"Help Other People Everywhere" or "H.O.P.E." began in 2002 by Mellissa Rando. Anyone who is part of the Brookline Academy Community is welcome to bring items to the studio during the months of November through the following March. Items to be donated include gently-worn adult and children's clothing, footwear, winter coats, canned food and nonperishables, toys, games, school supplies, etc. Brookline Academy donates these items to various shelters and organizations throughout the Boston area. Among these are The Red Cross, The Woods Mullen Shelter, My Brother's Table and Goodwill. The Academy will continue to reach out to local nursing homes, youth services ,elementary schools and programs as these items can help make a difference for many in need.
"THE KINDNESS PROJECT!" is a program sponsored by Brookline Academy of Dance that encompasses several events throughout the Dance Year for the promotion and support of Local Charities and Causes including Brookline Academy's own "Dollars For Dancers"(founded by Mellissa May Rando), "Dancing It Forward...", "Trash to Treasure", "B.A.Dance-A-Thon","H.O.P.E." and "The Best of the B.A.D.". The Project includes a collaboration between The Academy and various Dance Companies & fellow Artists in the Dance Community who wish to create, promote and nurture simple, everyday 'acts of kindness' through dance. Together we 'Dancing it Forward...'
"DANCING IT FORWARD..." is a facet of Brookline Academy's "Kindness Project" and consists of an entire weekend of Dance devoted to 'giving back' to the charity or cause of choice . The Weekend marathons from Saturday at 12 Noon to the next day, Sunday at 6pm. It is packed with Workshops, Master Classes and Performances offered by individual dancers, artists, Companies & Studios participating in the event. The earlier hours are devoted to children and Teens while the evening and beyond is for the Adults and 'night owls'. Each presenter/ Group will charge a modest stipend to participants and donate the money raised to the Charity of their choice. A modest 10% is given back to "the house" or The Academy, and is donated to the "Dollars for Dancers" program in the name of each contributor, with thanks from The Academy.
The B.A.Dance-A-Thon began in 1994 by Mellissa Rando to raise money for The Academy's "Dollars for Dancers" financial aid and Scholarship Fund. Students gather sponsor money one month prior to the event. On Marathon day, 12 Noon on Saturday, the students bring their sponsor sheet, pot luck item and grab gift. While everyone helps decorate both Studios, DJ "Scratch2Finish" (Fadayz & Mr. Mac) begin filling the room with music. The day is packed with dance contests, choreography competitions, all-genre battles, prizes, guest Teachers, Performances by B.A.D. dancers and guest dancers and companies, costume contest ending with the 'glow-stick' Talent Show and exchange of grab-gifts.
Students who choose to stay for the optional sleep-over have a continental breakfast in the morning, tidy, pack (and have more fun) and are picked-up by 12 Noon. All money is collected within the month with 10% of the total money raised given to the "Hospice House Foundation."
"Trash to Treasure" is Brookline Academy's 'Garage Sale' with items donated by members of the Brookline Academy Community throughout the Dance year. This event takes place in our studio parking lot, during the Summer and all money raised goes directly to the "Dollars for Dancers" fund at Brookline Academy of Dance.