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Making Wishes Grow Benefit Performance Raises $7,000

Dance Connection of Islip is presented their 4th Annual Making Wishes Grow, a performance benefit to assist Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County, NY in granting the wishes of local children.

The performance at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville on Sunday, January 19th raised money that will help to grant the wish of Katherine, a 16-year-old Islip Town resident whose wish is to go to Disney World with her family. The performance featured Create Dance Center, the Dance Connection Performance Team, JAM Dance & Fitness, Trinity Dance Company, and comedy by Kyle Kratzke.  All net proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish of Suffolk County.

“This performance never fails to leave both our audience and our performers with a smile, and our dancers are able to get a sense of how their love of dance can help to enrich the lives of others and to give back to the community that they live in. It’s a fantastic experience for everyone involved and we are so grateful for all the support this production receives.” Mary Naftal, Artistic Director, Dance Connection

Founded in September 1989, Dance Connection is an Islip based company whose mission is to create a welcoming and fun setting for proper performing arts education.  With over 85 classes per week, students of all ages and abilities have a professional and exciting experience every day. For more information on Dance Connection, please call 631 224-7134 or visit

Photo Credit: Gina Petitto

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