PLATTSBURGH - It's dancing, but it's dancing for a cause.
The first annual "Boogie Bash" will invade the gymnasium at Our Lady of Victory Academy this Saturday, March 26, with a mission of helping a local nonprofit organization.
Boogie Bash organizer Paula Schares said the beginner dance instruction event will serve a dual purpose - getting people out on the floor to try new forms of dance and helping the local chapter of The Gabriel Project, a Christian-based network of church volunteers who offer assistance to pregnant women and women with newborn babies.
"We help those in and around Plattsburgh," said Schares, who is also a volunteer mentor for The Gabriel Project. "Sometimes the families just need a few extra diapers, a little money to get them some more formula, some clothing. Sometimes they need a lot of assistance."
Last year, 243 families were helped by the organization, Schares said. Through the help of money to be raised by the Boogie Bash, Schares said she'd like to see that support grow.
The other side of the coin, she added, is that this Saturday's event will also educate beginners to the different types of dance out there such as line dancing, round dancing, square dancing, English country dancing, contra dancing and Zumba, a form of dance fitness.
"It always irritates me when I hear someone say there's nothing to do in Plattsburgh," Schares said with a laugh. "There is. There's lots of things to do here."
The Boogie Bash will be a "perfect opportunity" to see that, Schares said, and give people one central location to learn and try dances they may never have been able to try before.
"I've never tried Zumba because it doesn't usually seem to fit into my schedule and I don't really want to walk into an ongoing class. I just want to do it where there'd be a lot of beginners," she said. "So, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity."
"I know there are a lot of fundraisers out there," she added. "But, as far as I know, there's nothing like this."
This Saturday's event will be open to those high-school age or older or middle-school age with a chaperone. The evening will begin at 7 p.m., with admission to the event being a monetary donation or new baby item to go to The Gabriel Project.
For more information about the Boogie Bash, call 562-2127.