Hilliard Northwest News

Jan. 13

Local students organize Giving with Grace recital


Two Hilliard high school students are helping organize Giving with Grace, a Columbus DanceArts Academy recital to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road. Tickets are $10 at the door.

It is the second year that students at the Dublin-based Columbus DanceArts Academy have organized the charity performance. Students ages 9 to 18 are enrolled at the academy.

The first show raised almost $4,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer foundation.

Academy students Corrinne Bailey, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, Kayla Chilcote, a junior at Hilliard Darby High School, and Andie Knudson, a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School, are student chairs of this year's performance.

Twenty-six dancers are expected to perform this year, and the students at Columbus DanceArts Academy organize and choreograph the one-hour show.

Students at the academy submit original ideas, and the chairs organize a lineup.

"(The student chairs) screen all the performers and make sure everything is age (and skill-level) appropriate," Chilcote said.

Bailey, Chilcote and Knudson also will market the show and oversee the production of T-shirts and the distribution of posters.

"The kids hope to surpass last year's earnings by spreading the word more this year," said Laurie Chilcote, Kayla's mother and publicity chairwoman for Giving with Grace.

A musical performance by Isken & The Freelancers will open the show, followed by a video featuring St. Jude hospital and then the student performances.