July 28, 2014

Teen Ball Takes Center Stage

 

PHOTO BY PAIGE ROACHE

Teen Ball Takes Center Stage

From left, Maya Calloway, Lizzie Scott, Fiona Bernet, Katey Roache and Ashana Ross dressed up and danced the night away at the First Annual Move the World Dance Activism Teen Ball at the Topanga Community House on March 10.

The first annual Move the World-Dance Activism (MTW-DA) Teen Ball took place on March 10 at the Topanga Community House.

More than 50 students from different schools—Topanga Elementary, Malibu High, Mariposa, Pali High, New Roads, Westside Waldorf, Topanga Mountain School and homeschoolers—dressed in formal attire for the dance and, along with 35 adults, enjoyed a silent auction, a live performance and short documentary film presented by members of MTW-DA, a non-profit group that creates dance pieces for social causes. Sponsored by Topanga Youth Services (TYS), along with many of Topanga’s community

PHOTO BY PAIGE ROACHE

Teen Ball Takes Center Stage

Mohamed Magee, in the middle, leads the group in the “Follow Mo” dance. On left Madeline Lampard, Cass Briskman and Saisha Brody. On right, Amelia Lampard, Rachel Moore, Puma Buck, Ila Astin and Bella Garcia join in.

businesses and venues, including Trust Ranch, Focus Fish and Canyon Bistro, as well as support from individuals such as Yoga by Sibyl Buck. In addition, businesses from surrounding areas, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Cholada and Follow Your Heart restaurant, donated food for the event.

PHOTO BY PAIGE ROACHE

Teen Ball Takes Center Stage

Teens Zane Burrows and Bradley Roache announce the winners of the raffle while MTW-DA’s creator Cecilie Stuart and her husband Chris Stuart enjoy a sweet moment at the Teen Ball.

Cecilie Stuart, MTW-DA’s creator and choreographer, said, “The dance was a tremendous success, bringing our community together and inspiring youth to take social action. We are so grateful for the support we received from so many people and businesses in the area. Thank you!”

The dance raised money and awareness for Move The World-Dance Activism, a locally supported new dance company focused on creating dance and theater that incorporates a social or environmental message.

PHOTO BY PAIGE ROACHE

Teen Ball Takes Center Stage

Producers of the dance, Brian and Dana Briskman, Cecilie Stuart and Topanga Youth Services Director Karen Cooke celebrate the success of the first Teen Ball.

They performed last year in the opening ceremonies for Topanga Earth Day with their giant Earth Ball.