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Dance for a Cure: A Dazzling Cultural Display

Nandanik Dance Troupe is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote Indian classical dance styles in USA. They hold an annual gala fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society

What could be more entertaining than watching a colorful display of music and dance, learning about and enjoying a culture -- and helping support the American Cancer Society at the same time? That's what the Nandanik Dance Troupe is aiming to do with their annual musical fundraiser "Dance for a Cure" gala for the American Cancer Society.

The 3rd annual gala is Saturday, November 30 the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Musical Hall in Carnegie. Dancers from Pittsburgh and Cleveland will come together to present dances from India along with vocal and instrumental music at this unique event.

For founder and Artistic Director Nandini Mandal, the effort is personal: she's a survivor of Acute Mylogenous Leukemia survivor and a stem cell transplant recipient. "As a dancer, choreographer, art activist, and mother of two girls, dance and music helped me recover faster," wrote Mandal in an e-mail to Sparkt.

The gala raised about $7,000 last year, and this year's goal is $10,000. "This is my offering to the community as we help raise more awareness about the American Cancer Society and the help they offer to both patients and caregivers," said Mandal.

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