Project UP, Merrimack Hall’s performing company for teens and young adults with special needs, needs your help to make their dreams come true!

On July 12, Project UP was invited to perform their dance piece “Waiting on the World to Change” at the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s National Dance Day Celebration in Los Angeles on July 27, 2013. They will share the stage with the American Ballet Theatre, the stars of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars,” Axis Dance Company and other of the world’s most talented dancers. In the audience will be luminaries in the dance world and entertainment industry. This performance opportunity is a game-changer for Merrimack Hall’s Johnny Stallings Arts Program, and for people with special needs everywhere.

The only thing standing between Project UP and a standing ovation at The Music Center, one of the world’s premiere arts venues, is money. Because of the last minute nature of this invitation, we are not prepared financially to send 10 dancers, 3 teachers and 8 parents to Los Angeles for 4 days. We need to raise approximately $15,000.00 to give these kids, who live with a variety of special needs such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and others, their shot at this dream.


Donations to this trip can be made payable to Merrimack Hall, earmarked for “National Dance Day Performance” are tax-deductible. Donations can be made via cash, check, credit or debit card; pledges can be accepted but must be paid by August 15, 2013.


Whether you can share $10.00 or $1,000.00, will you please consider donating to this cause? Your financial support will allow us to spread our message…the message that we are all more alike than we are different and that the restorative power of the arts can unite us in a way nothing else ever can.


The kids in The Johnny Stallings Arts Program are waiting on the world to change. They are waiting for world that sees similarities instead of differences; a world that values each of us for who we are, not what we are diagnosed with; a world recognizes there’s no such things as “typical.” The students in our program are changing the culture and the world, one dance step…one twirl at a time.




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