The Pink Ladies - Smiles, Applause And A Worthy Cause

By Djinn Shockley

I'd like to give props to all those who started out 2012 on a positive note. April Thomas, Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sassafras Dance Company, did indeed start the year with something productive and heartfelt.

The Sassafras Dance Company has two individual dance troupes that perform in the Louisville area, The Pink Ladies Movement, which dances for breast cancer awareness, and the Tutu Revue, which is a Burlesque Troupe. Both troupes have talented dancers who not only entertain, but sometimes do so for nothing more than smiles, applause and giving money to a worthy cause.

The Pink Ladies held their first event of the New Year on Friday the 13th at the Rudyard Kipling with proceeds being donated for Breast Cancer awareness. Friday the 13th, does not always bring ill luck or misfortune, as these wonderful dancers raised $150 for a good cause. Some may say that isn't very much, but reality is, every penny these talented ladies make for cancer awareness helps someone.

The dancers and entertainers spent many hours rehearsing and networking to put together this event. All their shows are themed; the Rudyard event was dubbed Bringing Back the 80's and the 90's. The performers danced their hearts out to songs like MC Hammer's "You Can't Touch This" and Prince's "When Doves Cry."

April had a nice turnout for performers including The Pink Ladies Movement; Seraphina (a renowned local sword and belly dancer); Rya Baila (a regional Belly Dancer); Babs Fatale (an amazing aerial artist); The Sevanti Tribal Dance Collective; Blue Rose Studio (Belly Dancers from Brandenburg); The infamous drag queens Miss Christy Davenport and Miss Cadillac Seville (these ladies really put the GLAM in glamour) and last but definitely not least, Rhonda Miller, (Owner of Hoopadelia Hoops and Hoop Dancer). If you've never seen anyone dance with hoops … you will be awed by the control and fluid movements.

Over all, this was an amazing show with truly graceful and talented performers. These ladies put an unbelievable amount of energy and soul into their show. Even the costumes were works of art that complimented each dancer's performance.

The Pink Ladies' next event will be at 8 pm on February 21 at The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road. If you'd like to help with Breast Cancer awareness, be sure to come and watch these ladies dance their hearts out.