Isaac Orrante is dancing in his father's footsteps -- and his mother's as well.
Because the 14-year-old Clintonville boy is taking after his ballet-dancing parents, he won't be able to attend an event his father, Jimmy Orrante, launched to raise money in support of the National Hemophilia Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter.
Isaac, the son of Jimmy and Sonia Orrante, was born with the bleeding and clotting disorder.
Instead of being able to attend the May 20 event, the Benefit, Isaac will dance that evening in a New Albany Ballet Company production of "Cinderella," which was choreographed by his father and Amy Tremante.
The Benefit, the music-and-dance event that last year moved from the performance space of BalletMet, where Jimmy Orrante was a principal for 19 years before retiring in 2015, to the larger Davidson Theatre in the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are $16 and are available at nhfcentralohio.org/ what-we-do/special-events.
This will be the fifth annual event, produced by Orrante and Attila Bongar, a BalletMet choreographer and dancer.
"As long as we have good communication among the dancers, the rapport among us and especially with the musicians ... as long as we're surrounded by good artistic minds, we feel good about doing this," Jimmy Orrante said. "Doing it for five years, we have people looking forward to doing it. We had more volunteers this time than ever before. People know of the Benefit and they know how impactful a show it's been."
Among those looking forward to participating in the show for a fifth straight year is Lauren Fadeley, now with the Miami City Ballet. She said the first time she was invited to dance in the Benefit by Bongar, "I think (it was) through Facebook or something." Fadeley had appeared in a ballet fundraiser against cancer that was produced by a friend of Bongar.
Fadeley was with the Pennsylvania Ballet the first time she was in the show and was able to come in only for the weekend to perform two solo dances.
"I had the best time," she recalled. "I met so many wonderful people and realized it's for such a great cause.
"When they asked me to be part of it next year, I was thrilled. I feel like I'm part of the Benefit group now."
An addition to the Benefit group this time is Russell Lepley, owner of the Flux + Flow studio in Clintonville with his husband, Filippo Pelacchi. Lepley choreographed an original dance for the May 20 event at the urging of Orrante, a neighbor and longtime friend.
"I was super-grateful for the opportunity," Lepley said. "It's a lot of fun to be able to work with the BalletMet dancers."
He added that the collaboration among dancers, musicians and others involved in the Benefit has been especially rewarding.
"It's really refreshing to have an event like the Benefit where we're all gathering together for a good cause," Lepley said.