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Movement Mission event is memorial and fundraiser

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Erin Miller (right) of Dublin and Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics Centre Education Director Christina Taylor perform during a Movement Mission rehearsal at the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics Centre Sunday, Jan. 26.

The Movement Mission will use dance Feb. 7 and 8 to remember a friend and raise money for cancer research.

The Movement Mission has been meeting weekly at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics for about seven months, giving adults an outlet through dance.

"We formed the group in July," said leader Christina Taylor.

"For many, many years I had a group through church and we would dance through church," Taylor said.

"Then we branched out through teachers at the Dublin Dance Centre."

The group is also led by Michaela Carter, who has been dancing since age 2.

Carter was asked to help with the group by her aunts, Taylor and Dublin Dance Centre owner Teresa Crye.

"We're all grown ups here," Taylor said of the group.

"We meshed the two communities together," she said.

"It's for adult dancers who can never find an outlet for their craft. It's an outlet for adults.

"We wanted to do something with meaning and purpose."

The group will work to raise money with three performances and a gala Feb. 7 and 8 in the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The event will be held in the name of a former Dublin Dance Centre teacher.

Dublin resident Bonnie Lavric lost her fight with melanoma five years ago and Dublin Dance Centre has held events annually to remember the mother, friend and dance teacher.

"We've been doing smaller, more memorial things, trying to reach out and find people interested in fundraising for melanoma as well as keeping Bonnie's legacy going," Crye said.

"Last year we did a transition concert at the Abbey (Theater).

"This year we'll have three performances and a gala is connected to that," Crye said.

"All proceeds go to benefit melanoma (research). It was a group picked out based on her husband's wishes."

Lavric danced at Dublin Dance Centre for 16 years and taught for six.

"She was a full of life, energetic person who made everyone feel like she was a great friend," Taylor said.

"She gave cookies to the mail man and the pizza delivery man.

"She brought teachers fresh-made muffins every week ... . How can someone with five children think about everybody else?

"It was just such a loss for everybody," Taylor said. "We've been trying for five years to really celebrate her."

The shows Feb. 7 and 8 will include a variety of dance styles with contributions from many members of the Movement Mission.

"It's a very emotional and religious and spiritual performance," Carter said.

"Each dance has its own little theme behind it. It's not all spiritual; some are about relationships with friends, family and God.

"There's also a hip hop piece about being proud of who you are and being proud of yourself.

"It's an uplifting, emotional and empowering performance."

The dance performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.

Performances run about 90 minutes and include three singers.

The 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 performance includes a gala with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dancing.

"It's all in honor of Bonnie," Carter said. "She was such an amazing woman."

Tickets to the Feb. 7 show and Feb. 8 matinee are $22.

Tickets to the final Feb. 8 show and gala are $80 and include food and a champagne reception.

Tickets can be purchased online at themovementmission.com. Proceeds will go to the Melanoma Research Foundation.