a good cause...

Hi, DS website readers! 

We are in the middle of sending our January issue out the door, but I had to drop you a blog to let you know about an important cause. Americans for the Arts has started an emergency relief fund to help arts organizations in Southern California recover from the devastating wildfires last week. Know someone who dances at a studio affected by the fires? Just watched the coverage on the news and wanted to help? Now you can: 

Go to AmericansForTheArts.org/EmergencyRelief to find out how you (or your studio) can donate to arts organizations in need. I know DS readers love to help others (wait til you see our December issue; we have several stories of the good things you guys have done in the world!), so I just had to pass along this link. 

Talk to you again soon, 
Kat :) 

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