and prestigious scholarship to her ballet training at The Dance Studio."
--Setsuko Maruhashi, Parent & Dance/Fitness Instructor
Our Mission: To give children the power to help, through performance, in the healing process.
"You Gotta Have Heart 2013" to benefit SmileTrain.
Friday, March 1st - Performances at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30.
"You Gotta Have Heart 2012" was dedicated to and raised money for The Casey Young Foundation.
The 2012 Halloween Costume Party and Performance evening raised $1418.00 for the Make A Wish Foundation.
The 2011 Halloween Costume Party and Performance evening raised $1,369.00 for the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund.
The 2010 Halloween Costume Party and Performance along with the "You Gotta Have Heart 2011" Performance in February raised $3000 for The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund! Thank you CHC performers.
Donations are accepted in support of the Children Helping Children Perfomance Company, that it may continue to help children in need.
The Children Helping Children Organization (completely charitable organization 5013c) was established in October, 2001, in the aftermath of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks that took the lives of two fathers and one grandfather of Dance Studio students. In our effort to contribute to the memory of those who were lost, Children Helping Children (CHC) was born. Our home base is at The Dance Studio of Park Slope. The performers come from our student base at The Dance Studio. All involved with this organization donate their time and 100% of all donations raised from each event go to the intended beneficiary.
The mission of our small, yet devoted group is to use performance to help other children and their families through the healing process. Through this effort we not only enrich the lives of the CHC Performers and audience, but we also honor those who were lost on September 11, 2001.
Since that tragic day, our CHC Performance Company has been giving wonderful performances throughout New York City, as well as creating projects of love. In April, 2004, we presented 5 quilts to the members of the NYC Fire Department, Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn, in honor of those firefighters from Squad 1 who lost their lives on September 11th. (photo, top) These quilts were created by children and friends in the Park Slope neighborhood, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Missouri. It took more than two years to complete this project.
In December, 2001, the CHC Performance Company put on a holiday show at Long Island University for Brooklyn area children battling cancer. The show was sponsored by The American Cancer Society.
Since the 2001 show, Children Helping Children has held raffles and given Halloween night performances to raise money for the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund which provides aid for the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. We organized a dancewear and costume drive for students at PS 32, a Title 1 school in Brooklyn, for their newly developed arts program.
In 2003, our Halloween Event raised funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Child Life Services Division and our December Holiday Performance at The Dance Studio honored two of our own students--Megan Popkin and Lana Cohen--who have battled and are surviving cancer. On behalf of CHC, students from The Dance Studio performed tap and hip hop routines and members of the Musical Theater class sang "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" from the show ANNIE. The event was officially proclaimed by the Brooklyn Borough President's Office as "Children Helping Children Holiday Party Day in Brooklyn, USA."
2003-2005 our CHC Performance Company performed for the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan. From Halloween to a visit from the CHC Santa with gifts and a lap to sit on, we hold the continued relationship with this organization close to our hearts and our young performers along with CHC organizers have gotten to know some of these remarkable, young cancer patients and their families. Our lives have forever been enriched with the love and courage of these patients and families.
2006-2009 our “Winter Wonderland” Party and Performances along with toy collection for The Louis D. Trachtman Fund For Children have joined the community together to share in the joy of the holiday season.
CHC has continued to give The Dance Studio of Park Slope’s students the opportunity to make a difference in other’s lives.
For information on how you can get involved with Children Helping Children, please contact Setsuko Maruhashi Public Relations at The Dance Studio of Park Slope, 718-789-4419.