Dancing For A Cure Dance Marathon [Cape Cod Event Photographer]

As a teacher Valentine's day was always one of my favorite celebrations.  Everyone in the classroom participated in sharing cards and a special song, and went home with a happy heart.  February 2nd was a like Valentine's day, as I had the honor of being the photographer for the 9th annual Dancing For a Cure (DFAC) Dance Marathon.  Susan Mendoza Friedman, dance teacher extraordinaire, founded the now Cape-wide non profit organization to honor her friend, Karen Scheck, who was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at age 51.  Proceeds from the event will fund cutting edge ovarian and breast cancer research at the Dana-Farber Institute.  

Dancers of all ages met at the Mashpee High School gym for 4 hours of nonstop dancing.  Whether you were a participant or supporter there were plenty of activities to choose from:

A raffle table with many wonderful donations,

and some creative face painting,

You could leave a kind message for others at at the Kindness Rock Project table,
redesign your dance shirt,
relax with a chair massage,
or enjoy a bite to eat.
But mostly. it was all about the dance.  

Whether it was dancers on the stage leading the crowd in an easy-to follow routine

or performances from more than ten dance studios. 

There was a flash mob, too, led by Rick Garceau.
Miss Massachusetts, Gabriella Tavares, joined in the fun and helped to make it a special night for everyone.

It was a night when survivors were honored,

and those who lost the battle were remembered.

It was a night of sharing

and caring.

The evening concluded with special song,

a happy heart,
and knowing that together we can make a difference.
Sounds like a beautiful Valentine.