Dance Depot has members from all over the Valley and there always seems to be something going on at the Ahwatukee Foothills studio.
This weekend it is a visit from the winner of the 2010 So You Think You Can Dance (Fox TV series), Lauren Froderman. She will be teaching a dance workshop on Sunday, Dec. 19, which will consist of three classes at $35 a piece.
Typically, this type of opportunity to take a class from a teacher such as Froderman is only offered at major dance conventions. However, Dance Depot Artistic Director Antoine Olds was a personal mentor to Froderman as she was growing up.
During this busy holiday season there is nothing slowing down Dance Depot, the studio recently decided to partner with Kre8tive Kids, an after-school program that supports the Kyrene Foundation.
"Our inspiration to partner with Kre8tive Kids was from one of the families from our studio who were actually the ones that founded the organization," explained Georgia Foote, co-owner of Dance Depot.
The foundation has more than 400 homeless students and families in need of personal hygiene products and Dance Depot has set its goal at raising 400 items.
"We chose the number 400 because there are around that many kids who are registered at the studio and if each of them at least brings in one item we would easily be able to reach our goal," Foote said. "I know it's hard to ask for people to give, especially with the economy the way it is, but these items are items that many of us take for granted."
They are collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, deodorant, combs, brushes and any other personal hygiene products. Dance Depot has a box in their front office where donations can be dropped off until Saturday, Dec. 18, at 32nd Street and Chandler Boulevard.
Since it is the giving season, the community is encouraged to participate and help Dance Depot conquer its goal.
"I couldn't be happier to be part of such a great cause, which touches so many," Foote said.
Kimberly Haug is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.