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In Motion dancers wow audiences with ‘Cats’ show

Deena Roming (at left) presents a check to HerSmile director, Dena Betti, during the final performance of Cats on Dec. 17, 2016. (COURTESY / On File)
Deena Roming (at left) presents a check to HerSmile during the final performance of Cats on Dec. 17, 2016. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In Motion Dance Center (IMDC) took to the stage once again to awe and inspire audiences with a professional quality production – this time for a great cause. The local dance studio donated proceeds from their latest musical to HerSmile, a Martinez-based organization that strives to better the lives of those who’ve tragically lost loved ones.

IMDC offered two performances of the Broadway hit “Cats” on the stage at Martinez Junior High School Dec. 17. Approximately 1,000 were in attendance for the benefit, raising $2,331 for HerSmile.

A check was presented to HerSmile organizer, Dena Betti, at the conclusion of the evening performance.

The show consisted of over 95 dancers, all in custom Cats costumes. One attendee, Angie Best, said of the performance: “We felt like we were in New York at an actual Broadway show!”

Local talent shined as the In Motion Dance Center students performed Cats on the stage at Martinez Junior High School. (COURTESY / On File)
Local talent shined as the In Motion Dance Center students performed Cats on the stage at Martinez Junior High School. (COURTESY / On File)

IMDC Director Deena Roming said the experience for the dancers was overwhelming. “They got to do something they love (dance), and donate to a great cause at the same time. It definitely taught them the real reason for the season.

“The buzz at the dance studio the last three days since the show has been impressive,” Roming said in a follow-up after the show. “The dancers are so happy and the families are thrilled that their dancers are learning more than just dance.”

For more information on IMDC, visit http://inmotiondancer.com. For information on the non-profit HerSmile, visit http://hersmile.org.

The Cats cast featured over 95 dancers from Martinez-based studio, In Motion Dance Center. (COURTESY / On File)
The Cats cast featured over 95 dancers from Martinez-based studio, In Motion Dance Center. (COURTESY / On File)

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